My Story

Hey there, Writer! I’m Kate Johnston — story coach, editor, author, and BWR (Backyard Wildlife Rescuer)

Writing is something I hold close to my heart (right up there with pizza, wolves, and Mickey Mouse). Sometimes I talk about fantastical worlds and characters because as though they’re real. I love jib-jabbing about the writing process and coaching writers as they kick their writing dreams into reality!

I became an “accidental” editor and beta reader back in college for friends who needed help with their papers. Someone told me I should hire out my services because 1) I was good at it and 2) I loved doing it.

That bit of advice has always stayed with me–grow your passion.

I launched my blog under the name 4amWriter back in 2012–because that’s exactly what I was: a writer at 4:00 am. I was a frazzled stay-at-home mom freelancing when I wasn’t “momming” and the ONLY time I had to work on my own fiction was when birds got going for the day. Fourteen years later I still write my fiction at that hour. Turned out that time of day is when my creative energy is at its highest.

When my mom fell ill, I became her personal caregiver. Between taking care of her, raising my toddlers, freelancing, volunteering at various wildlife organizations, and writing my fiction, you could say I was busy. Like guardrail-to-guardrail busy. There were days so rough that as long as I made it home with my kids and purse intact, that was enough.

As a result, I became extremely skilled at managing time and adjusting goals to fit an ever-changing schedule.

Blogging became a lifesaver during these crazy years. I  met people across the world and began to grow a loyal community of readers and fellow writers. I began to share writing tips and lessons I learned during my personal journey. My blog posts attracted curious, eager, aspiring writers looking for inspiration and guidance through the often confusing and intimidating writing realm. From there, my story coaching business bloomed.

With three separate sites dedicated to a variety of writer needs and desires, I spread myself too thin. In the summer of 2017 I began to make some changes—namely combining my business site and my blog so that everything writerly I have to offer is in one helpful place. My e-letter Museletter for Writers is an extension of what you’ll find on my site, with bonus content and chances to win FREE writing help.

My dalliance with my blog inspired a series of coaching posts titled Crafting Story that will motivate you to start writing today. I expanded the posts into a collection of e-books, complete with mini-journals, that encourage writers to take action on their dreams. Check out the series here.

Start with the first book in the series, A Guide for the Emerging Writer, to learn how the power of identifying yourself as a writer will help you commit to your journey from beginning to end, whatever your ultimate destination.

Looking for something a little more proactive? Why not sign up for my FREE writing workshop, How to Fill Your Creative Well! If you have trouble finding story ideas or you hit writer’s blocks, this amazing workshop will help you learn how to find sources of inspiration so that you’re a better & happier writer.

If you’re a writer in active pursuit of your dream, or struggling with the seeming impossibility of the craft, or just not sure how to begin your writing journey, this is the story coaching site for you.

I connect with and inspire writers as a

  • Story coach and book editor who helps writers get from story idea to finished product.

  • Published author whose work can be found in writing guides, anthologies, and newspapers.

  • A working mom who knows how to manage time, increase productivity, and stay deeply connected to my creative center so I will WANT to write every day.

  • Wildlife steward raising awareness about the state of the planet and its precious species.

  • Time Warrior who believes that we MAKE time, not find it.

 

MORE ABOUT ME

Kate Johnston | Author and Story Coach

I’m an award-winning author, published in Wayfaring, Wolf Warriors, Compass PointsThe Greensilk Journal, Northeast Wolf Coalition, and Concord Monitor.  My basic coaching lessons are now available as ebooks for purchase. 

Musefly Writing Studio is my fantasy in the making. Right now, I work from home, in a tiny study with a beautiful view of my backyard and conservation land beyond. I take my business on the road when I can, to public libraries, conference centers, online, and coffee shops. If you’re a writer living in my local area (Dover, NH), you might be interested in my in-person workshops. Email me for more information.

Environmental stewardship is a personal mission of mine, so I founded Writers for Wildlife, a program of Musefly Writing Studio, where I frequently run campaigns to raise funds for various non-profit organizations worldwide. 10% of all my earnings are donated to selected organizations for ongoing biodiversity and conservation protections or emergency relief efforts.

In fact, I recently put together a collection of short stories some of my students wrote, all conservation themed. Proceeds from sales of Dare to be a Voice are donated to non-profit organizations.

Your support of my writing classes, workshops, consultations, and books not only helps a child or adult grow their writing skills but also helps threatened and endangered species across the planet.

Check out the links below to learn more about making writing a successful part of your life!

Have a writerly day!