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Preparing For Your First Session - Bring Your Writing and Enthusiasm!

Hi prospective student! It's important to be well-prepared for your first session.
 
First, let's talk on the phone to address your needs and then:
 
  • Make sure you bring your writing with you! I know that may sound silly, but sometimes we walk out of the house and forget the keys.
  • Make sure your writing is printed on a clean copy with 1 - 1.5 inch margins, double-spaced so I can make annotations. (If it's not, don't worry, but that's ideal.)
  • Use a serif font (i.e. Times New Roman, Georgia). If you don't know what this means, no worries; I'll explain it to you during the first lesson.
  • If you don't have any writing yet prepared and want me to help you get started, then bring a notebook. We can brainstorm.
  • If you do have a writing sample, bring a notebook anyway, so we can take notes. Depending on your needs, I may give you a little assignment that you can do on your own.
  • Be prepared to turn off your phone or at the very least put it on mute. Part of developing a writing craft is focusing on the task at hand.
  • Some of our session may involve more talking than writing at first. This is for me to get to know you and your level of comfort with self-expression via the written word. I will ask you questions that will help me see what inspires you, depending on your topics, interests and so on.
  • And speaking of written words, one of the skills I also emphasize is for you to eventually feel comfortable reading your own writing out loud. You never know when you might have to speak in public. Written and verbal communication go hand-in-hand.
  • If we're working on a blog or any other online platform, then do bring a laptop, if you have one. Otherwise we can make other arrangements.
  • Bring a positive attitude! No matter how challenging the subject or whatever may be blocking your writing, I'm here to inspire you to learn and bring the best out of your ability to write and communicate in general. Anyone can do it. It's just like any other skill; practice makes perfect! And even professional writers like myself are continually honing their skills.
 
I look forward to meeting you!

Best,
 
Maria de los Angeles
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