What’s the Difference Between Coaching and Mentoring?

Is a writing coach the same as a writing mentor? I used to think so. But then I started taking a coaching certification course and boy, did I learn how wrong I was!. Check out my thoughts about what coaching is here. It really is part ONE of this post. And now on to consulting …

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Writing a Book is Not a Simple Task

When nearly eighty percent of people in America say they plan to write a book someday, there’s an urban legend that writing a book is a right of passage and something everyone can do. If everyone can do it, then it must be easy. Simple. A snap.

Let me tell you, the myth of ease behind this urban legend is false.

Hey Writers! I Want to Help You Succeed

They say about 81 percent of people want to write a book. If you’re one of those people, I want to help you. But first, you’ve got to decide you’re serious about being a writer. Year ago, my Social Media Jedi Master Kristen Lamb convinced me to stop calling myself an “aspiring writer.” You can …

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Teaching Research Writing

Back in the saddle again. Or make that the same language arts classroom. And I’m not surprised that this group of students isn’t embracing the teacher’s lesson plan to “read the textbook.” After all, the class is called Research Writing for a reason. Lucky for them, this isn’t a boring textbook (and my experience as …

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Do Mind Tricks Work?

On TV, the teacher or parent says the opposite of what they want a student or child to do, and presto! The child does that thing to be contrary but is in fact falling into the “trap.” Reverse psychology they call it. Surely everyone’s watched the shows. They wouldn’t fall for it. In recent months, …

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An Author in Creative Writing Class

I haven’t been subbing much this school year. This has been great for getting organized and dealing with my burnout issues but not so great for my bank account. Imagine my surprise when I opened the sub plans for my first job in 2020 and discovered I’d be teaching creative writing. Creative writing!! It’s like …

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