This week's question for RTW:
"What kind of writing coach do you need? When you have to coach friends, what kind of coach are you?"
If you'd asked me this question a year ago, my answer would have been very different than it is right now. A year ago, I would have needed a coach to pat me on the head and give me the negative in very, very small doses. Right now, I need the brutal honesty, and I can take it. Sure, I still kind of die a little on the inside when my CP points out a huge flaw in my manuscript, but I appreciate that she doesn't lie to me when I ask her a straight question.
What's the point of lying? If I want someone to tell me my manuscript is perfect, that's what mothers are for. No, actually, my mother wouldn't do that either. We all need different types of critiques and there's nothing wrong with a lighter hand, and I think we all need that at the beginning, but I think I work better with harsher feedback.
As for myself, I fall somewhere closer to the brutal honesty side of the scale. While I'm not quite Sue Sylvester, I'm not going to sugar coat it. I often have to go back to my CP notes and scale it back a little.
That said, I probably wouldn't be the right writing coach or critique partner for everyone.
What about you?