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20 per session - Virtual OK

Writing can be a pain. In my experience, it always is. The hardest part for me has always been to make myself sit down and actually do the thing. Once you get into the rhythm, the words can flow naturally, and you reach an organic flow of narrative. That being said, it can be extremely difficult to get to that point on your own whether it means starting that screenplay you've been wanting to work on, finishing that book you started forever ago, or just maintaining your daily blog posts.

What I'm offering is to hold you accountable to your own goals. A fitness coach would sit down with you, find out what you want to accomplish, and then come up with an action plan to help you achieve that. So, that's where we'd start. The first session will just be you explaining what you hope to achieve with your writing and building an actionable plan for you to achieve that.

Then any subsequent sessions can be anywhere from me sending you a daily reminder to write, or to a phone meeting where you walk me through your progress, what you're excelling at, and what you're struggling with. You decide how much help you need. Sessions can be weekly, daily, or even intermittently when you're struggling. Whatever best suits your writing style.

I can give lessons about what I've learned on creating organic dialogue, or how to have your story progress naturally. If you have the whole story mapped out, but your characters just seem stilted and not quite like real people, i can help with that. If you know who your characters are, but your story just lacks some conflict to make it engaging, then we'll talk it out and figure out what you need to inject into your story.

Everyone's got at least one good story in them. I've figured out how to tell a few of mine. Let me help you figure out how to tell yours, or at the very least, be that helping voice that urges you to push for one more scene, a couple more sentences, or one more line of dialogue.

Training & Qualifications


I'm an independent filmmaker and writer. I've written and produced several short films, a couple pilots for shows, and a documentary. I've also struggled with depression for most of my life. So I know how hard starting can be. Sometimes all you need is a little support. I've been there, so I know what helps.

I've loved stories for as long as I can remember, and consider myself a student of story structure. Being an inside kid, I spent a lot of time daydreaming of weird scenarios or far away worlds. I haven't learned how to daydream less, I've just figured out that if you have a particularly cool idea, you can show it to other people, and they're appreciative for it. So, like the trope you always hear on tv or in movies about the kid who bought a radio or toaster and took it apart, just to put it back together again, I was doing the same thing to stories.

I love collaborating. Some of my favorite times in my life were when I was working on a project, and handed it off to a room of collaborators for each one of them to leave their mark on it as well. When you show someone else an idea, you pass it through the filter of that person's perspective, they help you tear out the parts that don't work, and then offer the best they have to the story. With each person it improves the thing until it's the best version of that thing. Then when your audience connects to it, they connect to not just you, but everyone who helped along the way. It's beautiful really.

Availability & Preferences


In the early mornings every day (from around 6am - 10am), or intermittently at random times that you can message me to find out about.

Trading Preference: I prefer being paid in simbi

Reviews of James


Mike received session of Writing Coach from James
Jun 18, 2017
James gave me some fantastic notes for my new script. Very valuable information that I will definitely incorporate into my next draft. Thankd so much!...show more
Eren received session of Writing Coach from James
Jun 20, 2017
Working with James was a pleasant experience. He was reliable in our communication schedule, and went above what we'd actually agreed to in order to ...provide helpful suggestions when I was dealing with writer's blocks. I would recommend his service to others.show more
Michael left review for James
Jun 25, 2018
James was excellent but, unfortunately I had to cancel our deal because I was no longer able to provide the service he was seeking.
- provided session of Advise on film or video project for James
Apr 20, 2018
James had many questions and I was only answering one. I shared with him how to plan out his production, and organize his team. Hopefully he’ll ask mo...re questions. Just one at a time. show more
Ashley provided Help with Take a quick market research study for James
Feb 08, 2018
Helped with a survey! Very intriguing!
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Feb 08, 2018
Quick response time from James, quick and easy survey to take. Thanks for doing business with me! (There is some jocular cussing in the survey, so may...be don't take it with an early reader watching.)show more
Jorge provided Help with Take a quick market research study for James
Feb 07, 2018
Hi James I was a pleasure assisting you in this project. Best of luck! Jorge
Tyler provided unit of Custom Music Composition for James
Jul 24, 2017
James was great to work with! He was very patient and gave good criticism.
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Jul 11, 2017
Pleasure to work with!
Brooks provided unit of Dungeons and Dragons v3.5 ruling for James
Jul 02, 2017
Very fun collaborating with James; chatted with him for a bit for his podcast, which he was a great interviewer for.


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I'm an independent filmmaker and writer. I've written and produced several short films, a couple pilots for shows, and a documentary. I've loved stories for as long as I can remember, and consider... myself a student of story structure. Being an inside kid, I spent a lot of time daydreaming of weird scenarios or far away worlds. I haven't learned how to daydream less, I've just figured out that if you have a particularly cool idea, you can show it to other people, and they're appreciative for it. So, like the trope you always hear on tv or in movies about the kid who bought a radio or toaster and took it apart, just to put it back together again, I was doing the same thing to stories. I love collaborating. Some of my favorite times in my life were when I was working on a project, and handed it off to a room of collaborators for each one of them to leave their mark on it as well. When you show someone else an idea, you pass it through the filter of that person's perspective, they help you tear out the parts that don't work, and then offer the best they have to the story. With each person it improves the thing until it's the best version of that thing. Then when your audience connects to it, they connect to not just you, but everyone who helped along the way. It's beautiful really.show more

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