As both a writer and a creativity coach for writers, Bekki Hill's first message for her guest blog with KTWs is that…
Have you ever told anyone that you write, to met by the question:
|Coach Yourself to Writing Success|
by Bekki Hill
- Start by identifying what you want to achieve in the short as well as the longer term. That way you can manage both your own and others expectations more effectively.
- Tame others expectations by being more detailed about what you do. For example instead of saying you write, say you have an interest in a particular area and write articles about it, or if you want to write for children, say you’re learning about writing for children. If you’re not aiming for publication consider why you write so you can help others understand you’re not interested in publication.
- Don’t try to do too much too soon - you’ll eventually lose faith without any help. That doesn’t mean you can’t reach for the stars, just make sure at each step you’re being realistic.
- Remind yourself that your writing is strong or improving by collect things such as positive rejections, competition wins or good feedback from tutors.
- If you’re not ready to be published and others make you feel negative about it, remind yourself that just because you can type it doesn’t mean you’re ready for publication - just as people who can pick up a tennis racket aren’t ready to play at Wimbledon and not everyone who knows how to use a scalpel can perform brain surgery.
|NLP for Writers |
by Bekki Hill