Storytelling is fundamental to our humanity. We tell stories to entertain, forge bonds, and invent new worlds. We tell them to decipher the world around us, decode our relationship with it, and discern who we are in it. Our sense of self is literally a story that we tell ourselves. But that makes it no less true, affecting, or necessary.
And that makes us all storytellers. If you're here, you've chosen writing as one medium to express those stories, but make no mistake, the ability is already there. It's a talent we all have. We just need practice and repetition and, often, a guide to help us focus and hone it so that our stories become as powerful to others as they already are to us.
What is a writer if not someone who translates the narrative and emotion of their inner stories for the outside world?
As writers, we take the work seriously, we take our craft seriously, we take ourselves as writers and artists seriously. However, serious does not mean joyless.
You've certainly heard people say "writing is hard." It's something writers pass back and forth like currency and for good reason. We all need support getting through the struggles of writing, and we should all offer it when we can. But I think we too often get bogged down in the "writing is hard" mentality and forget that writing is also fun. And I don't just mean the "having written" part. I mean the voyage of discovery, the flexing of our imaginations, the catharsis of finding the perfect word.
So while we work hard and take our craft seriously, let's remember to enjoy the process, revel in the writing instead of just the having written, and never take ourselves too seriously.
I believe that anyone who wants to be a writer can be a writer. It's not a matter of talent but rather dedication. But dedication need not be a lonely path; no one should need to figure it all out on their own.
My job as an editor/coach is to help you figure at least some of it out through a combination of my skills and experience and yours. My expectation is that I'll learn from you as you learn from me. My goal is always and only to aid you in sharpening the skills that allow you to tell your own stories, using your own voice and instincts.
Both during and after the process, I hope you feel invigorated and inspired. I want to work with you to create the best version of your writing, not to make your writing more like mine. The way to do this is through honesty, trust, and mutual respect.