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 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

Why gratitude can help you lead a more joyful creative journey

Using Gratitude for a Joyful Creative Journey | Kate Johnston | Writing Coach | Editor

Gratitude is an amazing technique that can be one of the most beneficial ways to enjoy your creative life. When we are thankful then we are in receiving mode. This means we can receive more time, more inspiration, more readers, more reviews, more success! In this blog post I’m sharing … 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

How to start a writing project with confidence

Hey, I know it’s so much more fun to just sit at our computers or huddle in with our notebooks and just dive into the story. But if your intention is to write with any kind of end-goal then it will serve you better to at least plan out the … READ MORE

Why do writers have trouble forming a writing habit?

A writing habit is one of the best methods you can form to help you stay committed to your writing journey, but why do writers have such trouble with making writing a habit? Today I’m discussing five excuses writers use to explain why they can’t form a writing habit and … READ MORE

Why You Struggle with Time Management

Why you struggle with time management | Kate Johnston | Writing Coach

If you’re struggling with time management or productivity, take back your control by starting with writing something every day. The keyword is “something” — as generic a word that is. Something could be a journal entry, a poem, a dream, a blog post, a conversation overheard in the coffee shop, … READ MORE

How to use plan and action to achieve goals

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