Working one-on-one with a writer

People have different reasons for wanting to work one-on-one. A few years back, a Portland-area naturopath reached out and asked if I'd work with her so she could begin writing and publishing articles that would help her build her business. Not long after, her mother contacted me and asked if I'd work with her so she could grow as a poet and build a manuscript. While everyone has different goals (articles, poetry, manuscript editing), the reasons people seek out a one-on-one writing engagement boil down to a few common denominators. To grow as a writer; to complete a project; and to produce something.

Grow as a writer

  • Regardless of your career or profession, the higher we climb up the proverbial ladder, the more likely others will ask (or require, for that matter) us to write, submit articles for publication, lead conferences, give presentations and, in a word, communicate.
  • A number of people I've worked with would "never" call themselves "a writer," yet they are asked to write again and again. Working one-on-one, I'm available to support your growth, and boost your confidence, where writing and communicating is concerned.
  • In addition, I'm on hand to review, critique, edit, and nudge your work forward.

Complete a project

  • Again, whether you call yourself a writer, or have a writing project in mind, chances are you've started it, stopped it, come back to it, quit it, and put it on the shelf a few times.
  • Maybe it's a memoir. Maybe it's a book about business leadership. Maybe you simply can't get past page 43 for some reason. In this situation, we set up specific benchmarks and goals, and then we plug away, keeping in mind that the process rarely moves in a straight line. So we build in breaks too, and when a break simply has to happen (built in or not), we honor the process.
  • In the end, I work with you as you follow the steps toward completion.

Produce something

Sometimes, the concept of "production" is intangible. For instance, writers want to "produce the feeling" that they've accomplished something by the fact that they now have a regular writing schedule. Other times, it's extremely tangible: a writer wants to produce a book. Either way, both goals are within sight when working one-on-one.

With regards to the intangible, two of the things I focus on include creating time, and creating space. For many writers, time and/or space is what they lack, whether it be time away from family or obligations to get work done, or the fact that they don't have a comfortable space where they can go and write. Little by little, we chip away at the negative reinforcements and build a plan that gets through these barriers.

With regards to the tangible, imagine you're a professional something or the other who's looking for more public speaking engagements. You know that "great idea for a book" that's been floating around in your head for about five years? What would happen if you actually took 20 or so copies of that book to your next speaking engagement? Do you think it would prove to be a more powerful networking tool than your business card? More powerful than your trifold brochure? So do I. Your book--or your article series, or your ongoing podcast--will set you apart as a leader in your industry way more than anything else you can truck around.

Let's talk about your ideas and your writing