Coaching

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, there was a woman who wanted to write. She used to write all the time when she was younger. It felt easier then, before she decided to take her writing seriously. If she wanted to make things happen, after all, and if she wanted to make her dreams come true, it was serious business.

It was alright at first - exciting, even! - as she learned the rules of writing success and followed them to the letter. Everything was fine, until the day she realized things didn’t feel quite right.

She felt guilty if she missed a day of writing, but felt badly for neglecting the people and other passions she cared about.

She liked having writing advice to adhere to, but felt lost when it didn’t work for her.

Doubt plagued her: was this the right story to tell? Was she good enough to tell it? Was this really what she wanted?

One day, she happened on a house with a higgledy piggledy roof and a lawn covered in wildflowers. She knew the house, and she knew the woman who lived there, too. She was known as the village mum, always ready with a cozy hearth and a magical teapot that made whatever drink your heart desired.

“Come in!” she called from the doorway. “I’ve just put the kettle on, so let’s have a chat.”

They settled in for a warm drink and the writer shared her sad tale. She spoke until her cup was empty, unearthing uncomfortable truths, and realizing as she did that writing had begun to feel more like a burden than a joy. When had that even happened? Could she find her way back again, now that she’d strayed off the path?

“Well,” said the village mum, “you could let writing drift away, dabbling in it now and again, until it fades and gives you room to explore other joys.”

“No,” said the writer. “That’s not what I want.”

“You could keep doing what you’re doing. At least you’re writing.”

“What I’m doing isn’t working. I don’t need writing to be easy and delightful all the time, but it feels like my dreams are getting further away, not closer.”

Pouring until the writer’s cup was full once again, the village mum smiled. “It sounds like it’s time to try something new. Something that gives you and your writing room to breathe and flourish.”

“I wouldn’t know where to begin.” The writer took a sip, both hands wrapped around the mug. “But I’m ready to try.”


Even the most fantastical stories possess a seed of truth, and this story has enough seeds to fill a castle garden. You want to take your writing seriously because it means something to you, but taking it seriously often leads you to a life that hinders your creativity. You’re exhausted from trying to fit everything in, you feel like your writing is stale and uninteresting, and you start to doubt everything you’re trying to achieve because it doesn’t feel worth it anymore.

It’s maddening to be trying so hard and feel like you’re getting nowhere.

Let's try something different ...


Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Let go, just for a moment, of the appointment you have in an hour, the laundry that needs doing, and the grumbling in your stomach because you forgot to eat lunch. Again.

On second thought, if you forgot to eat lunch, please go have a snack. I’ll be here when you get back!

Okay. Once you’ve taken a few deep, calming breaths, let yourself sink into these thoughts:

Imagine being able to write without worrying about how little time you have.

Imagine being able to pursue your writing dreams without having to put the rest of your life on hold.

Imagine being able to acknowledge and learn from your writing fears instead of letting them keep you from what you love.

These thoughts may be in your imagination right now, but they’re no fairy tale. If you’re ready to lay a foundation for them, nurture them, and help them grow, they’ll become a part of your personal story.

Are you ready to start building your creative legacy?


Our journey begins with a free, no-obligation Creative Grounding session. In this thirty-minute session, we’ll talk about the “why” underpinning your writing dreams, and you’ll take your first steps toward building a strong foundation for achieving them. By the end of our session together, you’ll feel excited and determined to bring your writing dreams to life.


A Creative Grounding session also lays the groundwork for the Creativity Kickstart and Creative 360, my paid coaching offerings. I’m happy to explore which one is right for you by email or in our Creative Grounding session, but let me give you a taste of what they have to offer.

The Creativity Kickstart


If you want to hone in on your writing goals and figure out more effective ways of reaching them (which means more time to write and more time to spend on everything else you love), you’re ready for a Creativity Kickstart.

This is perfect if you need help developing a writing routine, figuring out which of your many projects deserves your attention, or refreshing your creativity after a lengthy hiatus. You’ll answer a few questions in the week before our session to give us both a better look at what’s working in your writing life and what’s not. The 90-minute session allows us to explore the biggest obstacle standing in your way and figure out how to overcome it. Two weeks later, you’ll receive an email with more suggestions, encouragement, and an opportunity to ask any follow-up questions.

Your investment in the Creativity Kickstart is $100 USD.

The Creative 360


If you know the writing dreams you want to pursue but feel too overwhelmed to follow them, you’re ready to explore a holistic approach with a Creative 360.

