Even during Nanowrimo, I can't resist participating in another great Road Trip Wednesday...
Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
This week's question: What kind of writing coach do you need? When you have to coach friends, what kind of coach are you?
Confession: I really like watching angry mentors on competition reality shows.
Gordon Ramsay and Jillian Michaels clearly care about the contestants, but they drive them forward by screaming and criticizing. A lot. But I enjoy them so much that they are part of my motivational life now. When I’m working out, I often hear Jillian Michaels screaming in my head to push harder. When I’m cooking, the highest praise my husband can give me is saying that I’m not “a donkey” and the meal is “seasoned perfectly” in what passes for his British accent.
But in a writing coach, I need less angry yelling. I’m sure that other bloggers will claim you too, dear Tim Gunn, but you’re definitely the one that I want.
He’s observant, honest, humorous, and kind without being coddling (Oh, the horrible weight behind that phrase, “This worries me”). You can tell how much he cares for every designer he mentors. And as an added bonus for his writing coach potential, he’s got a stellar vocabulary.
I like to think that I was a supportive-but-demanding Tim Gunn type when I was teaching writing, though maybe a more verbose Tim Gunn, since the comments I wrote on students’ papers were
legendarily excessive extremely detailed. When I finally enter the critique partner world, hopefully I can both be and find a Tim Gunn kind of writing coach…maybe with a slight touch of Jillian and Gordon butt-kicking when necessary.
So to everyone, especially those of you doing Nanowrimo along with me…