FIRE UP YOUR WRITING PRACTICE
A course to help you connect your writer self and your real-world self for optimum creativity and productivity so that you can stay committed to your writing journey.
How can I find the time?
I don’t even know how to write a story.
I’ve tried writing a story before, and I always lose interest midway.
I see other writers on Insta bragging about their progress. Who are these people who can write a book in thirty days???
My friends don’t believe I’d make it as a writer.
I’ll never be as good as my favorite authors.
I’ve been absent from my writing dream for too long—what’s the point?
Writer’s block always hits and I can never finish my stories.
You start thinking this is a pipe dream.
You were barely inspired by a story idea and already you believe you can’t make it happen.
Now, imagine this . . .
You create a comfortable and inspirational writing habitat.
You commit to a regular writing schedule based on when your creativity flows best.
You choose to grow your skills so you can improve your craft.
The pledge you made to your writer self echoes in your mind every time you start doubting.
The mindset journaling you do every day helps you learn more about your
strengths, habits, personality traits, values, and challenges.
You find your creative groove and take advantage of it to move forward in your writing journey.
You build a team of supporters who you can lean on when things get tough.
You ditch comparison-itis for self-confidence and authentic purpose.
Writer’s block is merely an obstacle that you learn to overcome using your strengths.
You feel amazing every time you honor your creative center.
Kicking your writing dream into reality is happening for you—every day.
In other words—you’ve taken the preliminary steps to make writing a part of your life.
THIS IS NOT A PIPE DREAM.
This kind of confidence, inspired action, creative nourishment is available to you. It can be your reality every day.
I can testify to it because I discovered how to access my creative zone every day, and it has changed my life.
For too long, I struggled with lack of confidence in my writer self.
I blocked my progress with limiting beliefs.
I let people tell me I wasn’t a good enough writer.
I quit my journey.
I threw away dozens of writing projects.
I told myself other things were more important.
I took negative feedback personally.
I WANTED TO STOP RESISTING AND START MOVING FORWARD ON MY WRITING JOURNEY
When I became more conscious and nurturing of my own creative center, I wanted to take my writing journey more seriously.
I could no longer ignore the shame I felt for downplaying my creative impulses, for quitting on my writer self. I decided to make a dedicated pivot in my life.
I developed a creative system where I explored my natural writing forces to help shine a light on my strengths, habits, personality traits, and values that boosted my inclination and determination to write—no matter what life threw at me.
Now I teach these same principles and strategies to writers just like you, who are looking to fire up their writing practices so they can move forward on their writing journey and reach their personal finish lines.
My coaching technique takes each writer's individual habits, values, strengths, and desires into account to help them find the practice that works best for them.
My personalized creative approach gets to the heart of what makes a writer a writer—and how we can use that information to commit to our journeys, regardless of experience, skill, goals, or practices.
The lessons in this course will guide you from the place where you are starting and lead you to where you want to go. No two writers are alike, likewise no two journeys are alike. You will learn how you can make the most of your natural writing forces so that you can develop your own best practices that will sustain you from day to day.
This course is filled with information to keep you grounded, yet inspired, as you cultivate a system that feels good to you.
This is a process of shedding the limiting beliefs and fear so that you can get to writing and move forward on your journey.
I want to support you in your writing journey so that you can kick your dream into reality and feel GOOD about your path.
MY COURSE WILL HELP YOU BREAK FREE FROM LIMITING BELIEFS AND FEAR TO FIND JOY AND CONFIDENCE ON YOUR WRITING JOURNEY.
fire up your writing practice
Clarify every aspect of your personal writing practice so that you can write with confidence and finish that writing project!
This course will help you …
- -find and develop story ideas so you aren’t worrying about “what do I write next?”
- -network with like-minded individuals so you can build a support system
- -be more productive so you can make progress and be accountable to your writing
- -hone your skills so you can become a better and happier writer
- -write with confidence, joy, and a little bit of ferocity so you can BELIEVE you’re a writer
- -enhance your writing practice with deep-dive exercises
- -plan and prepare to manage your schedule so you can “make” time to write
I developed this course specifically with writers in mind who want to start an authentic, skill-based, heart-centered writing journey. Even if you’ve already begun, FIRE UP YOUR WRITING PRACTICE can act as a refresher course or a helping hand when things start feeling a bit dizzying and unwieldy.
“Working with Kate was an absolute pleasure. She was able to exceed every expectation on two separate projects within a short time frame, and is incredibly responsive and flexible in her communication and approach. Kate would be a valuable asset on any writing project, and has earned my heartfelt recommendation.”
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“I have thoroughly enjoyed learning and taking Kate’s class, The Write Track. I wish it was longer than the six weeks – it has motivated me to keep writing. Her calm presence and encouragement are invigorating to me. I worked with a writing coach previously and although I loved the “homework” pieces she assigned, I never made any progress on my own writing. Kate is totally invested in whatever piece is before her – and I must add how thoughtful she is.” – Katherine Pixley, student of an in-person workshop, The Write Track.
