Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Coach Smoach or Tell me what i need not what I want

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This Week's Topic:

What kind of writing coach do you need? When you have to coach friends, what kind of coach are you?

I’m greedy… I need something of all different kinds of coach – from the harsh and exacting to the gentle and kind. And I think in my life and CPs I have most bases covered.

All positive - Family is great for compliments cos they love me and are nice and some of them don’t even read much. While they don’t necessarily push me to be my best, some days I wouldn’t keep going without one of them gushing in my direction. Yay! Love them.

My Cps run the gauntlet of the rest. I’ve cried from crits they’ve given… but I needed to get. They’ve either pulled me up with warmth or with no-nonsense.

But I think it’s important that behind the pull-no-punches crits I know there’s complete support and belief in me and in my writing. I don’t want toxic in my life.

It’s too short.

I would hope that I'm honest but nice... i like to be nice. But it's not nice to lie and say something is brilliant if it's not. I try to offer compliments where my CPs have rocked it (something they do often) but tell them where they haven't too so they can get even better.

What about you? What writing coaches do you need/have? Are you?


  1. I NEED YOU as my writing coach! And I'm lucky cos I have you :)

  2. Seems like we're on the same page :)

  3. "I like to be nice. But it's not nice to lie and say something is brilliant when it's not." So true! That's exactly what I tell my students when they're doing peer reviews... and hopefully it's what I'll keep in mind with my own CPs in the future!

  4. Rach - you say the nicest things!!

  5. Nice not to be (too) odd Jessica. Yay for not being as strange as i thought (feared).

  6. Interesting Jillian to teach how to peer review. Well done you! Sometimes the learning how to learn is missing from study (nephew doing final exams at the moment and he's never been taught how to revise).


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