Meet Your Holistic Writing Coach
Hi, I’m Emma Května.
I am a lover of words and language, and all the ways in which we can use them to create meaning, story, art, change and shared experience. I love teaching about and discussing the craft of writing, as well as philosophies and histories surrounding writing, art, and creativity.
Writing and reading has been a part of my life ever since I can remember. From the time I was about 6, I loved writing stories, and later, essays as well. I am very much at home in prose writing, having regularly kept a journal since I could hold a pen (I have a huge journal collection!).
Poetry and songwriting came to me later in life but I am now finding ways to express myself comfortably there as well.
As an introverted big thinker, I constantly need time to process things, and writing is the only way I know how to do that. I’ve gotten better at verbal communication over the years, but communicating through writing is still my strongest skill.
You can imagine then the identity crisis I had when I went through a 4-year-long writer’s block in my early 20s. For various reasons, I couldn’t bring myself to write anything, and anytime I did try I had an overwhelming sense that nothing I wrote was worth reading and that I’d never be able to accomplish the things I wanted to with writing, so why bother? I even considered giving it up entirely! A thought I shudder to think back on.
When I’d finally had enough, that’s when I discovered the magical power of pausing, going inwards, and holding up a metaphorical magnifying glass to the issue at hand. This allowed me to identify and fix issues at a root-level, increase my self-knowledge, engage more deeply with my craft than I ever had before, and actually led to my first publication in a literary magazine.
Since then I haven’t looked back; I now know exactly what I need in order to optimize my writing process and am prepared, should any further blockages arise (because they always will!).
A lot of the epiphanies, ideas, thought reframes and changes I made to my writing process were not things that I could ever have learnt in a classroom, even though I had taken writing courses before. At the end of the day, I realized that while craft gives spirit to my writing, it does not sustain it. A balance of healthy behaviours, thoughts, emotions and spirituality along with craft is what sustains the creative process. I like to call these The 5 Elements of Writing. They are what fuels my methodology The Rewire Technique.
This holistic approach that arose out of my experiences is what I want to share with you through coaching. I believe that we all have the answers deep inside of us for why we’re stuck with our writing. I believe that writing is one of the most powerful forces on the planet and requires time, curiosity, and skill to master it. I believe that writing can transform and grow us, and that where there’s a will, there is always a way.
To learn more about how I work with writers, check out the FAQ page.
Did You Know…
- I have lived in Ontario and British Columbia, and now live in Nova Scotia
- In 2016 I graduated with a BA in Anthropology. What does anthropology have to do with writing?
- From 2017 to 2018 I worked as an Author Account Manager at a self-publishing services company
- I have a second business as a web designer
- I love to read, play piano, horse ride, garden and go on long walks with my dog, Enzo
- Tea (any tea!) is my favourite drink
- My writing has appeared in Filling Station and The Martlet, and my short story Nadir was shortlisted for a 2019 UK contest
- I’m a humble Sagittarius, self-proclaimed Earth Witch, and INTJ
- My ancestry stems from the United Kingdom and Czech Republic