Three Superpowers You Need to Get You Writing

Every writer has three superpowers they can use to get writing today. Read this post by Kate Johnston | Author & Story Coach to learn those three writing superpowers and how you can put them to use on your writing journey.

Since I was a child, I had a wild, unexplained yearning to create stories with imaginary people and animals. In fact, when I wrote a story about a good wolf (think I was seven or eight years old), I felt like I had a superpower. I’d just created a story … READ MORE

How to use plan and action to achieve goals

Strategic goals are an essential element to being productive—even for creatives. You will make progress if you have a strategy propelling your actions + decisions. Read this 4-part blog series by Kate Johnston | Author & Story Coach on Marching toward Goal Achievement.

Welcome back to the final post in my 4-part series on goal setting. The main point behind setting goals is to help us be more productive and to move forward on whatever path we choose. Today we’re talking about how to use plan and action to help you achieve your … READ MORE

How to Create a Goal Schedule

Strategic goals are an essential element to being productive—even for creatives. You will make progress if you have a strategy propelling your actions + decisions. Read this 4-part blog series by Kate Johnston | Author & Story Coach on Marching toward Goal Achievement.

Welcome to the third post in my 4-part series on Marching Toward Goal Achievement. Last week we talked about why goals fail and how to create a savvy goal and turn it into an ass-kicking machine. This week I want to show you how to plug those goals into a … READ MORE

Why Do Some Goals Fail?

Strategic goals are an essential element to being productive—even for creatives. You will make progress if you have a strategy propelling your actions + decisions. Read this 4-part blog series by Kate Johnston | Author & Story Coach on Marching toward Goal Achievement.

Have you ever set a goal or made a new year’s resolution where you were pumped and excited at first, then your momentum fizzled out and you lost interest in your end goal? This happens to the best of us! Some goals fail because they don’t meet five necessary conditions … READ MORE

Marching Toward Goal Achievement

Strategic goals are an essential element to being productive—even for creatives. You will make progress if you have a strategy propelling your actions + decisions. Read this 4-part blog series by Kate Johnston | Author & Story Coach on Marching toward Goal Achievement.

Welcome to my 4-part blog series on Marching toward Goal Achievement. Strategic goals are an essential element to being productive—even for creatives. You will make progress if you have a strategy propelling your actions + decisions. My Goal Story I’m a typical hibernator during this time of year. I love … READ MORE

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

Three Major Internal Writing Forces

Internal writing forces determine your writing process and they can be modified to help you be more productive and happier. Read this post by Kate Johnston | Author & Story Coach to learn how you can use your most effective writing forces to their fullest potential.

Natural writing forces are always at work, whether you know what they’re up to or not. They determine what time of day you prefer to write. If you finish your projects. Whether you turn to Facebook when the writing isn’t going well. If you let fear stand in your way. … READ MORE

How to find your best writing practices

Do you know which writing practices work best for you? Read this post by Kate Johnston | Author & Story Coach to learn how to examine your fundamental writing forces, intention, and sense of fulfillment to build your best writing practices.

There are writing practices, and then there are YOUR writing practices. If you were to jump on the internet right this second and Google “How to write a novel in three months” you would actually get hits, lots of hits, on this very subject. According to Google, there are a … READ MORE