Story & Writer’s Coaching

When you’re called to write but you’re struggling, lost, or even despairing, it’s frustrating and confusing to figure out how to get unstuck on your own.

That’s where working with an experienced story and writing coach comes in.

I help writers all over the world tackle issues like procrastination, perfectionism, self-doubt, inner negativity, creative wounds, story structure, plot problems, and more.

Along with my training as a coach, writer, and editor, I bring my innate story sense and intuition to the table to help you develop solutions and answers that work for you, and last well beyond our time working together, so you’re not just solving the problem today, but addressing it for your future, too.

Although I tackle many topics with writers — as you’ll see below — my particular passion and expertise is helping writers recover from creative wounds so they can get back on track with what they were put here to do.

Writer’s Coaching Topics We Can Tackle – Together

I love to work with writers across a broad spectrum of topics and challenges, including:

Vision, Goals, & Writer Identity

  • Developing a vision for your writer’s life so you know where you’re headed.
  • Helping you claim your writer’s identity so you can step fully into yourself as a writer and into your writing life without holding back.
  • Setting clear writing goals with a realistic writing plan so you can move each of your ideas all the way to “done!”

Writer's Life & Schedule Design

  • Creating a writing schedule that works with your for-real life, not an imaginary writing life far off in the future.
  • Building a consistent, regular writing practice to help you meet your writing goals.
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Writing Projects & Story Coaching

  • Choosing your next writing project — no more choosing paralysis.
  • Mapping out a timeline for writing or revising so you can set reasonable expectations.
  • Breaking down your writing into small manageable chunks so you stay out of overwhelm and focus on “doing the next thing.”
  • Brainstorming around plot, character, story holes, and more.

Accountability

  • Setting up personal 1:1 accountability and support so you can make consistent progress on your writing goals.
  • Checking and reporting in regularly to help you stay motivated.
  • Being available by email between sessions if you need a boost of support. 
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Writer Stress & Well-Being

  • Managing your inner critic so you can build a new, more positive inner dialogue with yourself (and knowing how to handle that inner rascal when s/he gets out of control).
  • Coming up with personalized solutions for your specific creative blocks, including helping you handle any past creative wounds that are affecting your here and now.
  • Navigating the inner journey of your rewrite so you don’t lose yourself — or lose heart — along the way.
  • Dealing with the overwhelm of tackling and organizing that years-long book you’ve been working on and have content all over the place for, and other monster writing issues you’re facing.
  • Untangling challenging feedback you’ve received on your book or script so you feel good about how to move ahead with revisions.

Building Your Author Platform

  • Guiding you through website creation
  • Reviewing your social media, blogging, and newsletter strategies.
  • Planning promotions and launches.

“Jenna is a wizard . . . a magician of story!”

Working with Jenna is incredibly helpful. I honestly don’t know how she does it — she’s a wizard . . . a magician of story!

“I get so much out of our sessions — sometimes challenging, always helpful, with kindly delivered yet critical, insightful feedback.

“At one point I hit a spot where I reverted to an old habit of summarizing and moving on before anything has actually happened or anyone has said anything on the page, and Jenna is helping me move beyond that. . . . It’s not easy, but honestly, I’d be nowhere without her coaching. Not sure I’m supposed to say that here, but it’s the GD truth. Her feedback is unerring in what needs to be done to move the story along. And she delivers these incredibly helpful suggestions in such a low-key way you think you came up with them yourself!

“Jenna is my secret weapon when it comes to writing. I get so much out of our sessions and feel raring to go every time we meet.”

Heather Berkeley

Toronto, Canada

“Now I have a daily schedule that prioritizes everything that’s important to me, and is still flexible enough to appease my need to flow with each new day.”

“For years I’ve felt pulled to write and to create, and yet somehow there was never ‘time’ to do it. The truth is, I wasn’t making it a priority — for a lot of reasons, most of which I was consciously aware AND choosing to ignore. The muse was calling but the outer world provided many an excuse each day to attend to other matters. 

“Jenna helped me become very clear about the cost of not writing — at every level of my being. I had to feel the cost viscerally, not just mentally, to finally make a change. Then she compassionately helped me call myself out on all of my excuses and address them one by one.

“Now I have a daily schedule that prioritizes everything that’s important to me, and is still flexible enough to appease my need to flow with each new day. I’ve become truly productive, and it affects the quality of everything else in my life as well.”

Zara Shea

Southeastern, PA

Here’s How We Can Get Started Working Together

If you’re ready to book a coaching session, select the session length you’d like and purchase it through my online shopping cart. Once you complete your purchase, you’ll receive access to my scheduling calendar and you’ll be able to book a time slot that works for your schedule. Sessions are available on Thursday afternoons, Pacific Time. If you cannot find a time slot that works for your schedule or time zone, reach out and we’ll find something that does.

Sessions may be cancelled or rescheduled with 24 hours advance notice.

Stand-Alone Coaching Sessions

 
Stand-alone coaching sessions may be purchased on a one-off,
as-needed basis, or in small batches, for shorter term work.

For a longer, ongoing coaching relationship, I suggest picking up a
5-pack of sessions (or multiple packs of 5).

Book a Mini Meet & Greet Session

If you’d like to chat about the possibilities for working together, please schedule a mini “meet & greet” session with me so we can talk it over using my booking calendar below:

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