Category Archives: Coaching

How coaching can help writers

In a way, coaching is a meeting of language and narrative: the narrative of oneself via the power of language, what we say, how we say, whom we say it to. The coachee builds a narrative from pieces of structure, dialogues, characters in their life, events, makes sense out of that, the coach providing language prompts, prods, hooks, and attentive silence.

Silence like a white page, ready to be filled with words.

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I can see many opportunities where coaching can be applied to writing and writer types: the constant doubts, the uncertainty, the questioning of self and others, the pressure of daily necessities interfering with putting one’s mind to a story, the scary phantom of critique and feedback especially.  Coaching can definitely help writers in their daily and professional life, but also help in the development of characters and dialogues in our narratives.

As an accredited Performance and Relational Dynamic coach (yay! I passed my test 🙂 I’m looking forward to gain more experience, progress in my training and help people (creative types and writers especially, but not exclusively) shape their goals.

If you’re interested, keep an eye on this space: in the new year, I’ll offer coaching sessions via Skype (in exchange for feedback).

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Note of (short ) Absence

Hello 🙂

Just to let you know, I  won’t be able to post for a few days (again!I know!), but only for a few days. Regular posting will resume Friday at the latest.

The second module of the Relational Dynamics coaching course was even more intense and challenging than the first one, and yet three days felt like a short afternoon.

I’m in London right now, so if I have more urban London adventures I’ll let you know 🙂

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From Lancaster: Relational Dynamics couching course module 2

In Lancaster now for the second module of my coaching course. I’m looking forward to it, and after having done several hours of practical experience, I’ve focused on areas of strength and weakness.

Working on one self, whether is your writing, your attitude, your knowledge, is the best tool we have to live a better life, with ourselves and with others. Uh, that does sound like a platitude! Sorry about that 😉

But truly, this course is highly challenging but highly rewarding.

More interesting posts will follow, this is just a personal update. However, on the writing front, I’ve almost develop a structure for a short stories series, and I’m very excited about it. Not because I prefer short stories to novels or novellas (as I said before, each story needs its space/length), but because I love writing and new opportunities to challenge myself are welcome.

Challenge yourself now and then, the results will please you!

 

 

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What is Relational Dynamics and how it applies to writers

CoachingRelational Dynamics is a coaching style, and you can read more about it on their website.

Coaching can be defined in different ways: it’s not therapy, and it’s not just a friendly chat. It’s a process of learning, whereby the coach has the skills and techniques to guide the coachee in finding strategies to positively approach what they want to approach.

A coach is not there to give you answers (and certainly not instructions on how to do this or that). It’s a very complex process, and it requires hard work on both parts, coach and coachee.

Now, why am I telling you this? Because I am taking part in this course, hopefully to qualify as a Personal Dynamics coach (keeping in mind that it is a PROCESS, and as such, a never ending learning curve) and my aim is to specialize in personal coaching (as different to leadership and management coaching in hierarchical organizations ) and in a very specific niche of coaching: coaching for writers.

Process

noun

1 a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end

2 a natural series of changes

Writers, as I know from experience, are faced with a number of specific challenges, related to personal and career life, and choices. All of this reflects more or less directly and/or openly on the writing process, which can become even more tangled and conflictual than it already is.

Take Writer’s Block, for example. It’s a loaded term standing for all sorts of problems. And the solutions we find sometimes are temporary. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to work through that block, and find strategies to deal with it which go beyond the basics writing exercises we all know or can find in writing books?

And there are many more examples of how coaching can help writers, on their own, in their writing, or in a workshop-type situation. I’m going to develop myself as a coach and as a writer. If you have any experiences, advice, or questions, feel free to contribute.

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