When is the right time to listen to your inner critic?

A writer’s inner critic tends to show up at the worst times. Read this post by Kate Johnston | Author & Story Coach to learn how you can train your inner critic to help you become a better writer rather than get in your way.

Most writers have inner critics. That little voice inside you that tells you that you’re a terrible writer. That you have no business crafting a story. That taunts and jeers and makes you feel like you are the laughing stock of the entire writing community. I ended up naming my … READ MORE

Why Active Voice Strengthens Writing

Active, vivid prose is one of the fundamental tools to liven descriptions. Concrete nouns, action verbs, and active voice are essential parts of descriptive language. Active voice is powerful and vigorous. Sentences written in active voice propel your story forward and keep the reader in the midst of what is … READ MORE

6 Ways to Beat Writing Fear

What are your writing fears? Are they severe enough that they stop you from making any forward progress on your writing journey? Read this post by Kate Johnston | Author & Story Coach to learn 6 ways you can beat your writing fears.

Fear is a common emotion among ALL writers. We need to understand that writing fear is normal and very much a part of the process. Fear will come and go, strengthen and weaken, so you kind of have to accept it as part of the deal. Normal, yes. Common as … READ MORE

Understanding your Creative Energy

Everyone is at the mercy of their own special brand of creative energy, a system of internal and external forces that either support or hinder our creativity. I call it Natural Writing Forces because this system is always at work–whether we know what it’s up to or not. This system … READ MORE