Deanne Adams - Story Coach & Mentor
I’m Deanne and I care passionately about words and stories.
Words can convey a scene, create a character, set a mood. Words are the means by which we have developed technologies, arts and entire civilisations. Words make us human.
I love to help people grow in confidence, to express the stories they have within them, and to help them see that they already have the potential and power to become the writer they want to be. I help budding authors write their first book, and emerging authors prepare their manuscripts for publishing.
In 1999, I graduated from The University of Nottingham with an Upper Second Class Degree in English Literature and Language. What I really wanted was to work in a field in which I could make a difference to how others valued both literature and language. With this in mind, I enrolled on the P.G.C.E course with Swansea University (as it was then), in order to become an English teacher. I qualified and secured a position in a comprehensive school, where I taught for the next fifteen years.
After the summer term of 2015, I left teaching, seeking a new challenge and a new avenue by which to pursue my love of helping others with their words. I support writers of fictional and personal stories to tell irresistible stories, as if they were simply born to write. My online community, Storytellers Elite offers developing writers support and learning to master the craft of writing great fiction.
I live near Bridgend, a part of the world I have grown to love, with my two children.
You’re always thinking about how to make your novel better. You might be writing the first draft of your novel, making your first editing pass at your manuscript or fine tuning your story ready for publishing. Wherever you are in the process, you’re striving to improve your writing and your chance of success.
Writing sprints are all the rage with writers and authors. It doesn’t matter whether you write fiction or non-fiction. They work whatever genre or sub-genre you write. A writing sprint is a closely focused period of time spent writing. Some writers do twenty-
minute sprints. Others prefer half an hour or forty minutes. Most authors find that their words start running dry after this time period, but some keep going for an hour. There’s no right or wrong in this. Writers are human too (honestly!) and we are all different.
Claire Fayers will be joining me on Clubhouse for a discussion and Q&A on 23rd September 2021 at 8pm (UK time). This is an exciting opportunity to listen to a traditionally published author give her experiences of being a writer of children’s books – and maybe even ask your own question!