Frequently Asked Questions

What makes you different from other coaches?

The biggest difference between myself and other writing coaches is that I offer an approach that focuses on wellness around the creative process. It’s a bit like being a life coach for writers.

Some writer’s may not be ready to write about a certain topic or are having trouble getting back into their writing after a long absence. To me, this has more to do with their beliefs and mental, emotional, behavioural and spiritual wellness around their writing than to do with whether or not they are a ‘good’ writer, which is why I distinguish between the two by offering Writerly Wellness Coaching and Literary Project Consulting. (See below for an explanation on the difference between coaching and consulting.)

A lot of writing courses teach you all about the craft of writing which is great and very necessary, but very little of them touch on how to access your own unique source of creativity, how to get out of your way on the page, how to cultivate a writing practice, or how to overcome internal blockages.

As such, my coaching superpower is guiding you towards becoming the truest version of yourself so that you can show up to your writing with flow, passion, calmness and clarity. My Rewire Technique forms the foundation of my coaching sessions and through it we discover what makes you tick as an artist, why the medium of writing matters to you so much, and the ideal writing practice that optimizes your creative output.

I am tenacious, straightforward, patient, and a deep thinker who values authenticity, balance, growth, and peace. Everything to me is a process that will reveal itself in time if we are curious and work at it. I am concerned about your writing projects and you achieving your goals, but I’m also concerned about the state of your wellbeing as I believe that our rate of progress can only go as fast as the quality of our wellbeing.

What’s the difference between coaching and consulting?

Coaching is about guiding you towards answers that you often already know deep down. Consulting is about helping you with a specific problem, like finishing a book.

With coaching, the goal is self-development in the form of seeking out your truths and then deciding whether or not those truths work for you. If they don’t, then we look at why that is and how to change them so that they do, and you’ll learn new self-management skills along the way. In coaching, I can never give you the answers though or make you change your behaviours; you ultimately have to meet me halfway by implementing actions, but my guidance can help with that by challenging you to examine yourself in ways you hadn’t considered before.

In consulting, I can give you answers. Possibly even several answers to one problem. Consulting involves providing expertise in order to help you meet an objective with a project such as, “I don’t know how to connect this scene to the next one. What are your thoughts?” I may offer advice, or share craft teachings, ideas, strategies, and ask insightful questions. It is a more collaborative relationship.

Consulting is project-specific and deals with everything that happens on the page. Coaching is you-specific and deals with all the things that happen off-page.

What’s your coaching style?

In my Writerly Wellness Coaching, I take a very down-to-earth yet productive approach in my sessions. That means lots of deep questions for you, lots of listening on my end, and plenty of engaging creative discussion that gets to the heart of the matter. I always make sure that we are on the same page about what we want to achieve in each session and we come away having met that goal, and that you know what the next tangible steps are – your ‘homework’ if you will.

My strengths are listening, thinking deeply, illuminating new ways of seeing things, and coming up with innovative solutions to unique problems. A lot of the time in coaching I am often guiding you towards what is already inside you, the deeper wisdom of your body and soul that you inherently know but are unable to see. As such I hold a safe space for you to be very honest with yourself, which sometimes means emotions can come up.

There are no wrong answers or unwanted responses in my coaching; there is only truth and compassion. I like to be encouraging but realistic, patient but prodding, and most of all supportive.

What is The Rewire Technique?

The Rewire Technique is my signature methodology that I founded based on my experiences of overcoming a 4-year-long writers block. It uses tools and skills such as meditation, journaling, deep questioning, intuition, embodiment, astrology, self-narrative, and craft play to deepen your connection to writing. To read more, click here.

What’s the benefit of the 3-month minimum commitment coaching package?

The biggest benefits are incentive to commit and creating momentum. Three months may seem long, but it goes by fast and the momentum that you get from my weekly support propels you into your desired writing lifestyle quicker than it would if we only saw each other at inconsistent random times. And while I don’t want spent money to be the only reason you show up to sessions, knowing that you’ve quite literally invested in yourself will definitely help you follow through on your commitment to making a change.

What’s your consulting style?

In my Literary Project Consulting, I take a bit more of a fiery approach. First, I take the time to understand your project as much as possible – I will ask you all about it, encouraging you to impart as much information to me as you care to so that I can become almost as familiar with it as you are.

Then we’ll get into the specific problems you’re running up against and I’ll analyze the information you’ve given me, looking for strengths and weaknesses, unclear areas, underdeveloped characters, inconsistencies, etc. I may suggest the use of certain literary techniques to strengthen an essay, or backstory ideas for how to strengthen a character’s motivation. We’ll get down to the nitty gritty details to ensure that your project flows with gusto.

In consulting, I am often reflecting back to you what I’ve heard so that you can see how an ‘outsider’ has interpreted your project. This allows us to identify what’s working and what isn’t, and how to correct things so that they align with your vision. Along the way, I will help devise systems, schedules and trackers to ensure that we stay on target and get that project finished.

How long does coaching and consulting last?

Coaching lasts for as long as you are finding it helpful. Even if you reach a point where you’re feeling good enough to continue solo, you can always come back to me anytime for check-in sessions.

