If you have a writing project and think you would benefit from working with a consultant, I invite you to get in touch with me. As a consultant, I would help you develop a plan, stay on track (remain accountable), and work through “blocks” and “setbacks”. I would also read your drafts and give you regular feedback on your writing. Due to limited time, I need to be selective. I generally only choose people with whom I feel some collaborative and creative chemistry. Having said that, please feel free to ask.

Regardless of whether we work together, there are some essential points I’d like to bring to your attention. These are important to keep in mind when choosing to work (or continue to work) with someone.

Suggestions

  • Generally speaking, the person you work with shouldn’t make you dislike writing. If you already don’t enjoy writing, the person you work with shouldn’t make you enjoy it even less. If that’s the case, the two of you are probably not a good match.
  • The person you work with should be, at least to some degree, aware of your overarching vision and intentions, your super-ordinate goal, or the big WHY behind your writing. This means the feedback you receive shouldn’t only be about grammar, sentence structure, or how “smoothly” your text reads. People who don’t understand why you are writing will inevitable wish to make your writing easy-to-endure for other disinterested readers–others who share the same position as them with respect to your writing.
  • Be patient with the feedback you receive. Often times, when we send someone a draft, we expect the work to be finished or nearly finished. We expect only praise! But the feedback might invite you to return to the work, revise, re-revise, and re-revise again. It will take time to develop the patience required for this type of return, for taking your time, and for staying with a piece of writing until it truly ripens.
  • You can disagree with the feedback. Your editor, reviewer, mentor, consultant, colleague, friend or whoever else is giving you feedback on your writing is a fallible human being, regardless of their great writing accomplishments. You should take charge of your writing project and make the final decisions.
Recommended: Pat Schneider’s “Writing Alone & with Others”

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