Who is the Best Character to tell the Story?

Approaches to Storycraft

Point of view (POV) is a course in itself. Seriously. There are so many facets to think about with point of view – and many of them must be decided before you even begin to write your book.

Telling your story from the WRONG POV is very easy to do.

Imagine writing an entire manuscript in the wrong POV? All your scenes, all your
narrative, everything that happens won’t work. Your story will lack tension and conflict. The POV character’s goals or motivations will be weak or uninteresting. Your story’s pace will be sluggish and unfocused. The setting, description, and inner story will all be affected because the wrong character is giving us the
information–likely information that your reader doesn’t need or care about.

How do we get started on figuring out the best POV for our stories?

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Two Tricks to Unblock Writer’s Block

Approaches to Storycraft

Hey there, Writers!

Popping in with a mini-post on WRITER’S BLOCK for y’all! This is one of my lessons from my FREE writing course How to Fill Your Creative Well. I’m sharing with you because it’s valuable advice for any writer at any part of the journey that they can use anytime!

Read on —-


Writer’s block happens when your creative well is not full enough of ideas, creative energy, or inspiration.

The worst response a writer can have is to worry about this obstacle. Don’t fret over what to write next, or how to write what you want to write, or start thinking you’re a terrible writer.

Instead, try one of these two tricks:

1. Spend your day learning something new. 

2. Spend your day enjoying an old favorite pastime.

If you choose # 1, learning something new, you are filling your creative well with adventure and discovery, you’re solving a mystery, answering a question, crafting a new character or setting or conflict.

If you opt for # 2, enjoying an old favorite pastime, then you are filling your creative well with comfort + familiarity. You are connecting to your conscience, your heart, and your soul. You are taking time away from the pressures of performing and reminding yourself of those things in your life that genuinely move and enchant you. Going back to your roots, where the love of writing first took seed.


For more ideas on how to bust through writer’s block or other tips to help you on your writing journey, check out my FREE writing course –> How to Fill Your Creative Well.

Have a writerly day!

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 the Marching toward goals blog series by Kate Johnston | Author and Story Coach to learn how can use create a successful goal planning system.

Marching Toward Goals Blog Series

Approaches to Storycraft

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.

In my 4-part blog series on Marching Toward Goal Achievement, you will learn the “sweet spot” in a goal strategy, the definition of a Goal Tier, why some goals fail, the no-fail goal schedule, and how to grow your goals for maximum productivity.

Wrapping all of these lessons together is your natural writing forces — how your own real-world and writer selves work. Knowing under what conditions you work best will help you set goals that make sense and are “growable” for maximum productivity and wins.

WEEK ONE

The “Sweet Spot” in a Goal Strategy

 

WEEK TWO

Why Do Some Goals Fail?

 

WEEK THREE

How to Create a Goal Schedule

 

WEEK FOUR

How to Use Plan and Action to Achieve Goals

 

Check out the posts and let me know how you’re managing your goal plan!

Have a writerly day!

Looking for a story coach or a freelance writer? Check out Kate Johnston's coaching site for fair, reasonable, and skilled writing help.

4amWriter is Saying Goodbye

Branding, Platform, and Community

Happy New Year! I hope everyone is feeling rested and energized and ready for a great 2018!

As for me, I am ready to move onward & upward.

4amWriter.com is retiring. I will be shutting its doors officially in March, and I’ve been slowly moving my content to a new home.

Since 2012, 4amWriter.com has been my stomping grounds, a place where I have made astounding and unforgettable comrades-in-pens.

I am an introvert and quite shy, so putting myself out there, on an alien-like platform called a “blog,” was an interesting, um, feat. Over time, blogging boosted my confidence and sharpened my writing, editing, and communication skills. I learned a tremendous amount about my real-world self, my writing self, and how to partner the two harmoniously.

Blogging blessed me with the opportunity to help other writers, and that is how my story coaching business bloomed. I discovered that I’m pretty good at giving constructive feedback on writing, content editing, inspiring writers at all points of their journeys, coming up with new & fresh ideas to make writing an active part of life, and building strategies to help writers begin, stick with, and finish their projects.

