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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

RTW: The Perfect Coach

Coaching Song of the Day: "I'll Be There For You" by The Backstreet Boys

So, today Quita and I are venturing on Day #2 of the NaNoWriMo madness. Yesterday, we both had a good writing day--we passed our daily goals even. However, today we returned to the day jobs, and our writing goals are looking...well, bleak. That's why YA Highway's Road Trip Wednesday is perfect for us right now. They want to know:

What kind of writing coach do you need? When you have to coach friends, what kind of coach are you?

Hmm, well, we definitely wouldn't want this type of coach:

You know, the type of person that's going to bark orders at you and grill you for not meeting your goals. But we also don't want this type of coach:

All of us probably know this guy. The type that's going to put a Band Aid on everything and never call you out on your crap.

Basically, we just need a sounding board. Someone we can vent to when times seem rough. The kind that will give us both a pat on the back or a reality check when we ask for it.

And that's the type of coaches we are. If you just want to blow off steam, so be it. But when you tell us what kind of help/motivation you need, we'll be there for you like Chandler was there for Joey (okay, nineties sitcom reference. My creativity dwindles during this time of the day).

What about you all? What are your coaching needs?


Alicia Gregoire said...

I think all writing coaches should supply flowers. To ease the pain, you know.

Tracey Neithercott said...

Ha ha...I love that second picture! I agree--I don't' need someone to be mean about it, but I appreciate honest feedback. I need to know where the story is weak, so no nerds with gerber daisies for me!

Lori Ann Stephens said...

Oooh,I need a Chandler! Nice post--the pics are perfect.

Kate Scott said...

I really like your Chandler answer, because I don't need a write "coach" at all, I need a writing "friend". So why not somebody from Friends.

Crystal said...

Chandler was always my favorite :) He'd make an excellent coach/friend.

Marquita Hockaday said...

Chandler was THE BEST :D I agree, he'd be an excellent coach. Thanks for the comments you all!

Jessica Love said...

A sounding board is a perfect way of putting it. I certainly send my poor CPs enough crazy emails.

Sarah Enni said...

Aw Chandler and Joey! I'd love them both as beta readers, and then I'd hang out with the chick and the duck. :)


Carrie said...

Love the Friends reference. That's the best kind of coach.

Racquel Henry said...

I couldn't agree with you girls more! I just need someone to vent my frustrations to. Someone that gets it. If the person isn't a writer they most likely won't understand.