"Kate is a highly skilled writer and editor who is hard-working and completely dedicated." Beth Murrell
BREAKDOWN OF LESSONS
Lesson #1 – CURIOSITY MAKES A WRITER
Understand the mythic pools of curiosity and learn why it is a vital tool to pack for your journey, and how to use it to effectively start or recharge your writing practice.
Create a writer’s portfolio to log your ideas so that you can later develop them into stories that you can’t resist working on.
Lesson #2 - WHAT IS YOUR DESTINATION?
Learn the “secret” to starting your writing journey and why it will help you stay committed to your goals no matter what obstacles you come up against.
You will learn why planning a course of action from a starting point to a goal will keep you calm, committed, and focused as you develop new strategies.
Lesson #3 – DO YOUR WRITING PRACTICES WORK FOR YOU?
Learn about my signature coaching system based on natural writing forces and how you can apply my strategies to support you on your journey.
Build strategies for goal-setting, time management, and productivity by applying your natural writing forces to your daily routine so that you are less likely to suffer from burn-out, overwhelm, or shiny object syndrome!
Lesson #4 – TIME MANAGEMENT
Learn the number-one tactic to managing your time so that you don’t stress out while maintaining productivity.
Conquer your struggles over “not finding time” so that writing is a normal—and joyful—part of your daily routine.
Lesson #5 – THE WRITER’S PLEDGE
Decide on a target date for completing your first official project to help you stay accountable to your craft.
Pledge your commitment to your journey as a way of honoring your creativity and a willingness to grow and improve so that you can be the best writer you can be.
Lesson #6 – DISCOVERING YOUR WRITER SELF
Learn ways to tap into your writer self so that you can use and APPLY that center of creative energy where your stories are rumbling.
Knowledge might be powerful, but application of knowledge will make you unstoppable. Learn the differences between your real-world and writer selves so that you can build a practice that uses the strengths and values of both.
Lesson #7 – WHY ARE YOU ON THIS JOURNEY?
We’ll talk about how knowing your purpose as a writer will help you mark the path that is right for you and HOW you can follow it to reach your writing dreams.
Discover the key ingredients to a writer’s purpose, how yours measures up, and ways you can tweak your writing practice to match your purpose.
Lesson #8 – WHY THIS STORY?
Learn why working on the wrong project can create limiting beliefs, and how to tell if you’re working on the best possible one.
Discover why you might be lacking interest in your project and how to overcome that obstacle and others like it so that you don’t lose faith in your writing ability and give up.
Lesson #9 – HOW TO FIGHT FEAR
Learn the power of fear and practical action steps to fight fear so that you forge ahead with your craft no matter what you’re up against.
Build your fear-fighting skills with some creative possibilities that focus on positivity, self-belief, and work ethic—all important elements of a solid writing practice.
Lesson #10 – WHAT WILL I DO TODAY?
Plan out your choices and paths so that when you hit an obstacle, you can detour or “choose again” instead of quitting or giving up or losing faith in your ability.
Learn why positive creativity mindset is at the foundation of a successful writing journey and how you can strengthen your mindset every single day so that you meet your goals, finish your projects, hone your skills, and be the best writer you can be.
Lesson #11 – REVIEW AND PLAN
Take some time to review the information, questions, and ideas in the previous lessons. Reflect on anything new that you’ve learned. Use this opportunity to outline a writing practice that feels good to you right now and challenge yourself to take action on your writing practice so that you can forge ahead with your writing dreams.
“Kate is an incredible editor and big-picture problem solver. She has been reading my drafts for years. I trust her completely to tell me what's working and what's not - and her turn-around is impressive!
I published my first novel with Simon and Schuster in June 2018 and you'll see in my acknowledgements that Kate was instrumental in getting that first draft off the ground. Even now, Kate is still one of my first readers, offering editorial advice before the draft goes to a NYC editor at a big publishing house. Just last week, when I was having trouble nailing my premise, she read my manuscript and was able to assess and ask the questions that led me to find the missing links in the story. Kate then followed up with a phone call that lasted over an hour, until finally, we could articulate the real heart of the story. As a direct result, my agent gave the green light and we are moving forward again.”
--Amy Makechnie, author, The Unforgettable Guinevere St. Clair, Simon and Schuster
“After meeting Kate in a local writing group, I was struck right away with the quality of Kate’s writing and with the obvious care and thought that she put into her feedback. Subsequently, I asked Kate if she would edit my travel book.
Kate performed that job with the same care and thoroughness that she had put into her own writing and into her work with our writing group. Her recommendations always produced improvement, and my book was measurably better for her efforts. I would recommend her as an editor and writing coach without reservation.”
-- Tony Cappasso, author of Historic Route 1 in Maine, and author of two ebooks Eating Dante: A Culinary Adventure and America’s Highway: A Journal of Discovery along US Route 1.
YOU CAN EXPECT TO LEARN HOW TO:
-Tap into your writer self in order to foster a strong and healthy writing practice so that you can work peacefully and in tune with how you work best (your natural writing forces).
-Motivate yourself through writer’s block, rejection dejection, and low-vibe creativity mindset to help you spark your creativity so that you love what you write and write what you love and BELIEVE that you are a writer.
