Sometimes you just don’t know your own reach, the impact you have on others. This is especially the case when you work with authors, it’s a solitary endeavor even though we’re working one on one and communicate often, you don’t always understand how you’ve impacted them, how they are changed by having worked with you.
As an editor and author coach I’m so focused on the author and manuscript that I don’t think about things like…how will this change the way they write? Or how will this change the way they think about writing? I don’t contemplate what kind of impact I will have on working with them. I always hope the writing aspect of working with me changes they way they put their words onto paper. I also hope that they become stronger writers, more confident in the stories they want to tell.
Each author I work with is different, there are a multitude of of things that each author is interested in working on and looking to improve upon, but I don’t know exactly what I will be working on beyond the writing. I find it truly invigorating, though, to dig in and help an author achieve not only their writing goals but their personal ones as well.
I’m lucky enough that one of my authors decided to write about her experience working with me (On Writing Captive Lies by Victoria Paige) I don’t often get to see such an inside look but I couldn’t be more proud to have shared this writing journey with each of my authors! I love that my words have meaning for them and that in the end they take what I’ve said to heart and give themselves permission to BE who they are and to WRITE the way their soul calls!!!