“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. […]

Addiction Fiction vs Transcendental Fiction

shattered windshield, digital photography, http://www.carolineallen.com Last night, after a long and stressful trip, I needed to veg out. I hit the button on my remote that shows you a list of what’s on cable television. Do you ever have those moments when you’re so hyper aware that you see through everything? Nothing seems normal, everything […]

Telling your story

village, acrylic on canvas, http://www.carolineallen.com I’m trying to get Earth published, my novel, and I’ve joined the ranks of the first-time novelists trying to get noticed in the sea of submissions agents and publishers receive. I had this dream around it: the fact that you are different is what will sell this book. In the […]

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 […]

The power of pain

As a writing coach, I often work with writers to increase the conflict. Fiction isn’t just about creating a situation that might seem likely in real life; it’s about UPPING THE DRAMATIC ANTE. Conflict is tougher, characters are more intense, the environment is more formidable than normal life. It’s a very interesting process to get […]

When I was just a little girl

Nude Seattle, oil bars on paper, 2005, carolineallen.com When I coach writers, the single greatest impediment to their writing is childhood trauma around their writing, around reading books, around telling stories or speaking truth. The single greatest aid to exploding open an individual’s innate creative force is digging up, writing about and sharing these childhood […]