Consulting is often based around a specific project, and I can keep consulting with you on that project until it’s completed. At that point, you may choose to work with me as an editor, or take the project elsewhere on your own.

What editing services do you offer?

I offer a manuscript evaluation for early drafts, whether partial or full. I also offer developmental editing, copy/line editing, proofreading and beta-reading. Please see my editing page for details and rates.

What genres do you work with?

I am comfortable working in short fiction (short stories and flash fiction), novels, novellas, and creative nonfiction (personal essays and short memoir). The fiction genres I am most attracted to are: magical realism, low fantasy, urban fantasy, fairytale retellings, supernatural, paranormal, new adult, YA, contemporary, thriller, horror, literary, or any hybrid thereof.

I am not the best fit for: self-help, sci-fi, middle grade, mystery/detective, feel-good romance, erotica, long-form memoir, picture books or religious fiction.

That being said, depending on the story, topic or subgenre (such as ‘cyberpunk’), I can be quite open so feel free to reach out if you aren’t sure.

Why don’t you work with poetry?

The long answer to this question is in this blog post. The short answer is that I’m simply not as familiar with it as I am with prose and I am still building my skillset around poetry. Personally, I do write poetry (and even songs sometimes!) so I do work within the genre, just not professionally at the moment. 

However, I can still coach poets who are struggling with their creative process, but I am less likely to consult on a poetry project or edit poetry. 

Currently, the only area where I use poetry in my business is within my Rewire Technique where I may implore the use of poetry as a tool for unlocking creative blockages and deeper understandings of the self.

What kind of writer do you work with?

I work with writers who want to go deep with their writing process and make their work the best it can be. They are committed to putting their truest self on the page and are prepared to work hard at bringing their writing projects into artistic and personal alignment with their vision.

My ideal writer knows that no matter how challenging writing is for them right now, deep down they won’t be at peace until they accomplish their goals. These writers often feel they have something to prove to themselves just as much as they do to readers. Whether that’s true or not, they are communicators at heart and constantly want to share things for the better.

What do you expect from your clients?

First and foremost, I expect all of my clients to show up with an open mind. This ensures that you are in a receptive mode for constructive feedback, new knowledge, and new truths. If you’ve already made up your mind before we even start then we won’t get very far. This doesn’t mean you have to accept everything that I say or suggest, but it does mean that you’re at least willing to consider my suggestions and try new methods.

I expect clients to be communicative. This means being honest about what’s working for you and what isn’t, or anything that you’re feeling discouraged about. I can only work with the info that I’m given and it’s important that we cultivate a space where it is safe for both of us to be open with each other.

I expect clients to meet me halfway; I can’t do all of the work for you. If you’re tentative or scared to do the work that’s ok! So long as you’re willing to try, and I will support you along the way.

Lastly, I expect you to be more committed to the process than to final results. If you focus only on the results as an indicator of ‘success,’ this sets up a dynamic where your happiness is conditional on end results. But sometimes we get results that weren’t expected or that went a different direction. This isn’t a bad thing at all. It gives us more data to work with and recalibrate. There are no guarantees in this world (except death and taxes!), so it’s important to be more committed to the process, the journey, than to the destination. In my experience, when you trust the process and you’re fully immersed in the journey, the results will follow.

I’m still not sure if I should work with you.

Well, I wouldn’t say that you should work with me, because I don’t want to presume to tell you what you should and shouldn’t do. But I will say that bringing someone professional into your writing life is a great way to accelerate forward, learn new things both about yourself and the craft, and finish what you started. Coaching really can be the turning point in reaching your writing goals. See for yourself or feel free to book a discovery session with me to see if I can help you.

How do I know you won’t steal my ideas?

Well technically, ideas can’t be copyrighted, only the execution of the idea can be. But I have far too many of my own ideas to deal with! And stealing is so not cool. Plus, I also have contracts for my editorial services and packaged coaching/consulting that includes clauses like intellectual property rights, confidentiality and privacy.

For my pay-as-you-go services such as open coaching and open consulting, there is no contract. However, I assure you that whether we’re working on ideas, outlines, or drafts, I swear on my dog’s life to treat all of your work and our time together with the respect they deserve. I am less interested in the ideas you have and more interested in how to help you attain your goals with them.

How does payment work?

All coaching and consulting sessions are paid in full prior to the sessions. For editing work, I require a nonrefundable 25% deposit at the time of booking since I can only take on a select number of editing jobs each month and will need to secure your spot. All payments are processed in USD using either PayPal or Stripe. If you have a Canadian bank account though, you may e-transfer me in CAD if you prefer.

I have a question that’s not listed here.

I’d love to hear from you! Please send me an email at emma@theholisticwritingstudio.ca or message on Facebook or Instagram.

I think I’d like to work with you. What do I do now?

If you’ve made it through my whole website to this point then you must be my dream client! I’d love to meet you in a free Discovery Session. This is a no-obligation conversation where we can introduce ourselves, discuss your writing goals and challenges, do a little coaching, and see if working together is in the cards for us! I look forward to meeting you.