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

How to find your best writing practices

Do you know which writing practices work best for you? Read this post by Kate Johnston | Author & Story Coach to learn how to examine your fundamental writing forces, intention, and sense of fulfillment to build your best writing practices.

There are writing practices, and then there are YOUR writing practices. If you were to jump on the internet right this second and Google “How to write a novel in three months” you would actually get hits, lots of hits, on this very subject. According to Google, there are a … READ MORE

Why Failure Can Help You Become a Better Writer

If you let failure turn you away from your dream to write, consider this post by Kate Johnston | Author & Story Coach where she explains why failure can actually help you become a better writer and lead you to success.

Writers who are new to the craft don’t understand that failure leads to success. The fact is that no writer gets it right the first time out of the gate, but for some reason the fear of failure compels beginning writers to give up. Many actually give up before they … READ MORE

How to Beat Writer’s Block

Do you suffer from writer's block? Learn how to beat writer's block in this post by Kate Johnston | Author & Story Coach

Writer’s block is a fancy-schmancy term for getting stuck. It is a misnomer, and it’s time we take our power back and beat writer’s block. Writers, being somewhat eccentric and moody, vulnerable to imaginary worlds and people that actually exist in their work, accidentally gave getting stuck power when they named it … 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

5 Tips for Developing a Strategic Plan

Do you have trouble sticking with goals? Do you want to be more productive with your writing? Check out this post by Kate Johnston | Author & Story Coach on 5 Tips for Developing a Strategic Plan to help you respond and take action on your goals and move forward with your writing goals.

  As a goal-oriented person, I am a big believer in checklists and assigned tasks/projects with deadlines. But traditional goal-setting never worked well for me. I need to have a core reason to get things done, something that answers to my life purpose. My search for a personalized, targeted system … 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

Writers, this Super Bowl is for us

  Super Bowl LI between NE Patriots and Atlanta Falcons will long be known as the “greatest comeback ever in Super Bowl history.” I stayed up for it, which for a working mom who gets up at 4 am is a HUGE feat. Certain family members of mine lost heart … READ MORE