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

Why You Can’t Balance Your Writing Life

One of the biggest mistakes writers make is their ongoing search for balance in their writing life. Balance doesn’t exist, not in the sense that we need it to. You see, balance requires control. We humans cannot control anything externally, much less internally, and when we try, bad things happen. … READ MORE

Writers, Losing Just Means You Have Another Chance to Win

Last week, I wrote a post about what lessons Super Bowl LI can teach writers. I wrote it from the perspective of a comeback, which was the most noticeable take-away for me. I’ve quit this field before, for personal reasons, not the least of which was severe, debilitating self-doubt. But … 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

What happened when I didn’t want to write anymore

Sometimes we don't want to write anymore, but if you figure out your purpose you will find the heart to write again. Read this post by Kate Johnston | Author & Story Coach to hear what she has to say about what happened when she didn't want to write anymore.

The morning is murky blue-black. The snow-covered ground shimmers under the moonlight. I am awake at my usual hour but having trouble writing. Again. Eighth day in a row. I take my coffee to the window and study the crooked silhouette of the apple tree, branches shattered by the storm. In … READ MORE