Is Your Inciting Incident Strong Enough?

A catalyst for change, the Inciting Incident must be strong enough to launch your protagonist out of their Current World through a Call to Action they cannot deny. Is your Inciting Incident doing the job it needs to do to crack open your protagonist’s comfort zone and push them into … READ MORE

Four Ways to Decide if You Should Show or Tell

Show, don’t Tell is a common guideline authors hear over and over. But does this mean you should never “tell”? No, of course not, but it does mean we have to figure out the best places in our writing where “telling” is better than “showing” and vice versa. In this … READ MORE

Six Must-Haves that Belong in Your First Page

Your first page needs to contain six must-have factors that pull readers into the story and propel them to turn the page. In this blog post I’ll discuss the six things you need in your first page to create a strong story opening so that you have a better chance … READ MORE

Drop the Writer’s Guilt

Writing while under stress may cause more stress. Don’t spend energy on guilt for not writing. In this blog post I talk about why giving yourself permission to not write is helpful in alleviating the guilt and what you can do with your writer-self so that you can make a … READ MORE

Two Steps to Get to Know Your Story

Before you start writing your book, it’s a good idea to acquaint yourself with the story you want to tell. This may make you think you can’t freely explore your story, but this is actually a great way to get to know your story better so you can write it … READ MORE

Why a positive creativity mindset is so important

Nurturing a positive creativity mindset is one of the most important aspects of a successful creative life. Staying positive affects how you’re able to show up to your writer self, how you allow or disallow creative energy to flow through you, and the state of your creative self. In today’s … READ MORE

Why You Need Structure in Your Story

There’s resistance swirling around out there about story structure, so writers avoid it like the plague. This is too bad as structure can be the difference between the story you love and the story your audience loves. In today’s blog post I’m going to share my take on why you … READ MORE

When a Writing Routine isn’t Essential

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

Writing routines are a beautiful way to help keep us motivated and on task. However, what happens if you can’t stick to your routine? Do you  just not write? In today’s article I talk about my personal experience without my precious writing routine, the benefits to a writing routine,  why … READ MORE

Natural Writing Forces + Productivity

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

Writing productivity is directly affected by your Natural Writing Forces, the traits, habits, strengths, limiting beliefs, and values that you bring to your creative life. In today’s blog post I discuss how you can tap into and develop your personal Natural Writing Forces so that you can increase your productivity. … READ MORE

Four Key Components to a Good Story

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

It’s not always easy to know how to turn a story idea into a story that other people will enjoy. You loved writing it, but is it something that would be considered a “good story” by other people? In today’s article I am sharing four key components that will help … READ MORE