Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Road Trip Wednesday: Writing Coach

It's time for another Road Trip Wednesday, a blog carnival hosted by the lovely ladies of YA Highway.
This week's question:

What kind of writing coach do you need? What kind are you? 

What I have realized, especially recently, is that I am a very delicate flower when it comes to my writing. I love and totally welcome feedback, but I am very self-conscious of my writing and I am convinced that it's all crap. So I really need someone to stroke my ego in between helpful suggestions. I honestly don't mind if you tell me that something isn't working or just plain sucks. But you also need to tell me ALL of the funny parts, all the parts that made you laugh or cry or swoon. If I don't get a hint that I am doing something right I get all emo and try to throw the whole thing out the window.

So I need someone who is brutally honest, but also very, very encouraging. Otherwise I get all lost in my own insecurities and curl in a ball and swear that I suck more than anyone has sucked before. 

Like I said, I'm a delicate little flower. 

I try to be the same when I'm reading other people's stuff. I always like to let them know the things that are really working, because I think we can sometimes get so caught up in pointing out the things that need to be fixed that we forget the praise...and that's just as important!

How about you? What kind of writing coach do you need?


  1. Oh me too!! I think a lot of my writing is just terrible and I don't really mind when someone agrees with me. But then they also have to say the good things I'm doing too!

  2. Oh me too! I'm a sensitive soul and worry about everything. Yes, please tell me what isn't working, but sandwich it between two slices of praise!

  3. I need an infinitely patient and level headed writing coach. My writing is incredibly personal so if I choose to share it that person needs to understand that I'm insane and will cry profusely regardless of what they say.

  4. You and I would probably not be the best of CPs, Jessica, and you'll understand why if you read my response. :) But that's okay--we're all different. Perhaps this does highlight the importance of letting your CPs know the kind of critiques you respond to best (whether harsh and scathing or gentle and nurturing, or somewhere in between).

  5. Yes, yes, and yes. Me delicate little flower too. :)

  6. I am pretty much the exact same!

  7. I'm the same way. I want an honest but also reassuring coach. Tough love. :)