Kate Johnston | Writing Coach | Editor


Is writer’s block holding you back from reaching your productivity or creativity goals?

Do you feel constantly overwhelmed with a guardrail-to-guardrail schedule so that you have trouble fitting writing into your life?

Is your “inner critic” so noisy—and nosy—that you are unable to feel good about anything you write?

Do you struggle with finding your unique writing voice so you can capture your ideal readers’ attention?

Do you often write, stop, write, stop, write, stop?

Are you having trouble finding story ideas that fulfill you with enough interest and curiosity that you can’t wait to sit down and write?

Do you want to write a story, but you just don’t know where to begin?

If any of these struggles sound like something you’re dealing with,

I can help you!


Developmental editing is a critical step in the book creation process but often it feels like you’re two inches tall and you’re expected to set the dinner table for the Jolly Green Giant. How do you know if the foundation is solid? Did you do enough worldbuilding? Are your characters well-rounded and believable? What is the balance of exposition to scene?

This massive aspect of editing is so much more than just shifting passages around and cutting Little Darlings. You need to make sure this is the book you wanted to write and you need to dive deep to be sure you got it right. That means dealing with areas like concepts, events, images, characters, plot, and plausibility. That dinner table isn't going to set itself and you can’t set it until you understand how each major storytelling element plays out in your book, if that’s what you had intended, and whether or not they all work well together to create an engrossing read.

Writing coach and author Kate Johnston helps writers approach developmental editing through a clear systematic process so they can develop their story’s big-picture areas after they’ve written a complete early draft. Kate directs writers to assess each major storytelling element for plausibility, clarity, originality, and emotional impact.

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Kate Johnston | Writing Coach