Writing Inspiration from Childhood Memories

I grew up in a somewhat idyllic, magical setting—by my standards. When I was about two years old, my parents bought a gorgeous three-story Federal-style brick house with an attached barn. The property included a sprawling wildflower meadow, a fruit orchard, woods, and a pond large enough for kayaking and … READ MORE

Gift of the Writing Life

Gift of the Writing Life is an inspirational post written by Kate Johnston | Author & Story Coach to encourage writers to seek out a connection to the natural world to help them forge their path on their writing journey.

This post is about writing and the writing life but more to the point, it’s about spiritual connection with the animal world. Many of you might know about my intensely serious investment in protecting wildlife and wild places. I even started a fundraising page through WWF. Also, I’m in the midst … READ MORE

How You can Achieve your Writing Goals and be a More Productive Writer

This how to become a more productive writer essay shows that you can achieve your writing goals and be a more productive writer as long as you know under which conditions you work best, which she refers to as natural writing forces. Here’s how you can be a more productive writer

Deadlines, goals, accountability, and schedules can all play important roles toward helping you become a more productive writer. But if you are having trouble achieving your goals or meeting deadlines, then it might be because you don’t know how to effectively work in certain situations. Every writer has a unique … READ MORE

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