You Don’t Fit (Anywhere); 5 Reasons That Might Just Be a Good Thing

I’ve never felt I fit. Anywhere. I grew up in rural Missouri, and as a young girl would obsess, “Where do I fit? Where do I fit? Where do I fit?” The phrase would ricochet around my skull like a pinball. I left Missouri as fast as I could; surely there were other places where […]

What is Your Personal Mythology?

What is your “personal mythology”? How can you tap into it, access the core of your beliefs, and unleash the energy to drive your novel or memoir? I came up with the term “personal mythology” when I was teaching writing workshops in Seattle. I found the easiest way to teach techniques like characterization, setting, and theme […]

Writing a Book in English When English Isn’t Your Native Tongue: Top 5 Issues

At Art of Storytelling, we work with dozens of writers all over the world who are writing novels, memoir and self-help books in English, when English is their second, third or even fourth language. Many international book authors are eager to write in English because they believe having a major American publisher will mean more credibility and a level […]

Win a Signed Copy of AIR!

My novel, AIR, the second book in the Elemental Journey Series, is being released this Thursday, Oct. 22. Enter to win a signed copy here. “…this book brings us face to face with the niggling edges of things, with what we think defines us.” For more information or to purchase the book, go to http://www.carolineallen.com, […]

Writer’s Block: When Abuse is Used to Stop the Voice

I am in my counselor’s office in Portland, a pretty room on the top floor of a house. The slanted ceiling reminds me of my childhood room. You know how when some therapists do inner child work, they put a chair across from you and have you talk to your inner little girl? Well, I am having […]

Loving the Artist’s Soul

I have a stormy, rocky psyche, thrashing prophetic dreams, tumultuous crashing waves in the soul, wild moments of beautiful artistic abandon, spontaneous crazinesses. I’d rather be by the ocean or in the woods or around a bonfire at night than anywhere else in the world. My intense moods don’t happen often enough or with enough severity […]

EARTH Wins Independent Publishers’ Award

I’m so excited and honored to receive the Independent Publishers gold medal for Best Midwest Fiction for my literary novel Earth. http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1937#.VUp9znazGNY.facebook