This is perfect if you feel like you’re constantly trying to crawl out from underneath a mountain of things like a chaotic schedule, self-doubt, and more story ideas than you know what to do with. You’ll spend some time answering questions designed to help you unearth the truth about what’s really going on in your writing life. That way, when we get to the first of two sessions in this bundle, we’ll be ready to explore all the nooks and crannies. These sessions are 90 minutes and 60 minutes, respectively.

Before our second session, you’ll have an opportunity to review and share your thoughts on a comprehensive action plan. You can also share a portion of your work-in-progress for big picture-level feedback. In our second session, we’ll go over the action plan, dive into anything that needs clarification or more depth, and make sure you’re ready to implement it. Two weeks later, you’ll receive an email with more suggestions, encouragement, and an opportunity to ask any follow-up questions.

Your investment in the Creative 360 is $175 USD.

The Woman Behind the Coaching


Hi there!  I'm Victoria Fry, a writer who gets inspired by everything from the Betsy-Tacy series to the Shadowscapes Tarot to the latest episode of Heartland.

When I'm working on my own projects, I enjoy exploring New Adult contemporary stories and historical fiction.  When I'm working one-on-one with other writers, I enjoy exploring where their path has taken them so far and how they can make writing a more organic part of their lives.

The more I learn about writing and the different journeys writers take, the more firmly I believe there is no one set path to success.  It's all about defining what success in writing means to you (very important!) and figuring out how to get there sooner rather than later, without taking a toll on everything else you hold dear.

I'm not saying there won't still be late nights or compromises to contend with.  I am saying that there's a better way than the one you're following right now, and I'm here to help you find it.

FAQ


Do I have to take a Creative Grounding session before I can do the Creativity Kickstart or Creative 360?

Yes. ^_^ Doing the Creative Grounding session gives us a chance to see how we work together and gives you a sampling of what the whole process would be like. Because these coaching sessions are an investment of both our time, it’s important to make sure that we’re ready to hop fully on-board.

Where do these sessions take place?

Online, through Skype or Google Hangouts.

Are these sessions in a group setting or one-on-one?

Just you, me, and our cups of tea!

Do we have to be in the same country or time zone?

Not at all. I’m currently on the west coast of Canada and have coached writers in the United States, Australia, and the UK.

Do I need a microphone or webcam?

No, you don’t. I made a choice when I first started coaching to do sessions in a written form, rather than a call where you can see and/or hear the other person, for two big reasons:

1. As writers, we feel more freedom in communicating on the page (or screen), but we struggle when we have to voice our thoughts out loud. The more comfortable you are, the easier it is for you to dig deep and figure out what’s really going on.

2. I don’t want a good coaching session to be dependent on a stellar internet connection. A written session can survive a connection that bumps in and out for a few seconds here and there. It’s a lot harder to maintain the flow when someone’s voice is cutting in and out and you have to ask them to repeat themselves constantly.

Because we won’t have the advantage of hearing tone of voice or seeing facial expressions, I highly encourage the use of smilies in our sessions to help us convey our meaning! ^_^

How long will we be working together?

By the time you receive the final email, a Creativity Kickstart can be complete within one month and a Creative 360 within six weeks. Beyond that, it’s entirely up to you! I know writers who have been happy with one session, and I’ve also been honoured to become an ongoing part of a creative support network for writers who choose to have more sessions. If the latter appeals to you down the road, we can have a chat about how that works.

Testimonials


"Victoria is well-read and understands the creative process – primarily that it’s not the same for every person. She adapts to my style while providing structure, support, humor, and momentum applicable to our sessions only, with personalized writing prompts and techniques for me."

Laura Ennis

"Victoria is passionate, warm, and encouraging while creatively crackin' the whip! My project is back on track and I have a realistic deadline I plan to meet, thanks to her! Sometimes a writer needs a person just like Victoria in your corner. I’m excited over the progress, productivity, and possibility my coach has helped usher into my writing process. She listens, helps you draw lines, and guides you back into relationship with your work. So happy to have found someone I can trust to help me."

Venice Kennedy

"I was struggling with my NaNoWriMo novel before my session with Victoria. In one session, she was able to listen to my fears and problems and give me plenty of suggestions to help steer me in the right direction. Afterwards, a lot of the issues I was having melted away as I was able to deal with them head-on. I completed my NaNoWriMo novel with several days to spare."