Wednesday, November 2, 2011

RTW: A Coach to Help Me 'Carry On'


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.

Source
Source

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…

Source

9 comments:

  1. "Oh, the horrible weight behind that phrase, 'This worries me.'”

    Ha! Definitely.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Gordon scares the crap out of me.

    Jillian scares the crap out of me but I like her anyway.

    Tim Gunn is the best! I love the idea of applying "make it work" to NaNo. I so needed this post - thank you! (And I would love to have, and to be, a Tim Gunn-type crit partner - although my fashion sense? Kinda eh.) :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Interesting... because what I see in Gordon Ramsey is passion about food and the restaurant business, and frustration when either a) people don't live up to their potential, or b) people hold other people back from living up to their potential. Combine that, and you have the shouty, kick-butt-y, kind of person he is. And I wouldn't mind that. :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh my, I shrink away from confrontation sometimes and thrive on it at other times, but a constant stream of it would probably make me more interested in beating someone up than making my work better, lol. Even so, I can appreciate that that's their way of approaching people and ideas they care deeply about.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I'm not really looking for constant confrontation either. the thought makes me feel a bit ill. Make it work certainly works better for me too.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Supportive but demanding--that's perfect to me, I think. :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Thanks for the comments everyone - I love the thought of us all making it work!

    And Colin, I definitely agree with that assessment of Gordon, which is why I love watching him and would welcome him as a coach for some things. There's just something about confrontation and creativity not mixing as well, or maybe I just haven't developed the thick skin around my writing ego that I have in other areas of my life. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  8. Oh, Jillian. You hit the nail on the head. Love love love Tim Gunn. He WOULD be the perfect writing coach. I need to go rewatch some Project Runway and apply everything he says to my NaNo-ing. "Make it work!"

    In other news, hop on by my blog to pick up a little something. You deserve it. :)

    ReplyDelete