Do I Need A Writing Mentor?

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Have you ever wondered if your writing is any good?

It’s a common question most writers have, especially early in the first draft stages of writing a book. It’s natural to feel self-doubt; you wouldn’t be human otherwise.

Maybe you started strong but then began to feel overwhelmed. Or perhaps the words you put on the page didn’t match what you had in mind. Maybe your characters aren’t jumping off the page, or you don’t know how to go about deepening your reader’s connection?

Is something in your book “not quite right”, but you can’t put your finger on it?

Do you have a great idea but are struggling to work it into something book-shaped?

Are you stuck with your synopsis or outline?

Have you sent off your manuscript to agents or publishers only to stack up the rejection letters?

Is the dialogue sparkly but the characters one-dimensional?

Is there just something not working but you’re not sure what?

With so much to think about on your writing journey, it is not surprising that you begin to question your abilities as a writer.

And before you know it, your book idea and your half-finished manuscripts are collecting dust.

You, “I’ll start working on my book again next week.” Then, “Next month.” Then, “Next year.”

Sound familiar?

Wait. Read these four words out loud:

“I am a writer.”

There, you said it!

If doubt and overwhelm stand between you and your writing, it’s time to start exploring ways of overcoming obstacles that are present in so many of our writing lives. Every time you catch yourself thinking you aren’t good enough, remind yourself that you are, that you have every potential in the world to be a great writer. Nothing kills a healthy writing life like self-criticism, overwhelm and doubt.

Finding the creative energy to write is often a solitary act and finding help from someone outside of your writing process can often breathe oxygen into your work.

You can overcome these obstacles easily with support from a writing mentor.

Your writing mentor will:

Help you to structure the writing process so you can finish writing your book.

Hold you accountable to your writing goals, helping you stay inspired, focused and determined.

Provide clear, concise input and suggestions for any challenges that arise during the writing process.

Provide helpful writing feedback that will help you improve your writing.

Even if you still don’t consider yourself a writer, a step-by-step writing mentoring program will turn the dream of a book into a reality with editorial and emotional support.

It’s powerful and it’s motivating and it helps you write the very best book you can.

You receive feedback an agent or publisher would provide for traditionally published writers; feedback may include notes on character development, chapter transitions, pacing and flow, tone and voice, structure and direction, and support for overcoming the challenges of the writing life.

If you’re not convinced you need a writing mentor, think about some more benefits of working with one:

Helps you set clear goals and then checks to make sure you’re meeting them. This may include getting clarity on why you want to write.

Develop a story map, outline and structure for your book.

Will help you with accountability and develop a plan to reach weekly and monthly goals.

Provide feedback on – and edit – your writing.

Provide you with guidance and exercises to get obstacles that are getting in the way of writing.

Help you overcome creativity blocks.

It’s crucial to have someone you trust telling you, “Yes, you are a writer. Keep going.”

A writing mentor cares about helping you achieve the goals you set within the timeframes you desire. They help you think outside the box, coming up with fresh new strategies to assist you in moving from where you are now to where you want to be.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do. – Eleanor Roosevelt

 

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