I believe in my dream to help good writers become great.
What started this dream?
Years ago as a writer, I yearned to develop my skills to the highest possible level. But while there were many books and classes teaching beginners the basics of the craft, I found almost now resources for skilled writers.
Once a writer has progressed beyond the basics, the learning doesn't stop. Now she or he needs advanced and specialist skills.
I'm now helping writers who're at the stage where I was once stuck - the stage where they want to progress from intermediate to advanced and professional level.
I give a lot of free advice on Twitter (with #writetip tweets and by answering questions about writing and publishing). I offer coaching and manuscript assessment services, and most importantly, I'm publishing Writer's Craft books. Each of these books teaches a specialist skill, such as Writing Fight Scenes, Writing Scary Scenes, Writing Vivid Settings, Writing Deep Point of View. In essence, I'm now writing the books I myself would have needed years ago.
What motivates you to follow this dream?
The greatest motivation is hearing from writers who tell me how much my books, classes and advice have helped them. It's rewarding to be able to help, and deeply satisfying to be part of another writer's success.
Another big motivation boost comes from watching one Writer's Craft guide after another climbing up the category bestseller charts. And best of all, I'm actually earning money doing what I love.
What are your goals?
I regularly set new goals and revise them often. At the beginning of each year, I choose one big goal - the one I'll achieve no matter what - and several small goals which are re-negotiable. For 2016, my goal was to write and publish four new books in the Writer's Craft series. I've achieved that already. I haven't decided on my big goal for 2017 yet.
What would you like people to know and where can we find you?
My website is raynehall.com. It contains some free resources for writers - articles with writing tips and such. You can follow me on Twitter where I frequently post free tips, prompts and advice for writers and answer questions: https://twitter.com/RayneHall. Writers who want to hire me for coaching and manuscript assessments can do it on Upwork: https://www.upwork.com/freelancers/~01246e57256ae44ee4 My newsletter with news and tips for writers is also on my website.