“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. […]

5 Tips for Writing Fiction

Angel at Kerepesi Cemetery in Budapest, Hungary, http://www.carolineallen.com It’s more difficult to sum up writing fiction than it is writing memoir. Fiction can be too amorphous, too soulful, to be forced into linear alignment. However, there are a few guidelines you can follow for writing good fiction. 1. Start with character. Spend time really getting […]

Why write? What’s the point?

Pearl, pre-fleas, 2008 My kitten contracted fleas from god knows where (she’s an indoor cat and has not been outside, nor has she had any kind of contact with other animals). At any rate, I had to take everything I own to the local laundromat. I sat in the nondescript laundromat in a strip mall […]

Elements of Fiction/Memoir

Cuban Dancer detail, from the Stream of Consciousness Series, acrylic and house paint on canvas, 2’x3′, http://www.carolineallen.com I recently taught a writing class at my art studio, and am including here the overview sheet I provided to students. Listed below are the various elements involved in writing Fiction/Memoir. The list, of course, is only the […]

Novel-writing software

Long Hill Estate, Beverly, MA, http://www.carolineallen.com I’ve just bought and studied NewNovelist 2.0, by Creativity Software. You can use the software to help you write your existing novel, or even, according to the reviews, write the novel you’ve always wanted to write. I cannot recommend it enough. It’s blowing my mind and blowing my writing […]