This is the start of my professional coaching journey. That isn’t to say I haven’t had my time studying and experiencing life as a tutor or mentor. I’ve done both, and done both well, as far as my feedback tells me.
This is where I start to really stretch my legs, to put what I’ve collected and experienced over the years into service. It’s one thing knowing how to bust writing blocks, maneuver around imposter syndrome, and amp up productivity, but it’s another to be able to pass this information along.
While of course I do plan on putting out information and sharing my knowledge and understanding on the blog portion of this website, I also offer one-on-one writing coaching and writing tutoring sessions. The latter is aimed toward students, though can be applied to freelancers writing reports and articles, while the former is aimed toward the writer who is trying to get their ideas on paper, their career started, their story out there.
But here is the starting point. Here is where I introduce myself to you, as per requested by the blog/website overlords that be.
I don’t, however, want to pour my credentials and what-have-you out in this post. That’s what my About page is for. No, instead, I want to simply let you get a taste for who I am, and hopefully give you enough information that you might glean from a chance encounter with me say at a bus depot or a coffee shop.
My earliest ambition that I can recall was to be a story-teller. I wanted to be an artist and I wanted to tell stories. So naturally, as a small child I wanted to write comic books. Eventually, I realized I didn’t really have the artistry to create quality comics, and gave up on the illustration aspect, and just focused on writing.
I wrote my first story when I was seven…something about some traveling barnyard animals and a bat (a character that was shamelessly ripped off from FernGully). The following year, I wrote my first ‘novel.’ It was a hand-written story that took-up at least 40 pages of my spiral notebook with chapters in it, therefore I dubbed it a novel. After that, I kept trying to co-author stories with my friends who would quickly lose interest. We had a series with a pack of kids who would go into a haunted house which would turn them into various monsters (vampires, werewolves, etc.), and the idea was that they were of course based on ourselves, and each of us would write our own character. We had several of these types of pieces on the go, and I remembered regularly sitting down at lunch saying, ‘Okay, guys. We need to get serious about writing this book.’ This of course led to excitement which dissolved into…artistic differences of opinions. I think the majority of the loss of interest was actually the result of just being fed up with disagreements.
However, while I think that perhaps only one of these friends kept writing (though I’m actually not certain since she moved away a few years later), my stories kept coming. I remember writing a story about a racer in the Iditarod, a sled-dog race in Alaska (spoiler alert, the racer froze to death) when I was nine or ten, and another story inspired by the Nickelodeon show, Clarissa Explains it All, about a pre-teen kid who had all the attitude and opinions—which then of course it turned out she was actually an alien trying to hypnotize the human race (Duh!). Such an obvious ending really.
And I could go on and on about the various stories I’ve written and been successful with as well as the stories I’ve written and failed with. But the point is that I’ve written, and written, and written, and not given up writing because it’s what is in me to do. It has always been the goal.
It wasn’t until I reached my mid 20’s that I realized how much I loved talking writing with other writers. It was then that I knew that I wanted to make that my profession. I wanted to work with writers, help them through their ideas, they’re projects, and help them to find their voices. It’s one thing to write for yourself, but it’s a whole other thing to welcome people into the writing circle, help them have the tools to find their own process in their own writing journey, while simultaneously knowing that you’re on the same trek they are: simply to write, whatever that might mean to them.
I learned how to work with different minds through my various occupations, from assisting folks with mild to sever learning and developmental disabilities, to tutoring and mentoring students from various backgrounds, ages, abilities, and learning/thinking styles. I’ve worked in mediums other than writing, working in video production for a few years, and multimodal communications (using more than alphabetic text to convey a message).
All of this is to say that writing to me is more than just words on a page, but experiencing how a person’s mind works. The fun of tutoring, coaching, and mentoring is that you get to experience individual minds, and work with them to find their unique and potent voice and use it in a way that is accessible to anyone.
I could go on. I am a writer, after all. I’m notorious for writing novels in what was intended to be a quick email. I’ll cut this short before I edge too close to 1,000 words on this post (932, 933, 934…), and wrap it up by saying thank you for stopping by and reading my intro. I hope to get to know you better soon!
Love and Light,