What does a mentor actually do?
This is a fair question. In the last decade, life coaching has boomed as an industry. Niche coaching or mentoring has followed closely behind. You can find a coach to help you de-clutter, find a job, parent, and get fit. Marie Kondo (famous Japanese de-cluttering coach) has not only written a book, but now has a TV show where she coaches people to simplify their belongings, and therefore their life. A writing coach essentially declutters your writing, allowing you to access a clean version of your ideas. As a writing coach I help my clients clarify their intentions about their writing, write an outline so they have a clear path ahead, discover that there are enough hours in the day to write, identify writing blocks, and learn about craft as they go. Most importantly I help my clients get their project done!
Who needs a mentor?
We lead busy lives. We have an infinite amount of information at our fingertips. We have lots of things we want to do. We need to be efficient. If you have an idea for a book that you really want to write but haven’t made as much progress as you planned, you would benefit from a writing coach.
Can you relate to any of these points?
If I am your mentor:
We can work together for 3 -9 months depending on the pace you desire or the time you have available
Let’s face it, working with a mentor is an investment. Some might even say it’s a luxury. But it’s the most efficient way to get a book written because you are accountable to someone from the very beginning, and you are constantly learning as you go. How many posts do you see dedicated to writer's block, procrastination, not knowing how to do something, finding time to write? A good mentor will address all of these things.
If you have a question, you can send me an email. If you are feeling unmotivated, you reach out to me and we will find the root of the problem. If the content is too abundant, too scarce, too emotional, too boring… we find solutions.
We create deadlines and we stick to them.
Do you have an idea, maybe just a starting point, an inspiring character, an unbelievable dilemma, or perhaps you are further along and have been thinking about your idea for quite a while but... you feel overwhelmed about sitting down and writing?
Are you ready to take your idea and turn it into the book you have been dreaming about?
"Writing, especially when you don’t have much experience, can be something quite difficult. With Kirsten and the detailed comments she gave me, I started to realize what obstacles I was experiencing with my writing, but I also recognized some of the strengths in my writing. If it weren’t for Kirsten, I think I’d still be in that place wondering why my writing didn’t come together as I wanted it to. Kirsten will definitely be the first person I contact when I need a manuscript assessment in the future."