A Hard Truth Could Be The One that Changes Your Writing Life

February 4, 2013

If you’ve gotten something from these posts, or if I’ve already worked with you on edits or coaching – give a shout-out in the comments.  Let’s hear if I’ve made a difference in your work.

This weeks thoughts:

I read a lot of blogs written by novice writers. Whether they’re blogging about wanting to write, about trying to write, or posting their work for us to read (in all versions of revision), there’s an underlying thing happening.

They’re risking those thoughts, plans, and words with the online world. And that should be applauded.  It takes guts to face exposure, and judgments from readers.

Some of us want to help those novices. But, how do you visit someone’s site and leave a comment saying,

 “Hey, I read this, great start! You want some help making that story better?”

It’s a tricky thing. Involving the fragility of the ego and its dreams.  Personally, I want to read wonderful stories.

And I want to  be able to tell others, “You’ve got to read this!” and mean it with all my heart.

But, most of all, I want to help the world to write a better story.  Without hurting anyone’s feelings because I pointed out that help might be needed. That can be a Hard Truth to hear.

That should be the type of comment coming from someone who knows you and wants you to be the best writer you can become. And sometimes that comment can be followed by pointing them to someone who offers coaching and editor-work.

My brand of help involves working with your story’s structure and concentrating on content edits. Showing you the craft of writing elements within sentence and paragraph work.

Not so much with the things a novice can do on their own: punctuation or line edits to fix small things.  My clients work jsut (< see what I did there?) as diligently as I do on bettering their writing.

So if you read this blog regularly (and it seems folks from over 50 countries keep coming back: Hello, Mongolia!) and if you know of a new writer who can use some help with their stories, novels, or memoirs, let them know I coach and edit. Point them to the posts here.

Or even better, give them a Gift of Coaching.

Make it a birthday, or Valentine’s day, or Because-I-Believe-In-You gift of an hour or two of working with someone who wants to help.

Why send writers to see me? Why see me yourself?

Because my main goal for students is facilitating their own innate skills; bridging that space between what’s in their mind and heart, and what is on their page.

I have the ability to ‘midwife’ images and intuitions. And my empathy and intuitive feelings of unity form the cornerstone of my Bridge to Story coaching program.

If you want to get mushy, you can even say that my subtle gifts of heart and imagination allow me to easily enter into the inner world of others (others have, thanks Liz Greene!).

Steampunk, fan fiction, memoir, mainstream, chick lit or Bronies, I’m there with you.

As you surf and explore online you may find that some writing coaches charge what seem like high rates for a novice. My goal is never to charge what I think I can get from my writers.  Rather, I do this for you; and ask the least that I can get away with.

Risk learning. See the contact info on the side bar and spread the word to those writers you love.

ej

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7 Responses to “A Hard Truth Could Be The One that Changes Your Writing Life”

  1. Laura Bruno Lilly Says:

    Let me be the first to commend your pure passion for all things ‘writerly.’ Like a well-worn, dog-eared reference book, I often refer to your ‘bridges lessons’ for tweaking my own re-writes. I actively pass-on your website to others in my circle of writer-friends. Your openness in sharing is stellar and quality of insight is remarkable. Having stumbled upon you during nano was one of the highlights of that event for me!
    Yes, you have made a difference in my work…but please don’t let your desire to ‘help’ others overshadow your own creative muse…keep writing, lady!
    peace

    • ejrunyon Says:

      Thanks, Laura!
      It’s wonderful to ‘see’ what website stats can’t show: what is helpful to folks, what they take away from the pages they visit.
      As for my own writing– have no fear: aside from Claiming One (out now), there’s a nonfiction book for writers due out this July, also from Inspired Quill (UK).
      ej

  2. Karlie Says:

    I will definitely recommend you. Your patience, knowledge, and desire to help changed the way I write. I really enjoyed working with you, and if I have a career in story, at least half the credit belongs to you. Thanks so much!

  3. kanundra Says:

    Hi there, E.J is coaching me with my current novel. I highly recommend her, and I’ve learned so much in just three sessions!

    I’ve posted over the last few weeks on my own blog… at

    http://kanundra.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/editing-session-today-just-fab/

    feel free to check them out. they’re prob all tagged, editing.

    If anyone has any questions from a ‘client’ perspective, chuck them my way. I’m happy to discuss.

    I don’t want my sessions to end, that is how much I am getting from them.

    Thank you so much E.J you are amazing. 🙂

  4. kdefg Says:

    My writing has gone dormant, but I still enjoy reading about the process. I grew up with a parent who thought that “innate skills” couldn’t be taught, nurtured, coached, or improved. Either you had talent or you didn’t — that attitude has haunted me all my life, with writing and art and music and acting. It is encouraging for me to see examples that show even the best writers going thru cycles and stages and growth.

    • ejrunyon Says:

      kdefg,
      We can all grow beyond those early experiences of artistic ‘dampening’, especially if you bring a mentor into your writing life.
      Also, those ‘sense memories’ can be minded for some empathetic ways of POV.
      If you ever re-start a story or longer work, contact me for a complementary coaching session.
      ej


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