Are you stuck?

Have you become bored, frustrated, or lost in what you’re writing? Even when you set goals, stick to a schedule, and put in regular writing time, you can still feel like you aren’t making progress. Why? Perhaps because you can’t find your argument, you aren’t sure your idea is worthwhile, or maybe you’re just no longer interested in a project you’ve been working on for so long. Consider Idea Therapy.

What is Idea Therapy?

Idea Therapy is the talking cure for your writing. Together we’ll work through a series of questions that get to the heart of what’s holding you back and discover what you really want to write (as opposed to what you think others want you to write). You’ll learn how to transform an old idea into a new one, resolve conflicting feedback, and overcome the anxiety about producing excitingly new work.

If you work in literature, languages, cultural studies, history, and related humanities fields, I can help you think big, see possibilities you didn’t know were there, write for your most engaged reader, and rekindle your enthusiasm. 

How does it help?

Idea Therapy can help you find your focus, refine your point, restructure your chapters, and start writing at a faster clip. Talking to others is essential for honing your ideas and polishing your writing. But too often professional interlocutors have their own investments. Perhaps it’s an old advisor whose identity is wrapped up in your success, a department chair pushing you onto tenure quickly, or even a well-meaning friend who can inadvertently give advice that reinforces the choices she’s made rather than what’s right for you. Idea Therapy lets you get it all out and explore your own desires and ideas without any judgment. You’ll leave feeling confident about your work and ready to do more.

How does it work?

Idea Therapy is about talking and thinking. But I often look at your book proposal or article abstract as part of our discussions. Idea Therapy tends to work best in three or more sessions, but some clients feel reenergized to work on their own after just one. After Idea Therapy, you might also want to continue with individual coaching, or I can refer you to a developmental editor who will work more closely with you on your writing. 

How do I get started?

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