Wasting Your Life In Agony

I'm sitting here, staring at the blank page.  Or perhaps it's not blank, it's 70,000 words in but it's just not working.  Either way, I've been sitting at my desk for 54 minutes now and all I've done is agonised.  There's so little time and energy left in my life outside of work and I've just wasted a whole hour of it.  This is awful enough, but this isn't the first time.  I ask myself, how many hours of my life have I actually wasted on this thing that doesn't work?  I'm not a writer.  How can I be, if I hate this feeling so much?  If only there was someone I could speak to, who could get me out of this - who has the time to hear me out and get me kick-started again.  But for this I need someone who knows my characters, my plot ideas inside out.  Otherwise there's no point in speaking to them.  People say I should just get a writing partner, but then everything has to be about compromise.  I want my vision not someone else's.  I just need a little help in getting it out.    

Getting It Out

Having a life coach work alongside you as a writer means an end to these problems.  You don't get stuck in agony on your own because you always have someone to call, to work through problems with.  A coach doesn't just know your project inside and out, they also know you inside and out.  This means they're incredibly quick at getting to the sponsoring cause of why you're not writing effectively.  The power of having a sounding board as a writer changes everything.  Sometimes just talking through your ideas, rather than having them bounce around the inside of your own head, can lead you out of a hole.  But the coach who knows you and your project can also ask you challenging questions to help get you thinking about a character from a different or deeper perspective.  A coach is also great at preventing you getting lost in complicated or large plots.  They know your vision, your plan and your genre, and won't let you deviate.

Raising Your Quality

It's all very well mastering the art of completion, but so many writers ultimately fail because their writing simply isn't good enough.  This isn't usually because of a lack of talent, but because they aren't sufficiently aware of - or prepared to face - their own strengths and weaknesses as a writer.  A coach is keyed into you being the biggest success you possibly can be and won't allow you to just send your manuscripts off to polite friends or family.  While a coach is always encouraging and completely on your side, they will also help you create a plan for overcoming the weaknesses in your writing.  A script editor or manuscript consultant is the most qualified person for uncovering these, but you still need someone to help you digest and assimilate their suggestions.  A coach makes sure you don't overcompensate, lose confidence or fall back into these patterns at a later date.  Perhaps, most importantly, a coach is someone who is with you for the whole journey, helping you plan and re-plan throughout the many drafts(!) - right to the bitter end.