While a large percentage of people claim to want to write a book, very few do. Some sit down to write with great enthusiasm, but stop when the words stop “magically flowing”. Many jot down notes on post its but never get around to putting it all together. Often people just walk around thinking or dreaming of writing a novel, but never take any tangible steps toward doing so. Why?

Lack of time is listed as the number one reason. Lack of discipline or family and work obligations brings up a close second. If you have a desire to wright, but you do not know how to write a good novel or cannot seem to find the time, energy or “discipline”,  or perhaps are having trouble organizing your composition, consider hiring a writing coach. Hundreds of workshops, writing groups and online courses promise to help you write your novel. So why hire a live person to help you write your novel? Because, all too often, the lack of understanding regarding why you write or don’t write, an absence of consistent support, non-specific direction and personal accountability result in failure. All of the things above are needed to finish a novel. Which is why, the idea of hiring a book-writing coach has growing appeal.

A book writing coach is a certified Life Coach that has written one or more books and specializes in helping others write their book.

Hiring someone who knows your story, can help you through writing block, creative time management, setting goals for the book, finding the right professionals to represent, edit and publish, and finally can help you push through the tough times of writing to bring your dream to life, a finished product. That is why a coach is a smart option.

Programs vary from coach to coach. The goal should be a finished manuscript. The process may take on various direction on how to accomplish this, but, hey typically consist of weekly sessions from 60 to 90 minutes where your writing is reviewed and any issues that may have come up to stall the writing process are discussed. The program may also include email access to the writing coach online during the week; weekly accountability prompts; encouragements and or bonuses added to aide the writer to reaching their goal.

A writing coach is not necessarily someone who edits your work, although often such professionals do editing work in their spare time. A writing coach coming from a place of relateability as an author will help the writer meet the challenges of writing. They will have tools to assist the writer to break through blocks, make time and find their own voice. A writing coach will hold you accountable to the schedule and goals you set for your novel, when the enthusiasm has gone. A writing coach will push you to bring forth your best work and support you along the way to becoming your best self. Writing a novel will transform you. Having a coach their on there on the sidelines is like having someone waiting for you along the path in a marathon. With their assistance you will make it across the finish line.

It is critical to the process to be vested in the outcome. A coach will expect you to not only meet your writing goals but also to make time for the coaching sessions and follow through with self determined guidelines. You will be required to set attainable objectives, which your coach will help you determine. You may receive what seems like less than positive feedback on your writing,as you set down the story, but the coaches job is to support you during the growth, and stimulate your creative juices.

A professional such as Kimberly Benjamin is more interested in helping you overcome your doubts, find the time to write and helping you achieve your goal.

There are many things to take into account when hiring a writing coach. The most important thing to do is determine if the person is a match. A coach should understand what you want to achieve, who you want to write to or for and how best to guide you through the process. This means that you should interview a coach, or coach(es) before making a choice. A writing coach should be amenable to having a one hour consultation call prior to any commitment. They should have written guidelines outlining exactly what work they will perform and the expectations they have of the client. The amount of time spent coaching, reviewing and assisting with other professional services.

Last but not least, think about your project. Collaborate with someone who understands you, someone you feel comfortable discussing your dream with. Make sure they grasp what you want to accomplish.