Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border

Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border
photo by Gene Tunick of Eureka, Montana

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Tip O'Day #281 - A Writing Coach

Guest blogger Rebecca Scarberry on being coached.

Once in a while someone enters your life and you learn something from that person that changes your life forever. As an aspiring author of fiction that happened to me when I met author Des Birch. I read three books written by him and gave all three 5 star reviews. It was after Des read a short story I had written, he decided to coach me.

It took a while, but it finally dawned on me, he wasn’t trying to teach me to write in the same style as he writes or the same genre. Des was trying to get me to fully understand my protagonists, practically, physically and psychologically. I now see that you can’t even begin to write a story until you do. If you don’t, the readers spot this right away and when they have finished reading your story, they have too many unanswered questions. With each character in your story, you must become that person to a great extent.

To learn more about Rebecca, go to her blog or check out The Kindle Book Review.

1 comment:

  1. Some of my instructors have been my mentors and I have become mentors to quite a few aspiring new authors.