Thursday, May 09, 2013

Mentoring


How many of you have been a mentor? Maybe you mentored a new employee at work. Showed them the ropes. Answered questions. Helped them advance.

Since most of you are probably writers, have you ever mentored another writer? There are different ways to do that.

You could blog how-to posts that might help a writer with grammar, or promotion, or publishing, or plotting, for example.

You could also work one-on-one with a fellow writer. Meet with her or him in person or online or via phone or Skype.

The Sisters in Crime group that I belong to does once-a-year mentoring during the month of April, leading into  May.

This year, I agreed to be a mentor. My mentee lives in San Antonio, probably a hundred miles away from me. That won't stop us from getting together, though. We can meet halfway or I can drive to San Antonio. And, of course,  there's always phone calls, email, and Skype (if I can figure out how to use mine or even where my little Skype camera is).

If you have already been a mentor, email me with advice. I would appreciate it. (Whether it's advice on mentoring or Skyping.)

I'll let y'all know how it goes.

8 comments:

  1. Have mentored beginning teachers for years, and the first thing I try to offer is empathy and more empathy.

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    1. So true, Carole Anne. Empathy works.

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  2. Sure, I've mentored new guys at work, university students on internship and stuff like that. Never mentored a writer, except a physics student and hobby poet. Nor sure if that counts >:)

    Cold As Heaven

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    1. I'd say that counts. Definitely.

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  3. I think the most important thing is to let your mentee(is that a word?) know that no question is silly.

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  4. I've been a mentor in gardening! But, alas, not in writing, so I won't be much help to you. And I have yet to skype. Alas, so behind the times...but, yes, I agree with Susan.

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  6. Hi Helen .. unfortunately not - but I guess getting them to think round their subject - so they come up with the answers .. and empathy and showing they can do it ... I hope you enjoy the process - having someone to talk things through with must help hugely .. cheers Hilary

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