So often, we writers have a spectacular idea for a story, or a series of stories, that we are certain readers will enjoy, but we’re not quite sure how to put our writing plans into action. While writing groups and beta readers are instrumental in honing the writing craft and should not be overlooked, tremendous value can be realized when working one-on-one with a Writing Coach. Writing Coaches are especially helpful for new writers who aren’t sure where to begin… or for seasoned writers who are having difficulty with one specific aspect of their book… or for those who require another set of eyes to notice gaps in plot and character continuity.
Our Writing Coaches hold degrees in English with concentrations in Creative Composition and other disciplines. Some Writing Coaches have certifications in Early Childhood Development to lend special expertise with children's books.
Grey Wolfe Publishing provides Writing Coach services for all genres and styles of books. From general fiction, to young adult and children’s books, to poetry and memoir, we will help you refine your story and cultivate confidence as you realize your dream of publication.
PLOT DEVELOPMENT: There are twenty master plots in all of literature, we’ll help you to understand them and choose the right one for your story. Once you have the foundation for your plot, we’ll show you how to tweak the details to make the story uniquely yours. We will teach you how to mine your imagination for subplots that will enhance your story and create unique situations that will entice readers to keep turning pages.
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: When you’ve decided what type of story you’ll write and the type of world your characters will live in, then it’s time to breathe life into those characters. We’ll coach you with in-depth character development..Beginning with the details of the forty-five master character maps and then integrating the study of Enneagrams. We’ll give you advice toward greater understanding of your characters' psychological blueprint and the factors that motivate them throughout your story. When we’ve finished, you’ll have an insider's view of how your characters will react to the situations you’re about to drop them into, and how they will interact with the other characters in your story.
RESPECTING YOUR WRITING STYLE: After the plot development, world building, and character crafting is over, and the writer has some understanding of the direction their story is headed, writers usually choose one of two writing styles (although certainly, some integrate both).
Some writers, known as PANTSERS, will begin the writing process now, allowing the story to develop organically, letting the Muse drive their writing with little or no cognitive interference from the writer. Stories written in this way are usually steered chronologically, either by a timed sequence of events, or by a logical progression of “if/then” scenarios. The conflicts, climax, and ending all happen “just as they are meant to” as the writer is most comfortable allowing the characters to be in complete control.
Others writers, known as PLOTTERS, will adopt a style that is highly organized by using a detailed outline. This method allows the writer to plan carefully the sequence of chapters and plot points in such a way that lends itself to “hole filling” and a spontaneous grafting of ideas. Writers who utilize outlines have the flexibility to jump around and complete sections of their story that may not always be in sequence, as the ideas occur to them. Yet in the end, the full story will be well defined. Most plotters enjoy the control of leading the characters and stories according to a “master plan”, while allowing for deviation when it improves the story.
No matter the method of writing that is most comfortable for you, Plotter or Pantser, our Writing Coach will assist you in following that method to bring strength and clarity to your work throughout the beginning, middle and end of your book.
WORLD BUILDING: Once you’ve decided on a plot foundation, we’ll guide you through the process of world building...You’ll establish timelines, settings, and the major features of your world. Be it Fantasy, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Memoir, or any other genre that piques your interest, we’ll help you define the parameters within which your characters will thrive. We’ll examine all the contributing factors that establish foundation and move the story forward such as time, place, environment, social mores, political climates, and religious systems. These elements, and many more, will help you to build a world into which readers will drawn without hesitating to suspend disbelief.
MEASURING FLOW & CONTINUITY: It’s important to measure the flow and continuity of your story to keep your reader’s interest. Our Writing Coach will assist you in maintaining progression and intelligent design as you weave the chapters of your book together. We will make sure that there is a natural stream of events, and that the tension is heightened in just the right places to add impact when the main conflict is revealed. You’ll be guided toward building your climax and resolving any dangling issues, questions or situations as your story winds down to it’s plausible conclusion. If you’re planning a trilogy or series, our Writing Coach will guide you toward revealing what is necessary at just the right intervals, while retaining enough mystery for the reader so they’ll want to read your next book.
REFINE & POLISH: The final phase of your work with a Writing Coach will be to refine and polish your writing in order to get it ready for the editorial process, and then, publication. At this final stage, our Writing Coach will review your work one last time to be certain that all the details are accounted for and the connections are well established between characters and plotlines, that conflicts are untangled, and an exciting conclusion or lead into a series is well crafted.
NEXT STEPS TOWARD PUBLICATION: When you have completed your work with our Writing Coach, you then have the option to engage with Grey Wolfe Publishing to complete the editorial work necessary to ready your book for interior design, cover design and publication.
Or, you can continue to fine-tune your work, taking it to your writing groups and beta readers for more detailed polishing, and then to the editor, publisher, and printer of your choice. Or you may choose to self-publish. Whatever publishing path you choose, you will feel confident that your book is ready for the mass market after having spent quality time with a Grey Wolfe Publishing Writing Coach.