Writing a Book: Overview

I’ve been a book coach for 19 years, working with people all over the world on memoir, novels, self-help books and even film scripts. I began my career as an international journalist (in newsrooms like London’s Financial Times). People come to my company, Art of Storytelling, wanting to write and publish a book. Few understand […]

“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. […]

Where are you hiding?

sunflower, amesbury, ma, 2008, http://www.carolineallen.com I keep coming across the theme of how women hide their intelligence as writers. Again and again this theme has come up with me and my own writing and with the clients I serve. Where are you hiding? That’s the question I would ask every writer. What wisdom do you […]

Rough Draft

self portrait, acrylic on canvas, http://www.carolineallen.com You want to write, but you’re staring at a blank screen, and you don’t know where to begin. Or, you keep rewriting the first sentence over and over and over again. Stop. Think rough. Think rough draft. It’s impossible to edit something that isn’t yet on the page, and […]