I’ve landed a few marketing and content development clients. I’m enjoying the work and the income is nice. I’m fortunate to have found enough work to fill many of the hours I have available to work. For now, it’s a case of having my eggs in only two baskets. That works short term, but is not a good strategy long term. It would make sense to expand my business marketing efforts to attract more of the same kind of work but, I don’t want to lose site of my love of creative writing.
It’s easy to get fixated on the income and stay in a certain track one where you know what to do and how to do it. I’ve done that in the past, but it hasn’t really worked out. I get bored and start to feel stuck. I’m a curious person and I love to stretch my creative muscles and learn new things. I do better when I’m working on project in difference spaces (not necessarily at the same time). One of my long term goals is to write and sell romantic fiction I’m also interested in exploring personal essays, creative non-fiction and articles, three very diverse markets. I’ve done some research and taken some courses so I feel like I have a basic understanding of what needs to be done, but I’m considering working with a coach to achieve my goals. I recognize the value in investing in my professional development and I think working with a coach could streamline my learning process and possibly expedite the time to publication.
Prior to starting my search for a coach, I’ve spent some time mulling some questions. My hope is that clarifying what I want upfront will simply the search, help me find a good match and insure a good return on my investment.
- Here are some of the questions I’m thinking on:
- Why do I want to work with a writing coach?
- What do I expect to gain from employing a writing coach?
- What specific expertise am I looking for in a coach?
- Which skills am I looking to develop and which are my priority?
- How much time per week/month can I realistically dedicate to working with a coach?
- How much money am I willing to invest in working with a coach?
- What kind of relationship am I looking for? Short term? Long term?
- Do I want in person meetings? Phone Coaching? Email? A combination?
- Do I want one on one coaching (more personalized, but more expensive) or will a group coaching situation work (less expensive, and less personalized, but with the added benefit of building more contacts).
Have you worked with a coach to develop or expand your skill set? Is there anything I else I should be asking myself?
Lee Laughlin is a writer, wife, and mom, frequently all of those things at once. She blogs at Livefearlesslee.com. She is currently a member of the Concord Monitor Board of Contributors. Her words have also appeared in a broad range of publications from community newspapers to the Boston Globe. She is a member of the New Hampshire Chapter of Romance Writers of America and is currently at work on her first novel.