Jocelyn Paige Kelly, Creativity Coach and Transitions Coach for Creative Professionals

I’ve recently started with working with a writing coach. And I’ve found it so beneficial, I wanted to share the love by introducing you, dear readers, to a broad spectrum of coaches with a broad range of expertise.

clip_image001For today’s guest, please offer a warm welcome to Jocelyn Paige Kelly

I discovered Jocelyn on Twitter, where she tweets inspiration for creatives of all types as @jpk_rycl (which, I believe stands for: Jocelyn Paige Kelly – Realizing Your Creative Life). She writes thought-provoking posts about the interplay of life and creativity.

How can a writer decide if working with a coach would benefit them?

The best way to decide is to dive in and take a test drive. Most coaches will give a free consultation and session so they can experience the process themselves and understand the benefits first hand. This also gives the curious seeker and the experienced coach an opportunity to see if there’s synergy there between them.

What sort of goals or skills do you work on with a client?

My background and skill set is in working with various modes of stress management (hypnosis, meditation, art therapy, storytelling and journaling). I believe in overall life balance with creativity being at the center of it.

When I work with clients, I follow their lead. It’s very important for me to respect and match their pace. Whether a client comes to me to work on finishing a specific project or comes with a variety of creative issues and challenges, I work with them in a co-creative atmosphere to help them achieve their goals or create a better understanding of their own creative process.

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Writing Tools: Cool Finds

Check out my favorite writing tools for the week—websites to inspire, encourage, and help you on your writing journey. Enjoy!

One Page Per Day presents the writer with a single blank page—freeing you from the “tyranny of the infinite page.” Log on daily to log your page and keep up momentum on your work-in-progress.

writing tools - One Page per Day

Check out the 911 Writers Block tool for emergency response to your writing problems! This site offers a plethora of images, quotes, and inspirational words:

writing tools - 911 Writers Block

Ever wonder if you overuse a particular word or phrase? The Word Frequency Counter on WriteWords will let you know:

writing tools - word frequency counter

Looking for the perfect rhyme? Try the Write Rhymes website:

writing tools - Write Rhymes

What about you? Do you have any favorite online writing tools to share?

Friday Series: What’s Next?

As I wrap up my Friday series of interviews with writing and creativity coaches and those who work with them, I’m tossing around ideas for my next Friday series.

I was hoping all you wonderful readers would offer some input.

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Have other suggestions? Please let me know in the comments!

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Ten Questions to Ask When Beginning a Book

Do any of these describe you?
  1. You’re a plotter, and you’re starting to figure out the structure of your novel.
  2. You’re a plotter, and now that you’ve worked out all the ins and outs of your story structure, you’re ready to begin the book.
  3. You’re a pants-ster, you’ve got an awesome idea, and you’re ready to charge into writing.
  4. Plotter or pants-ter, you’ve finished draft 1 of your book and you’re ready to give it an overhaul.
This post is for those of you are ready to tackle your book project, beginning at the beginning.

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And man, that beginning can be a toughie. Richard Peck writes his entire novel, then tosses out the first chapter (without reading it) and writes it again. Jerry Spinelli, award-winning author of Stargirl, says he tosses the whole BOOK out after finishing draft one. It’s not until he finishes that first draft that he feels that he really knows what the story is about.

Why am I thinking of these things? Because I’m revisiting last year’s NaNoWriMo novel—the one that didn’t quite happen—and I think I understand why the words refused to flow. I didn’t know the answer to these questions. This week, I’m busy answering them—and I hope you find them useful, too!

Questions to Ask When Beginning Your Book

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