The Phases Of The Writers Life

Over the course of​ my writing life, I have noticed that other writers and I cycle through a​ series of​ steps on our path toward maturity as​ a​ writer. When people come to​ me for coaching, they often do not know where they are on the path and what they need to​ move forward. I’ve identified the phases and given suggestions for the support will best serve at​ each phase. of​ course, I have seen the powerful impact of​ coaching at​ each phase, but I have added other means of​ support that are valuable for the writer’s journey.

Infancy You get the spark of​ creation. You are nervous about your inclination to​ write, not knowing where to​ get advice, information and support. Sometimes at​ this phase, people are afraid to​ even say aloud that they are a​ writer. Practice saying it​ at​ home, with the pets as​ audience, and see how it​ feels. Your loved ones may think you are nuts for wanting to​ write, but you feel more energized than you have in​ years. This phase also applies to​ writers who have taken a​ hiatus from writing and are coming back to​ honor a​ long-lost urge.

Best support for this phase: Hire a​ coach. With the support of​ a​ coach, you will be able to​ recognize that your emotions and challenges are common. a​ coach will help you harness that enthusiasm into a​ practice that will get you on a​ strong,
steady track.

Childhood You have the exuberance of​ twenty people when it​ comes to​ writing. You want to​ write everything! You try essays, short stories, poetry, op-ed letters. Your exuberance and desire to​ learn carries you over any hurdles. You get a​ lot of​ practice in​ writing.

Best support for this phase: Take classes and join groups. This is​ a​ great time to​ be a​ sponge and absorb all the learning you can. Practice in​ whatever genre attracts you. This will help determine where your gifts lie and how to​ best use them.

Teen Years Your exuberance turns to​ restlessness. You want to​ see some results – publication, pay even! You yearn to​ narrow your focus and choose a​ path that will bring your writing dreams to​ reality.

Best support for this phase: Hire a​ coach. at​ this phase, a​ coach can help remind you of​ your original spark and motivation for writing. With a​ coach’s questions, you’ll be able to​ discover what is​ important for you and how to​ focus and commit.

Adulthood The rubber hits the road. You settle into your chosen genre. This may be where you write a​ novel or​ a​ memoir, or​ really develop your poetry. This is​ good, and you start to​ take yourself seriously.

Best support for this phase: Keep learning, with classes, books, online resources. This is​ a​ great time to​ be in​ a​ peer group, giving and getting feedback on your work. a​ group facilitated by a​ coach is​ a​ good idea, as​ it​ will help you to​ deepen your writing practice.

Full Maturity You’ve been at​ it​ for a​ decade or​ two and now realize the magnitude of​ what it​ takes to​ be a​ writer. This is​ no work for lightweights. You have publications under your belt and find yourself giving advice to​ whippersnappers writers. You read with a​ greater appreciation and realize how amazing good writing really is. You have a​ long term plan for your career and feel the power of​ your commitment.

Best support for this phase: Befriend writers who are further along than you. Find a​ mentor. Work with a​ coach who can help navigate the emotional swings of​ success.

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