Many clients found me through blogging, some of whom only needed help on a solitary issue while others have needed ongoing support. I began a series of blog posts entitled Writer…Uninterrupted, which generated a lot of questions and requests for more information, to the point I decided to expand the blog posts into e-books, with more in-depth guidance and mini-journals. Those, in turn, spurred me to create and teach multiple writing workshops in my local area, all based on the original blog posts.

While I also write a monthly e-letter, run fundraising campaigns, manage several writing groups, host writing contests–I want to do so much more! And this WP.com site is not equipped to handle everything I want to offer.

Unveiling … *cue trumpets*

Looking for a story coach or a freelance writer? Check out Kate Johnston's coaching site for fair, reasonable, and skilled writing help.

My new business website, Kate Johnston | Author & Story Coach, is on a more robust platform that will allow me to provide value to my audience — you sweet-ums.

Here is what you can expect from me:

A blog post once a week, typically Mondays.

I will be blogging about all things writing that will be a healthy mix of informational and inspirational value-packed content. I always take requests! So if there is something you are specifically struggling with or wanting to know more about, share it in the comments below (along with your pizza, of course), and I’ll be happy to oblige.

I would love to continue seeing your friendly faces and conversations over at my new blogging headquarters. You will have to re-subscribe if you want email notifications of my blog posts. There are embedded forms on every page at the bottom where I mention something about blogging and pizza…?… I dunno, just fill in one of those forms if you’d like to receive notifications of my blog posts.

A FREE online course to help writers find ideas and inspiration every single day. (Coming soon!)

A monthly e-letter that I’d love for you to subscribe to: Museletter for Writers.

Sign up for story coach Kate Johnston's Museletter for Writers for actionable writing tips and value-packed content

I promise to not spam you, because that’s uncouth, and you can unsubscribe at any time. Inside each monthly e-letter you will find a little ditty by moi, focused on a writing-real world conundrum and what I have found has worked for me. I share my discoveries in hopes of helping you, too!

Other topics of interest include a writing tip, announcements of any local or online courses/workshops I’m offering, special bonuses or deals on my products & services, and a brief news announcement of a current environmental issue. (Related to my fundraising program, Writers for Wildlife, which supports various non-profit organizations worldwide. 10% of all my earnings are donated to selected organizations for ongoing biodiversity and conservation protections or emergency relief efforts. Your support of my writing classes, workshops, consultations, and books not only helps a child or adult grow their writing skills but also helps threatened and endangered species across the planet.)

To subscribe to Museletter for Writers, you have the option of typing in your info in a pop-up or in a sidebar widget which you can find on this PAGE.

With your subscription, you’ll receive some fun bonuses and offers and chances to WIN FREE writing help, so I really hope you’ll sign up!

A page listing my books and other products (soon to be announced!) that are designed to support and guide you on your writing journey.

A Facebook Author Page: Kate Johnston | Author – come on over and follow me for quick writing tips, old-fashioned inspiration, or to ask storycrafting questions!

A Facebook group, #TeamWriter, which you are all invited to join. It is a closed group, so just request to join and I’m happy to oblige.

Plus, a lot of other fun plans that are still hush-hush!

Are you looking for a story coach or a freelance writer? Check out Kate Johnston |Author & Story Coach for fair, reasonable, and skilled writing help.

So, let’s recap in case you skimmed or just want to see all the doodads in one place:

 

I have a NEW WEBSITE & BLOG HEADQUARTERS.

Follow my FACEBOOK AUTHOR PAGE

Join my Facebook group #TeamWriter

Subscribe to my new BLOG for blog updates

Subscribe to my MUSELETTER FOR WRITERS for monthly writing inspiration and FREEBIES!

NOTE: the blog and e-letter are SEPARATE subscriptions. If you want both, subscribe to both. If you only want one or the other, then, pick the one you want.

I will post here occasionally over the next couple of months to catch up with any stragglers, but if you want to find me right away, then my new site is the place to go! Bring pizza!

Have a Writerly Day!