Two Steps to Get to Know Your Story

Before you get started writing your book, it’s a good idea to acquaint yourself with the story you want to tell. Now, I will say that this might feel anti-climactic for you spontaneous pantsers out there, but just hear me out. Knowing the story you want to write does not … READ MORE

Why a positive creativity mindset is so important

A positive creativity mindset is so important because it affects how you’re able to show up to your writer (creative) self, how you allow or disallow creative energy to flow through you, and the state of your creative self. We hear a lot about obstacles such as writer’s block, “no … READ MORE

Why You Need Structure in Your Story

Storytelling is an organic process. For that reason, each story evolves in different ways and at different paces depending on the nature of the story and the story teller. This means you’re facing both an easy and a difficult situation. Easy because that means you are free to tell the … READ MORE

When a Writing Routine isn’t Essential

When a Writing Routine Isn't Essential | Kate Johnston | Writing Coach | Editor

Last week my family went on vacation. This is fairly unusual in that it was a non-working vacation. I did not bring my laptop or any writing material. I brought a book. To read. For pleasure. Very, very unusual. As a freelance writer + editor with no staff to pawn … READ MORE

Natural Writing Forces + Productivity

Natural Writing Forces and Writing Productivity | Kate Johnston | Writing Coach | Editor

What does being a more productive writer mean to you? To be a more productive writer, you need to know WHAT that means in relation to your current circumstances. What you would like to see change? What would you like to maintain? Think about who you are as a person, … READ MORE

Four Key Components to a Good Story

Four Key Components to a Good Story | Kate Johnston | Writing Coach | Editor

How do I turn a story idea into a story that people would want to read? So you have an idea and you wonder if it might make a good story. You play around with it, dress it up and take it out for coffee. You talk it over with … READ MORE

Curiosity Makes Writers

Curiosity Makes Writers | Kate Johnston | Writing Coach | Editor

Curiosity is a live wire. Touch it, and sparks fly. Leave it alone, and you forget it’s there. Trust me, writers want the sparks to fly. Pay attention to what arouses your curiosity, explore the possibilities, wonder and ask questions. This is how writers begin. This is how they find … READ MORE

The Gift of Inspiration

It’s almost three months since writers reached the finish line of NaNoWriMo. If you participated, what have you done {with your NaNo project} since? Some writers ignore the “deadline” of November 30th, and keep writing. Others heave a huge sigh of relief, save their latest draft (you did save your … READ MORE

The Road to Writing Hell

“The road to writing hell is paved with procrastination.” I said this the other night to some writing buddies when we were talking about how hard it is to finish a manuscript. Philip Roth had once said, “The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress,” and while this is true, … READ MORE