A unique approach to coaching and creative writing
Proven sensory awareness techniques and change models help to create vivid characters and credible plots.
What is a creativity coach?
A creativity coach works with artists, musicians, writers, inventors, and even business executives. Some coaches have a specific expertise, though most focus on the creative process rather than the subject matter, i.e. the client’s art form or profession.
I work with writers bringing my MFA in Creative Writing and training in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) life coaching to the creative process. I use proven sensory awareness techniques and change models to help writers improve both their productivity and creativity.
Strategies for improving productivity
I help writers identify the thought processes, internal conflicts, and limiting beliefs that may be holding them back from doing their best work. Together, we set well-formed goals to achieve both the creative and professional outcomes they want. They learn new ways to:
- Enhance their current creative abilities
- Transfer creative ability from one context to another
- Utilize the three stages of the creative cycle more effectively
- Focus bursts of creativity in a more organized and systematic way
- Develop conscious access to internal resources that support their performance
Strategies for improving creativity
I teach writers how to use some of the NLP sensory awareness techniques and change models I've been trained in as a life coach to help them accurately convey cues associated with the thought, emotion, conflict, and behavior patterns of fictional characters.
What is a book coach?
A book coach guides writers of fiction and nonfiction through the creative process and provides feedback on their writing from start to finish. Using my unique approach to coaching and creative writing, I help writers plan, write, and publish the best book possible. Together, we:
- set the goals of the writing project
- define the book’s genre
- describe the story’s premise
- develop the story’s structure (chapters, transitions, flow)
- map out the plot (introduction, inciting incident, rising action, arc, resolution)
- plan the protagonist’s journey ( goals, obstacles, transformation)
- plot character transformation in accordance with the story’s arc
- research factual/historical aspects of the story
- explore main themes and concepts
- identify the book’s target audiences
- spin storylines into promotional messages
My unique creative approach
It has been argued that “the only constant is change.” Though it implies survival and growth, change can also be the root of conflict, chaos, and destruction. These dynamics affect the characters in storytelling as much as they do individuals in real life. In teaching and critiquing writing, especially regarding plot and character development, I know of no better framework for examining the dynamics of change than Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)—a behavior-change model that provides unique insight into the interaction between neurology, language, and behavior.
NLP starts by differentiating between the various ‘neurological’ levels on which a person’s issues may be playing out: environment (where?), behavior (what?), capabilities (how?), values and beliefs (why?), identity (who?), spiritual (what for?). NLP practitioners are trained to calibrate verbal and body language (head movements, facial expressions, hand gesture, and posture), eye-accessing cues, breathing rate, and skin tone to gain insight into the subject’s mental strategies underpinning his or her thought, communication, and behavior processes.
Just as acute sensory awareness helps me understand how clients relate to their challenges, accomplishments, and failures, learning these skills can help you convey the subtle cues associated with the different thoughts, emotions, internal conflicts, and behavior patterns of your characters. The ability to render vivid characters and create intricate plots will lead to works of great depth.
My approach differs from writing coaches who use personality-type theories to create fictional characters with ‘typical’ predispositions. I believe in an organic growth of character and plot instead of stereotyping monologue, dialogue, and behavior patterns for the sake of validating a type. Using nuanced sensory evidence, I help writers render unique characters and eccentric quirks through mind-body observation of their own mental strategies, and then future-pace a character’s possible responses to certain plot developments. This is where it gets really exciting—it’s like role-play, only different—you see, hear, feel, and imagine what is possible for your characters and take it from there, as opposed to being limited by the do’s and don’ts of staid theories.
I'm certified in Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)
What is NLP?
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) was developed as a method for transforming human behavior. It is based on an understanding of the dynamic interaction between neurology, language, and behavior. According to the model, the way we experience our reality (life) is shaped by the way we take in information through our senses (neurology), translate it into language (linguistic), and make mental patterns (programming) that influence our behavior.
The discipline is based on a set of presuppositions that makes it possible to understand and describe human behavior, communication, and the process of change in a detailed way. NLP originated as a set of modeling techniques. The verbal and behavioral patterns of human excellence were studied with the aim of making these unique abilities transferable to people wanting to model their outcomes on those of celebrated achievers.
NLP provides tools for developing resourceful states and empowering beliefs to help you reframe the thought and behavior patterns that are keeping you stuck. By adopting more effective mental frames of reference, you improve your ability to support your transformation and attain your goals, whether they are to overcome an emotional difficulty, recover from ill health, or achieve excellence.
What is life coaching?
Life coaching is a dynamic new service that follows in the footsteps of sports coaching. Professional life coaches are motivational experts who offer their skills to anybody wishing to achieve specific goals or create positive change in their life. Coaching is about helping people find inspiration and take action to reach their full potential.
The coaching philosophy assumes that people already have all the resources to go forward and manifest what they really want. The coach assists the process by raising the client’s level of awareness and responsibility, guiding the development and execution of an action plan, and providing the client with the necessary structure, feedback and support to ensure progress. In an ongoing, synergistic relationship, the coach helps the client increase his or her resources, evaluate evidence of success and strategize future action steps.
Life coaches are not therapists. They do not define how things should be, nor do they judge the outcome. They simply create a safe and structured environment in which the client can explore his or her habits, values, beliefs, resources, possibilities, options and strategies.