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.
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.