“Who Do You Think You Are?” The Top 5 Blocks For Writers

The book coaching process, especially at the beginning, can be a very safe space. The coach is there to nurture the new writer, to allow experimentation, offer inspiration, provide support, and pass on constructive advice. We aim to OPEN the writer, and that only happens with unconditional love for the person and the creative process. […]

And the winner is…

A big congratulations to Laura Thomas of Fairhope, Alabama, who won an original watercolor (Cha-Cha Chicken) by moi as part of the Booktrope Book Blog Tour raffle for Air, the second novel in the Elemental Journey Series. The series includes four novels — EARTH, AIR, FIRE, WATER — and follows a female protag as she […]

EARTH READING ON EARTH DAY (SEATTLE)

Join us on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22nd, for a reading of my first novel, Earth, at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, WA (Seattle). We start at 7 p.m. with a reading, followed by a Q&A and a signing, and you can expect a few fun audience surprises along the way. Click for […]

First novel, Earth, to Launch February 19, 2015

My first novel, Earth, is being published by Seattle’s Booktrope, and the official launch is this Thursday, Feb. 19th. Join our mailing list on my website, carolineallen.com, and be entered to win a couple of fun promo prizes. I’m a visual artist and metaphysical coach (besides being a fiction writer) and you could win a […]

The Ecology of Hierarchical Thinking

Watercolor landscape, http://www.carolineallen.com A month ago, a friend gave me a packet of lettuce seeds and I sprinkled them in the garden. I was just admiring the tiny lettuce leaves springing up and for some reason turned to thoughts of hierarchical thinking. In a hierarchy, the seedlings might well be seen as less than the […]

Enter to win an original watercolor!

We’re holding a raffle to attract people to my new Caroline Alllen, Author Facebook fan page. Earth, my first novel will be published in February 2015! Click this link below, and Rafflecopter will guide  you through the process of liking my page, and following me on Twitter, and you’ll be entered to win this 9×12 […]

Writing Vivid Dialogue

The pianist, Yerevan, Armenia, http://www.carolineallen.com   Here’s a trick for writing dynamic dialogue. A client and I were recently creating dialogue between a husband and wife who’ve known each other for years. How can you capture the subtlety, the subtext of the relationship? How can you not over-write it, not state the obvious? How do you capture […]