Welcome to our ongoing writing coach series.
Today, I have something different to bring you: a tale of working with writing coach Cynthia Morris (interviewed earlier this month), from a client’s perspective. I hope you enjoy meeting the lovely Beth Gainer as much as I have, and that her story inspires you to follow your dreams.
Being Coached by Cynthia Morris—from Beth L. Gainer
Two years ago, I called writing coach Cynthia Morris, whom a friend highly recommended. Although I was a seasoned writer, I was scared to make that call, for I had no idea what it was like to be coached.
But I knew I needed help.
The book I wanted to write would help others. A breast cancer survivor with extensive exposure to the medical system, I wanted to write a book to help others learn how to handle a complicated, often-uncaring healthcare system. I had already written posts on this topic on my Calling the Shots blog.
But I had no idea of how to write a book. I published many articles and other short pieces, but creating a longer work frightened me.
So I made the call that changed my life.
Cynthia believed in my book’s concept and in me; she was enthusiastic about my putting this book out into the world. Sensing I was highly motivated to accomplish this daunting project, she agreed to coach me. And I hired her because she believed in my concept – and me – right away.
But I had external and internal obstacles that seemed impossible to overcome. Externally, I had many responsibilities to juggle. Besides having a challenging career, I was a new, single mother. How was I going to find the time to write a book? Internally, I was plagued with fears of failure and a lack of confidence that I could accomplish my goal.