Writing Coaching and Mentoring

write: transitive verb:
to be the author of
to make a permanent impression of
to make significant characters
to create (a book, poem, story, etc.)
to produce

Photo Credit: Dariusz Sankowski from Unsplash.com

Photo Credit: Dariusz Sankowski from Unsplash.com

Maya Angelou wrote, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

Ernest Hemingway had this to say about writing: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

Both are true.

When you sit down to write you bleed. When you put pen to paper you want your life-force to move through your pen to the page. Sometimes it spills, it pours onto the page. (Those are the lucky times). Most of the time it will drip, drip, drip, or you have to squeeze it onto the page. My writing mentor says, “You have to mine for your genius”. He’s right. You don’t want to rely on talent, you want to dig deep and mine for your writing genius.

Let’s be real, even on those days when it seems you can’t NOT write something with substance and beauty and truth, it still takes work.

Whether you’re writing a letter, a novel, a memoir, a blog, a newsletter or an Op-Ed piece for your local newspaper don’t you want to engage and connect with your reader? You want them to come back for more and then more and then even more.

If you can bleed onto the page, then you will do that!

I hear you. You want to know HOW to do that.

I can help you with your how. I say your and not the how because writing is personal. Writing is intimate. Writing is sometimes scary. Above all, writing is personal. Your process will be different from mine.

We’ll work together to discover what works best for YOU!

Here are some of the ways I will help you:

  • Copyediting and proofreading
  • Developmental and substantive editing
  • Critiques, writing instruction and mentorship
  • Finding your unique and personal writing style
  • Accountability and support
  • Goal setting and structure

“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music that words make.”  
~~ Truman Capote

I am here to help.
Let’s talk about your writing and the music you’d like your words to make.



Give me a call, 310-618-0441 
or send me an email: carolyn@carolynziel.com