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CREATIVELY…ARE YOU FEELING?
OVERWHELMEDIs the rest of your life completely getting in the way of your creative pursuits?
Is it impossible to find time to write?
I used to think that unless I received a tidy inheritance and retired to a lighthouse with my dog, I’d never be able to get anything down on the page…but that’s just not true.
CONFUSEDUnsure how you can get your writing read by “the right people?” Wondering how you really can get published or produced, or even get your foot in the door?
Eight books and 2 movies ago, I spent a lot of time “fumbling in the dark” before I found ways that worked.
STUCKFor reasons known or unknown, you’re just not writing.
You know you have something to say but days, weeks, months, even years go by and you’re not getting it down on the page.
Or are unable to solve some problem within your work, something that has stumped you and blocked the creative flow?
I know I can help.
You know have a story to tell––it might even be your own life story––and yet it’s nearly impossible to shape the material. You don’t know what to leave out and what to leave it…Or whether it should be a memoir or fiction or some new genre entirely.
I’ve coached many people through exactly these issues, and have overcome them myself in both fiction and non-fiction.
WORRIEDNot sure how much you’re “allowed” to reveal about yourself or the people you’re writing about.
Wondering if anyone’s going to care about what you have to say?
Or unsure that the compliments you’re getting from friends and family are just their way of being polite?
Maybe it’s time for a compassionate, knowledgeable, but totally honest professional assessment.
FRUSTRATEDYou’ve been working diligently but your just not getting the results you want from your career.
We all know the old quote that “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result.”
Maybe it’s time to get sane about your creative career, getting a new perspective that shines light on old problems.
HERE’S WHY I CAN HELP YOU…
HERE’S HOW I CAN HELP YOU…
WHY HIRE A COACH?
First and foremost, you will no longer be alone in your struggle to bring your creative dreams to life.
Together we can break down your project’s requirements into manageable pieces.
Together we can set deadlines and help you remain accountable for them.
Together, we can explore tons of tried-and-true methods to get you started writing (or re-started) during those difficult times we all have where nothing’s flowing.
WHAT MAKES ME SPECIAL AS A COACH…?
Unlike many writing coaches, my own achievements speak for themselves.
Perhaps more importantly, I have extensive experience helping others on both the CREATIVE level and the MARKETING.
In other words, I believe in PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS.
I’m honest but totally supportive, working to help you mine your own vein of gold.
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TESTIMONIALS • PART 1
“I am heartily recommending Edward Vilga as a Creative Guru for getting published or produced or moving through creative and life challenges.
After consulting informally with him about my business and life, I can say that working with him will be effective, playfull, compassionate, and inspiring.
You’ll have all sorts of breakthroughs, both artistically and professionally, and thoroughly enjoy the process, too!”
Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy (aka SARK)
Bestselling Author/Artist of 16 Books
(Including A Creative Companion and Make Your Creative Dreams REAL)
“Edward Vilga was instrumental in helping me launch my first book in 2008. His personal recommendation to my “soon to be” agent gave me the foot in the door I needed to be taken seriously in the literary world. Edward was equally fabulous through the stages of the book’s development with his own flavor of encouragement and his “can do” approach (exemplified by his many published books and dvds). This spilled over into a copious supply of enthusiasm and positivity for my project. I am eternally grateful for his advice, generosity and kind demeanor as he worked with me through this very successful process.”
author “Nine Designs For Inner Peace”
“I’m so glad to be working with Edward on my new book. In fact, it’s not just helping my work, the approach we’re taking is carrying over to other realms (just like yoga.) I’ve gone from bitchily complaining about being stuck and fully believing in its inevitability/intractability to willingly re-thinking everything, trying new ways to work and organize my life–and I’m enjoying the process. Most importantly, I’m amazed at how much we’ve accomplished in a short time through smarter strategies and greater efficiency and accountability. He’s definitely been a breakthrough genius for me.”
Author of The Empty Room (Scribner: 2004)
Co-Author of The Death of Cancer (FSG: 2015)
WHO DO I WORK WITH…?
I’ve worked with writers who haven’t published anything to those with multiple book contracts.
What matters is that you are passionate about your work…and we agree we’re a good match for each other.
