The main goal of coaching is to improve a writer's skills. While it may go against the military stereotype of intense NCOs and red pen-wielding editors, it is a smarter way of getting your work done. Coaching takes more time in the moment, but it's all about how you spend that time. Good coaching is an investment that pays off later for both the coach and the writer.
Coaching provides specific, actionable feedback. Coaching is not fixing. Fixing solves the problem for one story, while coaching improves a writer's skills for future stories. Fixing results in dependency and frustration, while coaching allows a writer to work within his or her own style or idea. While fixing uses a one-size-fits-all approach, coaching tailors the conversation to an individual's skill level.
Use the following tips to have a productive coaching conversation when reviewing a writer's work.
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