-Hook into your purpose, so that you can tap into that high-vibe creative energy anytime you are feeling a lack of confidence or joy.
-Manage your triggers, moods, strengths, weaknesses, and habits so that you can put the ones that foster your creativity to use—and discover which forces hinder your writing productivity levels so that you can learn how to silence or banish them to help you stay focused and disciplined on your writing journey.
-Make time to write so that you discover your most effective methods for fitting your writing into a hectic, unpredictable schedule without feeling the overwhelm or pressure.
-Discover the story that inspires you now through a clear understanding of your natural writing forces so that you can stay focused and disciplined throughout the entire storycrafting process and complete your projects.
-Tackle fear, limiting beliefs, and low-vibe creativity mindset through guided meditation and journaling so that you can rise up, see your worth, and write with confidence, joy, and rumbling creativity.
Learning the fundamentals of a writing journey is empowering! I want to help you harness that power by offering advice, tools, and ideas that you can mix and match and modify to implement practices that will work best for you and your writing journey.
Note: This course is open-ended so you may complete it at your own pace, review, and repeat at any time. Please use my suggestions in this course as a starting point, to inspire you, but modify and personalize them to fit your specific needs and goals.
OVERVIEW & STRUCTURE
The lessons and follow-up assignments can be studied sequentially or not, depending on how you process information best. They are self-paced, which means you can take as little or as much time exploring the observations and notes, journaling your responses, and following through on the action steps.
11 lessons – a study of a particular focal point all writers need to consider as part of the journey; these lessons are designed so that you can modify and apply them in the most effective way for you.
Writing prompt/Writing activity — prompts, journals, and activities to enhance the theme of the lessons; these action steps will help you make concrete decisions for your project(s) so that you can make progress and stay accountable on your journey.
Videos and downloadable material - mini journals, videos, meditations, and other documents are supplied to support you as you begin to tap into your writer self and learn the most effective strategies for your writing practice.
Personal analysis of your writing – you are given the opportunity to submit brief excerpts of your work for specific feedback by me.
Facebook group - join my free Facebook group for added support and accountability.
Bonus offer upon completion of course - your journey doesn’t stop at the end of this course, and neither does my coaching support. Be sure to complete the lessons to be eligible for a bonus offer!
Discussion — each lesson includes a discussion area where you can share your thoughts and reactions to the daily writing and activities, as well as excerpts of your writing. Sharing is always optional.
ABOUT YOUR COACH
KATE JOHNSTON was born on Cape Cod, and raised in rural New Hampshire where nature and wildlife stirred her imagination. She knew she wanted to be a professional writer when she was about seven years old and wrote a story about a good wolf.
Married with two children, she writes fiction at four in the morning, the best time of day for writing without interruptions. Her work can be found in Wayfaring, Compass Points: Stories from Seacoast Authors, The Greensilk Journal, Wolf Warriors, Concord Monitor, Northeast Wolf Coalition, and her blog.
A published author, Kate runs a story coaching business where she helps aspiring authors navigate the often confusing and intimidating writing journey by teaching them how to tap into their natural writing forces so they can write successfully with confidence, joy, and rumbling creativity.
She teaches creative writing to kids in after-school enrichment programs and has published a fundraising book project called Dare to be a Voice, featuring local students’ short fiction focusing on environmental issues. All proceeds from sales of Dare to be a Voice are donated to non-profit organizations.
Her motivational coaching style inspired her Crafting Story series, writing guides that prove all it takes to be a successful writer is belief, hard work, heart, and a little bit of ferocity.
Kate lives in Dover, New Hampshire with her husband, two children, an English setter, two cats, and assorted wildlife. She loves to read, explore nature, watch Disney films, bake ooey-gooey desserts, and stick up for endangered wilderness. And purposely write fragments.
= BEST VALUE =
- Access to private Facebook writing group
- Personal feedback on your writing
- Bonus offer upon completion of course
- 15-day money back guarantee
= 6 MONTHLY PAYMENTS =
- Access to private Facebook writing group
- Personal feedback on your writing
- Bonus offer upon completion of course
- 15-day money back guarantee
ARE YOU READY
TO MOVE FORWARD
Fire Up Your Writing Practice is a great type of survival guide for you if you’re willing to work hard, make sacrifices, and strive to learn and grow. Take my lessons and modify them to your heart’s content to create your own personal best writing practices.
If you would like to join me, there is zero risk and a 15-day money back guarantee.
As soon as you join, you will have lifetime access to the course materials, including everything added in the future.
Fire Up Your Writing Practice is hosted on the Teachable platform.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts as soon as you register. It is a self-paced online course. The lessons can be studied in any order you like and you can take as long as you like from one lesson to the next.
How long do I have access to the course?
After registering, you have unlimited access to the course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. You can also download the materials to your own computer so you can keep them offline.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I want you to find value in this course. If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 15 days and I'll give you a full refund. Just email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Is the course useful for people writing in all genres?
This course will help all fiction and non-fiction writers.