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"This coaching is sensitive to your disposition as a creative soul. It gently nourishes you and enriches your experience of working in the creative process."

A decade ago, I became a certified creativity coach, training with the wonderful Jill Badonsky at Kaizen Muse Creativity Coaching, and with my own brilliant coach, Janet Whitehead, who runs Novel Minds. 

This type of coaching appealed to me because it was creative by nature. I wanted to help people, but not in a flashy, jargon-oriented, corporate way, which was the type of coaching that was prevalent at the time (and which didn't resonate an iota with me). I didn't want to be talking about 'achievements' and 'winning', or learning a prescribed step-by-step recipe that would get clients from A to B. Creative people don't work like that; they hate rules and rebel against structured linear models.

What I found at Kaizen Muse was an authentic, playful coaching style, which allows you to be creative while you start, develop and complete your project in your own time and in your own way. This coaching is sensitive to your disposition as a creative soul. It gently nourishes you and enriches your experience of working in the creative process. It's fun and it's funny. It's kind. It's forgiving, and it's also incredibly effective. 

I have coached hundreds of clients over the years using the tools I learned at Kaizen Muse. These tools are an invaluable part of my work, and I still apply them to myself every single time I sit down to write. 

My coaching studio, just a  Skype call away...

I like to give you the very best of myself, which means that places are limited and I only have capacity to take on a few clients at a time. It's important that you're sure I am the right fit for you, so I recommend you send me an e-mail giving me a bit of background, outlining where you are in your process and why you think working with me would help. From there, I can advise you on the best way forward for you. You might want to try one of my online courses first, which will give you a good idea of the way we would work together.

things coaching can help you with:

inspiration

getting started

self doubt

overwhelm

inner critics

perfectionism

motivation

structure and habits

procrastination

self-sabotage

completion

editing

waiting

rejection

imposter syndrome

celebrating successes

If you would like to work with me, I offer a number of online coaching packages via Skype. Sessions are relaxed and easy, designed to make you feel as if you are right here with me at my cosy garden studio. 

Together we will discuss your project with all its stumbling blocks and frustrations, we will find out how you are talking to yourself and what's getting in the way of progress, and we'll come up with some small, gentle exercises that will help you get to a more comfortable place with your writing and creative life.

You can choose between a one-off session to get you moving in the right direction, a four-week coaching kit to delve deeper into the nuts and bolts of your writing life, or an ongoing six-month mentoring plan where I will hold your hand and help you deal with every challenge that crops up as your novel takes shape. 

one-off session (1hour-ish)

price: $99

  • Discussion of your novel and where you are in the process.
  • What's stopping you/getting in the way?
  • Finding out what would work for you.
  • Setting small, realistic goals for progress and accountability.
  • Follow up e-mail.

four-week coaching kit

price: $375

six-month mentoring plan

price: $2,250

  • Weekly sessions to discuss your novel and where you are in the process.
  • What's stopping you/getting in the way?
  • Developing habits and structure.
  • Setting small, realistic goals for progress and accountability.
  • Learning tools to manage the tough stuff.
  • Making it fun and do-able.
  • Creating and establishing a healthy writing lifestyle.
  • Building a resilience to the challenges of the writing process.
  • Becoming self-reliant.
  • Follow up e-mails.
  • Four hour-long sessions dedicated to you and your writing.
  • Discussion of your novel and where you are in the process.
  • What's stopping you/getting in the way?
  • Finding out what would work for you.
  • Setting small, realistic goals for progress and accountability.
  • Learning tools to manage the tough stuff.
  • Developing self-reliance.
  • Building a healthy writing practice.
  • Making it fun and do-able.
  • Follow up e-mails.

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