Don’t get your hopes up.
It’s something we get told all the time as writers. Don’t get your hopes up and then you won’t be disappointed.
It’s well meaning. A way of protecting our self and others, but it’s also limiting. So it was fantastic to finally hear someone deliver the opposite message.
How about having a big dream? An impossible dream? A once-in-a-lifetime, million-to-one dream? How about dreaming of becoming a bestselling author?
And, crucially, taking steps towards that dream while 100% believing that you will achieve it one day.
Comparing yourself to other authors? Fine, if they inspire you to work harder. Dealing with rejection? OK, it happens. What can we learn from it? Handling a tricky negotiation with your editor or agent? Bring it on.
The Dream Author coaching programme, run by Sophie Hannah – a bestselling author herself – isn’t about learning craft. There are lots of brilliant courses out there that will teach you everything you need to know about plot, character, structure, theme, etc. And it’s important to take the time to learn these things, particularly if you have just started to write.
Life coaching is more about managing your emotional and psychological responses to writing and publishing, dealing with the rollercoaster ride of your creative journey, learning to deal with agents and publishers, handle rejection and accept the ups and downs of a professional writing life with equanimity.
It’s bigger than that though. The tools you learn through the course will help you in all aspects of your life including work, relationships, home, health and money.
The 14-month course comprises weekly webinars and exercises to work through. Sophie offers coaching via email or through the webinar where your issues can be raised anonymously and discussed. This is incredibly positive, and I recommend everyone to take advantage of it.
The course deals with issues such as procrastination and motivation (Sophie’s a big fan of scheduling); money and the business side of writing; making good decisions; celebrating success and constantly working towards your dreams.
Am I a bestselling author because I signed up to the Dream Author programme? No.
Am I working towards my dream goal while believing 100% that I will achieve it one day? Absolutely.
You can find out more about the Dream Author coaching programme here: Dream Author Coaching with Sophie Hannah | Find Out More