How Tony Robbins Reflects Deeper Problems with the Self-Development Movement

Long before the current kerfuffle around Tony Robbins’ dismissal of the #MeToo movement, I’d been talking to friends about how the self-development movement in its current incarnation is doing us all a disservice. For those who haven’t been following the news, Tony Robbins was at his “Unleash the Power Within” event in San Jose, CA, […]

Free book: Writers working in English as a Second Language

At Art of Storytelling we are passionate about diversity of voice. We work with writers of different nationalities, races, and ethnicities across the globe, and help them tell their stories. We’ve created this FREE BOOK: #Write: The Four Stages of Writing a Book for Writers Working in English as a Second Language. Sign up and […]

Our Lives as Art

Do you use your own life in your art? My books in the Elemental Journey series are semi-autobiographical. I’ve always felt I was trying to convey not just my life, but also the epic journey of all of our lives.

Your Book is Bigger than You; Stop Trying to Control it

I’ve been a book coach for two decades. I’ve worked with expats on novels, lawyers on self-help books, and acupuncturists on memoir, and I’ve written three novels myself. People often ask, “What is the biggest issue new writers face when writing books?” There are many, like: Writers need to learn to let go of perfectionism […]

Books are much more than just marketing tools for life coaches

An increasing number of life coaches, motivational speakers and healers are writing books. The process, though, is much more than a marketing tool. Writing is as much about honing your purpose and healing yourself as it is about attracting clients. Let’s first look at the practical marketing benefits coaches and others have when they publish […]

The Opportunities Behind the Fall of Those in Power

I was a journalist in London in the 1990s, when I felt the call to give it all up and follow my soul’s path to find my voice. I remember walking like a zombie around the Financial Times, where I worked as a sub-editor, asking myself, “What am I doing here? What does this job […]

FIRE Launches Monday, March 19th

My third novel, FIRE, follows protagonist Pearl Swinton as she travels Southeast Asia in search of self and purpose. Along the way she meets an array of characters, from a boat boy in the Philippines to a rickshaw driver in India. Without home or country, she struggles with identity. Who is she? Who does she […]

Creating Dynamic Characters

For those of you who have read my second novel, AIR, you may recognize this painting. After reading the second novel in the Elemental Journey Series, Massachusetts’ artist Gay Tracy (gaytracy.com), felt compelled to paint Usui, the Jesuit missionary who becomes a friend and a mentor to Pearl, the protagonist. In this scene, the homeless […]

Writing and Diversity – The Hague

With clients from all areas of the globe, different nationalities, different ethnicities, both genders, all sexual preferences, and most socio-economic groups, Art of Storytelling’s founder Caroline Allen is proud to be co-presenting a literary event at The Hague in the Netherlands in March. Not only have we delved into the creativity of people from most […]