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

The Gift of Inspiration

It’s almost three months since writers reached the finish line of NaNoWriMo. If you participated, what have you done {with your NaNo project} since? Some writers ignore the “deadline” of November 30th, and keep writing. Others heave a huge sigh of relief, save their latest draft (you did save your … READ MORE

Are you too tired to create?

In my world, mid-October kicks off weeks—really, months—of seemingly endless activities, responsibilities, obligations, tasks, and busy work. I won’t come up for air until the end of January. Because this has been my story for years, I have been able to figure out some strategies to help me stay on … READ MORE

How to Write with Intention

Setting intentions is a powerful tool for helping writers achieve happiness and fulfillment. Intentions provide us with insight to our writer self’s values, aspirations, and purpose. In this blog post, I’ll discuss what an intention is, how to set one every day, and why setting intentions will help us move … READ MORE

My Top Three Creativity Enforcers

Creativity is a force within us that is susceptible to external energies. The benefit to this relationship is that we can shape and develop our creativity based on our actions, behavior, and mindset. The drawback to this relationship is that we can shape and develop our creativity based on our … READ MORE

Writing with your Inner Critic

Writing with your inner critic | Kate Johnston | Writing Coach | Editor

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