Writing Coach Insights: Being a Beginner


I know the vulnerability of being a beginner. I also know the relative comfort of being an expert. I’ve been writing since I was a child. I remember beginning some form of autobiography when I was eight. Since early high school, I’ve known that writing was the main educational/career path I wanted to pursue. By now, I’ve been doing it for a while.

Branching Out

Recently, I decided to branch out into something new: drumming. The very idea of this felt somewhat outrageous and terrifying. Partially, it was the thought of making that much noise, of expressing myself in such a conspicuous and loud way. But on an even more basic level, what scared me was the thought of trying something new, of being a beginner.

Finding a Teacher

It wasn’t until a friend suggested an actual concrete step I could take that this fantasy of drumming began to take form and become a real possibility. I looked for a class. Not finding that, I found a teacher. A great teacher.

The First Step

Sometimes, all we need is the first step. With that in mind, I’ve created a tip sheet, For Beginning Writers: Where to Start. Hopefully, it will give that first step to those of you contemplating, but not yet acting on, your own new venture.


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