Why do I need a writing mentor?

Writers just write. You sit at the keyboard and type out words. How can anyone help with that? It’s either good or bad, publishable or not. Right?


So many writers I know start an incredible book and then–just get lost. They don’t know why. They tell themselves stories about not being good enough, or about not having time. They get up their courage once or twice a year and work hard for a week or two. And then they put the manuscript away again. They lose faith in themselves and the story they’re going to tell. And the world loses the beautiful work they might have offered. The people who need that story never get it. And I want to stop that from happening.

The truth is that your brain is lying to you about why you’re not writing. It’s shifted into survival mode, telling you that this a matter of your survival–not to write. It makes a decision and then pretends there are logical reasons for it, when it is mostly an emotional response to the absolute terror of doing something that really, really matters to you and that will make you emotionally vulnerable to the entire planet. Your brain has decided it’s much safer to quit than to fail.

This is where I come in. I’m a national bestselling author and have published 15 books over the last 20 years. I’ve published hundreds of essays. But that’s not why I’m good as a mentor. The reason I’m a uniquely good mentor is because I’ve spent all these years dealing with massive anxiety about writing. And it’s gotten worse over time. Every day, I procrastinate sitting down to my computer. I’d rather do anything in the world than write. Because everything else is safer than writing.

So I know the tricks your brain is using to protect you from your fear of failure–and of success. I also know how to trick your brain and use small goals as a way to move forward and get started. I help you do what you have always been capable of doing, telling a story that will change the world. I believe in you and I can help make this happen.

Published by Mette Ivie

I'm a national bestselling author, All-American triathlete, Princeton PhD and mother of five amazing kids. And I'm here to teach you how to talk back to the brain that is telling you to quit before you fail. I'm here to up your game as a writer and as a human. I teach skills on writing, but more than that, I teach you how to take risks and write more deeply, more humanly, and to become a better human yourself.

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