Writing with your Inner Critic

My inner critic first visited me when I was in junior high school, and she has never left. I christened her ‘Eris’ after I took a mythology course. I thought it was appropriate. If Eris were a character in a novel, I would describe her as a dangerously beautiful pirate, … READ MORE

And You’re a Writer

When someone comes up to me and tells me they’ve been struggling with setting up daily writing habits, committing to a writing practice, or even time management (fitting writing into a busy lifestyle), one of the first questions I will ask: Have you identified yourself as a writer? Identity is … READ MORE

Your Secret Garden of Writing

We all have a story we tell more for our own indulgence or self-help than to entertain others. Sometimes we keep these kinds of stories in journal form, safe from prying eyes. Other times, these kinds of stories seep out to the world when we’re feeling brave and sure. No … READ MORE

Letter to a Young Writer

Dear Young Writer, I can feel the rhythm of your heart pick up when we walk into a bookstore. The light in your eyes reflects goldfoil and gloss, your hands respectful in their discovery of story. You have a dream to be a published author, a real one with real … READ MORE

Your job is simply to be ready

You are on the path you’re supposed to take today. Enjoy today, enjoy the moments for what they are and allow them to bring forth what you need—whether you know what you need or not. Breathe and on your exhale let go of whatever worry is on your mind. Maybe … READ MORE

Gift of the Writing Life

Gift of the Writing Life is an inspirational post written by Kate Johnston | Author & Story Coach to encourage writers to seek out a connection to the natural world to help them forge their path on their writing journey.

This post is about writing and the writing life but more to the point, it’s about spiritual connection with the animal world. Many of you might know about my intensely serious investment in protecting wildlife and wild places. I even started a fundraising page through WWF. Also, I’m in the midst … READ MORE

Why do Writers Write?

Why do writers write, especially when writing is so difficult? Read this post by Kate Johnston |Author & Story Coach to learn the reasons you write to help you be productive and joyful on your writing journey.

Understanding your purpose as a writer is one of the most important offensive strategies you can take on your journey. Why do writers write? The reasons abound, and if you want to be productive and joyful as you write, then you should figure out your reason. First, it’s important to … READ MORE

The Truth About Writing Magic

Do you feel like you missed out on writing magic? Read this post by Kate Johnston | Author & Story Coach to learn how to ignite writing magic in your life so you can feel fulfilled and inspired on your writing journey.

Seems to me the best reason to write is because we want to create something no one else has read, seen, or heard before. Essentially making the unreal real. Writing magic. But writers often fumble and stumble along the way, and soon, that desire to create writing magic fades like … READ MORE

A Writer’s Field Notes ~ Autumn

My son’s middle school had Open House last week, and one of his teachers told us that, every Monday, he asks the kids to tell him about something beautiful that happened over the weekend. Note that: something beautiful. Not, “Tell me about your weekend.” Rather, “Tell me something beautiful.” He … READ MORE