I work with writers of
contemporary middle grade, young adult, or adult fiction and memoir
to go from blank page to solid first draft.
This is the perhaps the hardest part of writing: those moments where you don’t know where to go next.
Some call it writer’s block. Some call it lack of inspiration. Some call it doubt in yourself or your idea.
I call it being STUCK. And what is stuck can be UNSTUCK.
Let’s talk it through.
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Many people can provide advice, tools, and resources to help writers refine their craft and perfect their work. Stephanie brings something far greater. Her compassion and sensitivity affirm our journey as writers and provide purpose for every aspect of our writing lives. Whether you write for a living, for fun, or anywhere in between, these gifts will help you remain true to your voice in any work you create. – Bob Blankstein, writer
The concept for my book was a messy ball of ideas—about structure, who my protagonist is, even about the message. What once felt confused and cloudy now feels clear because of Stephanie’s brilliant questions, guidance, and coaching. Thank you, Stephanie! – Colleen Haggerty, author of A Leg to Stand On and War Wounds (WIP)
Stephanie’s skills have been indispensable in assisting me in writing my memoir. She has provided all the elements necessary in a coach to keep me motivated to write. Stephanie has been there every step of the way to celebrate my achievements and support me out of dark holes that have made writing difficult. Her insights into the writing process have been enormously helpful. The most exciting part for me is how much my literary skills have grown since we began working together. – Jackie Brown, writer
Why do I do this work?
Because I believe that your story matters.
I believe that the interior story of regular people living regular lives are as rich, complicated, and read-worthy as the most fantastical world-building.
I also believe that the self-doubt many writers experience (myself included) is rooted in comparison with others.
If we can explore through story the things that make each person who they are, we can begin to heal our own self-doubt and finally put in the necessary work within our busy lives to make to write the book we have always wanted to complete.
But it can be hard. Really hard.
A lot of us believe that we need to wait for inspiration to strike. The problem is that this belief goes against what we know is true: that consistent practice makes us better writers.
I have personally grappled with this for years. I would sit down to write, feel uninspired, and get up to do something else. Or worse, I would never sit down in the first place.
Then there is writing a book, which sometimes feels like wrangling a wild animal. The story pulls you one way, then another, and before you know it you don’t know the beginning from the middle … and is there even an end in sight?
I’ve got you. Let’s do this together.