All authors have heard of proofreading. But do you also know what a writing coach does? In an interview, editor and writing Coach Gary Crum explains the difference, what makes a good writing coach and what her favorite experience has been so far.
In addition to editing and proofreading, you also offer writing coaching. How do these three things differ?
The manuscript is the focus of editing and proofreading. The editor and author jointly prepare it for publication. While typing, spelling and grammatical errors are corrected in the proofreading, the editing is about action, suspense, dialogues and much more. Both happen on the “finished” text. Editing and proofreading makes sense for every manuscript, so the author and the editor work together for many years – if the chemistry is right.
In nexus ghostwriting coaching, the author and his needs are the benchmark. The coach responds to the author’s wishes and works with him on a specific problem or topic. This usually happens during the writing process. The aim here is that the author can work on his writing topic at some point without the coach.
What makes a good writing coach anyway?
A good writing coach addresses the author’s concerns and helps them to solve their writing problem or to expand their writing skills. In doing so, he depends entirely on the author and gives him help to help himself. A good writing coach therefore makes himself superfluous as early as possible. He succeeds in doing this by expanding the author’s strengths and abilities with the right tools or exercises.
And for which authors is writing coaching interesting?
Writing coaching is useful if you want support during the writing process. If you get bogged down while writing your book or get stuck due to a blockage, you are in good hands with a writing coach. This can be interesting for both beginners and professionals. Thanks to the intensive support, the author gets to know various writing techniques, increases his skills and later knows what to do even in difficult phases.
How does writing coaching work?
In an initial conversation, the author discusses his concerns with the coach. Together they consider what focus the collaboration should have and what this might look like. This “sniffing” is incredibly important because the chemistry between author and coach has to be right for successful coaching.
Of course, it is best to have on-site coaching; personal contact makes collaboration easier. If that is not possible, advice by phone or Skype is of course also possible. Coaching by email is rather difficult, but it would be conceivable as support. The author specifies the interval between the individual appointments and it can also be renegotiated each time whether a continuation is desired. A coaching unit lasts one to a maximum of two hours.
How can you become a writing coach and why did you choose it?
Unfortunately, there is no recognized training to become a writing coach. This of course makes it difficult for authors to find a competent writing partner. However, there are training courses and seminars. The writing coach should have a degree and the right professional background.
As an editor, I have had the experience on several occasions that authors want support in the writing process. In other words, something that goes beyond pure text work in editing or proofreading. So it was a good idea to work with authors on the development and to support them in writing a wonderful book. I really enjoy working with text and people. No manuscript and no author are alike, which makes the collaboration varied and exciting.
What was your best experience as a writing coach so far?
A hobby author finally found joy in editing her manuscript through the coaching, was motivated and improved her writing skills considerably over time. Accompanying this development was a wonderful experience.