For Writers Looking for a New Approach

When you’re building a business, they’ll often tell you to get to the “why”. Why are you running this business at this time? What’s driving you? What’s motivating you? Why you? Why this biz? Why now? I’ve been a book coach for 20 years and have helped thousands of people write their stories, in workshops […]

Part 2: What is Book Coaching?

Yesterday, I posted a blog, What is a Book Coach?, where I talked about what makes a good book coach. Today I want to describe the book coaching process.  I’ve been coaching people on self help, memoir, and fiction for nearly 20 years, through my business Art of Storytelling. Often, people come to me not […]

Part 1: What is a Book Coach?

When I became a book coach nearly 20 years ago, I’d actually never heard the term before. I knew about life coaches and fitness coaches, but coaching on a book? I was teaching fiction writing in a university extension program when one of the students came up to me after class. Would I work with […]

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 […]

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, […]