A book mentor not only asks the questions (as above) but is committed towards taking your work to a logical conclusion and helps you achieve the (realistic) vision goal that you have set for yourself.
A writing coach will apart from other things:
- Understand what works for you in terms of the writing process itself
- Understand your vision for the work undertaken. By vision, I mean, what is that you as a writer see the work become – the end product: A lyrical prose poem? A chic-lit fun caper of sorts? A business book that de-mystifies FEMA guidelines for the layman? A chilling who-dunnit-detective novel that is going to become the next big movie?
- Help you arrive at a realistic and sustainable vision
- Diagnose writing problems such as the famed writer’s block or the no-time-to-write issues
- Brainstorm with you and aid both imaginative thinking as well as self-analysis.
- Will help you understand what works, what doesn’t and what needs to be done to align it to your vision
- Help you address weaknesses in the writing craft and help you overcome those weaknesses by giving you craft exercises to work on
- Help you strengthen your own writing skills
- Help you develop structure to your writing (chapterizations, use of index cards, back-stories etc)
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