Writer’s life is an extraordinary life. It is full of ups and downs. As a writer myself, I have seen from my own and from those writers around me that even though we lead different lives, we go through the same set of stages somehow. If one can identify which stage one is, it is easier to give some advice or coaching. Here we enumerate the different phases a writer’s life is composed of, and to coach writers and future writers at each phase, I’ve also included coaching recommendations for each.
The 5 Stages in a Writer’s Life
A Writer’s Life Stage 1: Infanthood.
The beginning is marked by a spark of creativity. During this stage, you may still be anxious about writing, and usually does not know who to approach and get coaching from, as well as guidance. At this infancy stage, most people aren’t even open to admitting that they are a writer. You can start by practicing saying it out loud at home, talking to stuffed animals or your pets. It may feel weird at first, but trust me eventually you will get the hang of it. This stage in a writer’s life is not just applicable to just the new writers, but even for those who have taken a break from writing and have decided to awaken back their passion for it.
Best advice at this stage: Get a writing coach. A coach should help you explore your emotions and study the challenges you face. He should be able to turn your spark of creativity into a passion of writing and get you on track to success steadily.
A Writer’s Life Stage 2: Childhood.
Just like a little child, in this stage of a writer’s life you have developed that spark into constant high spirits and excitement. It seems like you want to try everything in terms of writing, may it be poetry, essays, letters or short stories. At this point, your high spirits will be sure to bring you to places. And at the same time, will provide you with the vigor to write and write.
Best advice at this stage: While you are at it, why not join writing groups and attend classes. Like a child that is an absorbent sponge, it is the best time to learn all that you can. This is also the best time to try the different genres to check which one best suits your writing.
A Writer’s Life Stage 3: Teenage years.
The high spirits from the previous stage now turns to anxiety. This is the time when you are expecting outcomes like being published or even being paid. This is the time when you turn your writing goals into the real world.
Best advice at this stage: Get a writing coach. When you are starting to get anxious and waddling away from how you began, a coach can be there to help you remember why you loved to write in the first place. A writing coach should help you explore your reasons why you should concentrate and commit to writing.
A Writer’s Life Stage 4: The Adult years.
This is the stage where you have found your space as a writer. By this time, you have already found the genre and writing style that best suits you. As an adult writer, you could now be into writing a full novel or memoir, or perhaps a more developed poem. This is the stage where you emerge as a serious writer.
Best advice at this stage: Even though you have achieved adulthood already, that doesn’t mean you have to stop learning. Continue attending classes, reading books, researching online. This is also the perfect time to be involved in a writers’ circle, where you can get valid feedback on your writing. Better if the circle you have joined in is being managed by a writing coach.
A Writer’s Life Stage 5: Reaching Maturity.
At this stage, after years and years of practicing your craft, you have finally come to the conclusion of what really makes a writer. Only those serious and passionate will reach this stage of a writer’s life. At this point you should have been published many times, and instead of seeking advice, you are the one giving it. You probably know by this point what good writing is all about. Writing is long-term and is a life calling.
Best advice at this stage: Make friends with other writers who are more mature than you. At this stage, it is important that you find a mentor well suited for you. He should be able to teach you how to handle success as well.
The stages in a writer’s life are quite easy to remember as they are just like the typical life stages of a human being, just restructured to take into consideration what a writer goes through. But more importantly, I hope you would be able to apply the learning and coaching I have imparted to each and every stage of a writer’s life I have mentioned here.