Those aren’t my words. Those are the words of a former student.
Someone I trained to write.
Here’s what she actually wrote:
There’s a lot to say about his gifts as a writer and a coach, and I’m sure you can tell by talking to him that he has a sincere desire to bring out the best in you. Demian knows and cares more about writing than most writers/editors I’ve known.
He led regular writers’ workshops for his staff at JMM and also worked with us one-on-one, taking note of our individual strengths and weaknesses and encouraging us to grow.
Although he never pulled me by the hair, he somehow succeeded in helping me put more passion and punch into everything I produce.
He really poured his heart into helping me. And his lessons will endure a lifetime.
In one of my annual reviews he said that I’d grown from a “scared, hide-behind-her-hair writer” to a “fearless and focused literary hero.” Did you catch that “literary hero” bit? (Demian once told me a reader can always tell when a writer is stretching the truth.)
Nonetheless, I’m on my way to becoming a pit bull on paper and I’m grateful to Demian for helping me grow.
Anne Williams, Writer
Anne, she gets it.
That attitude you’ve got to have when it comes to writing. It’s an authority that demands people look up from what they are doing and pay attention to you.
But it’s a strange kind of authority.
In person, most writers hide behind a veil of shyness. Take Joan Didion, for example.
Anyone who’s read her work understands her carnal severity. The aggressive voice she uses in her dominion. She is not afraid of spearheading an opponent — whether it’s a person, institution or idea.
She has the courage to catch hell (a sign of a great writer).
But That Is the Twist for Writers
They are typically not bold in person. Nor do they feel comfortable among people. In fact, it would be appropriate to say that most writers do NOT feel comfortable in their own skin.
That is until you put a pen in their hand. Or set a laptop in front of them. Then they soar.
Starting off as a writer can be tough. Writers often become writers because of insecurity. They long for that solitude where they can be themselves. But those emotional hang ups can be our worst enemies.
And they can keep us from writing well.
That’s why writing well involves a certain level of confidence that people trust.
But it’s not easy for writers to develop that confidence on their own. Some need the encouragement to know that what they do is worth it. That they write well. And that they CAN become a pit bull on paper.
How Do You Do That?
You must be challenged. Fought. Refined. And taught how to pour yourself into your words — holding nothing back. You need someone to help you along the way.
Do you wish for that confidence to write without fear? To dominate your domain with an authorial voice that people listen to? Do you want to write well?
If so, contact me today, and I can help you like I helped Anne.
We can customize a training program that fits your time and your budget and involves critiques of current work, featured assignments) and weekly phone consultations.
It will be an investment in your future as a writer to be reckoned with. Email me now and we can get started within a week.
By the way, if it makes you feel better, I can give you Anne’s phone number. She would be happy to talk to you. Just ask.
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