I’ve worked with fiction and non-fiction, usually in books but sometimes screenplays and plays. Interestingly, many memoir writers have actively sought me out.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
I have different packages detailed below but basically after a FREE preliminary chat to see if we’re a match, then I schedule a longer conversation where we map out your projects and career goals.
After that, we have a weekly or twice a month session to check-in about progress and discuss the work.
In the meantime, I look over pages you send me. I’m also available for email questions between sessions.
If you read these testimonials on this page, you’ll have a greater sense of what I do, often including making publishing world introductions when appropriate.
TESTIMONIALS • PART 2
“Working with Edward completely ignited my creativity and self-expression.
I began working with him at the very beginning of launching my career as an empowerment coach for other women. He helped me create my first workshops, my first emailings, my first offerings all in a way that expressed my unique gifts and talents. Our work together made me more confident to put myself out there in a big way. Having his weekly accountability and support was priceless.
Since working with Edward, I’ve gone from zero to hundreds of clients with a wait list for both my group and 1-on-1 programs. I’m loving my life and finally free to be the real me in my business!”
“Working on a book–or any long writing project–can sometimes become overwhelming, with so many moving pieces to keep in place. I found myself in such a spot not long ago, confused about where I was going. I desperately needed another set of eyes on me and my project. I called Edward for a quick “jumpstart,” as he calls it, and after one call I had a schedule for the upcoming two months and a plan for how to proceed. That call–and Edward’s follow-up a few weeks later to see how I was doing and to slightly modify the program–were an enormous help. I’m moving ahead and the book is almost done. Thanks, Edward.”
Author of Do Fathers Matter? The New Science of Fatherhood
(published by Scientific American/FSG for Father’s Day, 2014) and
Acquainted with the Night (Broadway, 2004), a memoir of raising children with bipolar disorder and depression.
“Edward turned my writing life around. By the time I found him, I was eleven years into writing a memoir that just wouldn’t come together. I didn’t know why. I was a pretty good writer. My story was unusual and compelling. I’d gone to a lot of trouble to hone my skills, completing an MFA in creative writing, working with a writing coach, and even hiring a professional book editor. Even with all that effort, the book was a muddled mess. Something wasn’t connecting. I knew there was gold in there, but I couldn’t find it.
Enter Edward. He was my last hope. Fortunately, he had exactly the kind of wisdom, experience, and teaching ability I needed. From our very first conversation, Edward started drawing the book’s vision out of its hiding place in my mind.
Edward served as a shepherd to my writing, reminding me of my vision, guiding me back toward it if I strayed. He was constantly interested in my creative process, and whenever I got stuck, he always had some perfect gem of an idea for how to un-stick me. After every session with him, I’d hang up the phone thinking, I know exactly what to do now! Even better, he believed in what I was writing, and he believed I could write exactly the book that was inside me. With his help, that’s what I did.”
–– F.B. Viola
AND…YOU CAN LIVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD…!
I work by phone and Skype so my clients are truly global.
Amazing things happen when you work with someone who believes and supports your Vision, on both practical and energetic levels. SERIOUSLY––Magic starts to happen!
TESTIMONIALS • PART 3
When writing a memoir, I felt a bit like a hoarder. All my stories were in boxes, everything felt important, and I sometimes got paralyzed. Edward gently and strategically helped me ‘unpack’ those boxes, find a straight path, and through a course of action he designed just for me, helped me complete the draft. Straight up, he gets shit done. Why? Because he’s done it himself. Without him this project would still be on some old to-do list.
Author / Senior Groundlings Member
After many starts and stops, I have finally found the path to complete a manuscript. Edward Vilga has illuminated my writing path through his encouragement, insights and confidence that I could accomplish this goal. Without his coaching, I would have stayed put in a place of self doubt and procrastination.”
New London, CT
“Edward Vilga is always an inspiration. He is a terrific source of information and insight about all aspects of publishing and promotion.
His advice and experience can dramatically help a project move forward and find its audience. You’ll learn a lot and enjoy the ride!”
Author of Always Moving and OM Schooled
Honored as one Oprah’s Eight Rising Poets
in O Magazine
Why Deny Yourself the Gift of Creative Clarity?
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