Support Other Writers: 10 Great Ways

Getting Known

In today’s publishing world, more and more writers are taking the leap into the online world. We blog, we Tweet, we participate in chats and bloghops and tribes and Google+ and a thousand other venues for GETTING KNOWN.

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Because that’s what it’s all about, right?*

Well…not exactly. I mean yes, as authors we do need to get our names out there, but if we focus solely on what the Internet can do for us, we’re missing the point. Newsgroups, Blogging, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest (did I miss any?) enable writers and readers to connect. These platforms provide places for us to engage with one another and, ultimately, develop relationships.

And online relationships, like most relationships, benefit from the age-old attitude that “it’s better to give than receive.”

If you want to be heard, stop thinking about how to shout louder. Think about what you have to offer.

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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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Daphne Gray-Grant, Publication Coach

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.

For today’s guest, please offer a warm welcome to Daphne Gray-Grant

Daph-jacket-02-HI REZI discovered Daphne on Twitter, where she tweets inspiration and information for writers as @pubcoach. She also writes a blog chock-full of writing and productivity tips. Read on as Daphne shares some of her tips for writers, as well as information about how she works with her coaching clients.

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

I think it comes down to this: You have to ask yourself whether it’s worth it to pay money to learn how to become a better, more effective writer. For some people, the immediate answer is ‘yes!’ They’ve suffered so much pain from writing, (or more usually, not writing!) they want the pain to stop. For others the answer may be no. Perhaps they have the time and discipline to read books on writing and work at teaching themselves. (Although, I have to note that this is not an easy task!) For still others – usually those who write for corporations – their boss or company may be willing to pay for the coaching, and for them the answer should be a rapid “yes!”

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

I work with corporate writers, bloggers and would-be authors of books. Every client is an individual and I’m very flexible but, generally, people want to work with me on one of the following areas:

  • How to beat writer’s block
  • How to write faster
  • How to become a better self-editor
  • How to self-publish

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10+ Sure-Fire Ways to Find Blog Post Ideas

Are you ever stuck for what to write?
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I frequently am—until, of course, I start working on something else, like that novel, or a big medical writing project that due the next day. Something about facing a bigger, tougher piece of work makes blogging ideas flow like the Colorado River.

But that’s not the recommended strategy for coming up with blog post topics.

In fact, skipping from one project to another is an ineffective use of time. Plus it bears a remarkable resemblance to procrastination. So how do you come up with fresh content for a blog you’ve been writing for more than a week, a month, or a year? Read on for ideas….

Ten Sure-Fire Ways to Find Blog Post Ideas

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