are nervous about telling their story
want touches of one-on-one support
appreciate being gently challenged
Sitting down to write when there is nothing on the screen can be unavoidably terrifying. You’re setting out into unmapped territory, attempting to build something in a void. And while our storytelling courses will provide the guidance and the pathways for you to follow, it’s this fear of beginning that keeps many of us from realizing the story that most wants to be told. Ask any storyteller and they’ll tell you: no matter how successful they have been in the past, they're afraid of putting the first word on a new page.
So here’s your solution: a story coach. Story coaches are teachers and guides who don't pretend to know more about your story than you do. Instead, their role is to listen for your storytelling brilliance.
Sometimes your story coach is a reflective listener, echoing back what they think you’ve said because that transition from brain to world can be tricky, and ideas can get lost in the process.
At other times, your story coach might be an analytical listener, noticing things that you might have overlooked, gems that needed to be brought to your attention for you to see how amazing they are. They can connect disparate ideas, catch running themes, or notice you’re approaching a dead end in time to turn around.
And sometimes your coach might not do anything but listen. Because something amazing can happen when you talk to an attentive listener. Like magic, you can make startling new discoveries, find the thread that's been trying to get your attention, or connect the dots that demonstrate the ways your path has been set before you like breadcrumbs.
*adapted from the writing of RTC story coach, Alison Hennessee
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