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With a tender heart, a drive for learning and a gift for sharing, Margaret brings her years of experience as a licensed professional counselor and a woman of faith to all her writings. Her insights and biblical understanding bring home principles we all can use - no matter the circumstances we are in.


Writing Coach Corner

It's Not A Game But It Does Need Practice

By Margaret Cook, M.Ed., Licensed Professional Counselor, Life Coach


Did you ever play a sport? Coaches teach the fundamentals and then at game time help guide the strategy and keep the team focused on the goal. Sometimes coaches catch the ball dozens of times in a row for an aspiring pitcher.

Writing (or developing any skill) is a process that can improve with coaching and practice. This column will provide you with tips on the fundamentals and then help you practice them until they come “naturally.”

Notice the word PRACTICE? That is the tip of the month. Set aside a time each week when you will practice writing. Create a time that you can keep. When developing a new life habit, you want to be able to incorporate this into your routine so that you will be able to regularly engage in your new skill.

Set a goal and keep it between now and the next newsletter. Consider pairing it with something else you do – maybe it is 30 minutes while the sheets are in the dryer once a week. If your life is overbooked, start with ten minutes two or three times a week and try to pair it with something you love to do already.


Suggested Reading for Writers:

Putting Your Passion Into Print

The Artist’s Way



Copyright © May 6, 2006 – Margaret Cook. All rights reserved.
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