Who is the Best Character to Tell the Story?

Point of view (POV) is a course in itself. Seriously. There are so many facets to think about with point of view – and many of them must be decided before you even begin to write your book. Telling your story from the WRONG POV is very easy to do. … READ MORE

What is Happening in Your Opening Scene?

A scene is a unit of storytelling. It incorporates all major elements: action, character, setting, inner story, voice, narrative thrust. If your opening scene is lacking or weak in any of those elements, then your story is in danger of being uninteresting, passive, slow. It just doesn’t grab the reader. … READ MORE

Narrative Thrust — why readers turn pages

Narrative thrust is what drives the reader to keep reading. If your story is weak in this area, then readers won’t be interested enough to stay with the story. Narrative thrust involves all the elements of storytelling: action, setting, voice, theme, description, conflict, dialogue, character, point of view. Measure out … READ MORE

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

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

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

Do you want to make the time to write?

Do you want to make time to write? Intentional writers need to plan time to write to be successful. Read this post on Kate Johnston | Author & Story Coach to find out why making time to write is one of the toughest choices for writers to make.

About 12 years ago, I began to write at 4:00 in the mornings because of my youngest child’s sleeping troubles. Back then, I was inconvenienced and annoyed. Eventually, though, I realized I had unwittingly stumbled upon the magical time of day to write (for me). My creativity responded to these … READ MORE

Characteristics of a Writer

Writers fall somewhere on the spectrum between Exploratory and Intentional. Read the post to find out what kind of writer you are.

A couple of writing pals of mine once got into a debate over whether to characterize a mutual friend as a writer. She penned a novel-length journal of her summers with her grandmother. She had no intention of publishing the material or sharing it with anyone. She merely wanted to … READ MORE

Writers, the best ideas don’t come from a store

Finding information is all the rage with the ease and power and fun of technology. Any time we need an answer to a question, if no one knows it off the top of their heads, someone will shout, “Google it!” and multiple devices light up with action. When I worked … READ MORE