In today’s video, the coaches answer the question: What’s is like to be book coached?
Are you curious about book coaching? How does it all work? What are the benefits? The hard bits? Today three book coaches talk about what it has been like for them to be book coached on their own work. We are all authors as well as book coaches and we have used book coaches to help us with our own work. We talk about the good parts and the bad parts too.
In today’s video, the coaches answer the question: I’m stuck in the midpoint. What should I write next?
Mired in the middle. The muddy middle. No matter what you call it, the middle can be a difficult spot for an author. It won’t be a surprise that the coaches are all going to extol the virtues of doing some pre-planning! In addition, Kerry offers a few specific prompts for getting unstuck, Stephanie reminds us of the value of cause-and-effect in writing scenes, and Terri suggests putting your protagonist in (figurative) hot water.
In today’s video, the coaches answer the question: Help! My book is too long. How can I revise to make it shorter?
This question comes from an author who has written more than 140 thousand words in their current novel. Can you relate? Many of us can. We write and write because we think that’s what we’re supposed to do. (News flash – doing some pre work, with a book coach or not, can really cut down on the amount of unnecessary writing you do). Bloated books don’t find their way to the marketplace or to the readers. Here the DBC coaches will help you find ways to cut down your manuscript – where to look, what to do, no matter what draft you’re on.
In today’s video, the coaches answer the question: What is your favorite craft book?
The book coaches share their favorite craft books with you and Terri is the only one of us who follows the rules and actually sticks to just one book! All of us have stacks of craft books, and as Stephanie says, it’s almost impossible to choose just one to recommend – like choosing your favorite child! Different books do different things and maybe if you asked us this question on a different day, our answers may have changed…or not! We think these books are in our craft book Hall of Fame. What are some of your favorite craft books? Please share!
In today’s video, the coaches answer the question: How can I find a writing community?
Despite all three book coaches being confirmed introverts, we all agree that the ability to talk about our work, our craft, and our love of writing is worth putting ourselves out there in the search for community. And there are SO many different ways to find community. Besides plenty of practical suggestions, Stephanie reminds us to have some patience and give things a chance, but also not to be afraid to let something go that’s not working and try again. Terri suggests that we also be willing to invest time AND money. And despite there being tons of different writing groups to join, Kerry still doesn’t love Facebook.
This week the coaches answer the question: Do I need to know the end of my book before I start?
The three coaches give you advice on how to find one, when to leave one and what to expect from a critique group. It’s important to have support in your writing. Critique groups can be that, but you should know a few things when looking for one.
In today’s video, the coaches answer the question: Who am I to write this book?
As Stephanie wisely points out, behind this question is fear and it can manifest itself in lots of different ways. Terri does a focusing exercise that brings up some interesting responses from both Kerry and Stephanie. Kerry suggests – what else? – doing research to make sure you’re educating yourself and treating your subject(s) with respect. All three book coaches agree that there’s one thing you shouldn’t do – give up!
This week the coaches answer the question: What are your favorite writing tools?
Dear Book Coach gets personal. What writing tools make the writing life easier? Does quiet count? Whether it be analog or digital, paper driven or computer, the coaches talk about their favorite writing tools. Why we love them, how we use them, when to put them down.