Writing Coach Insights: Worry and Other Creative Drains

By Johannah | August 17, 2010

Being creative means living richly and bravely, of feeling and experiencing and allowing instead of suppressing. Sure, maybe propelled by the energy of fear alone, you can force yourself to finish that report or project, but then, you are creating from the energy of constriction and resistance and suffering, whereas true creative energy is characterized by ease and joy.


Writing Coach Insights: Turning Frustration Into Good Writing

By Johannah | October 11, 2009

“Annoyed” can be an interesting emotion to explore in writing. It is not a reflection of shallowness or immaturity, but perhaps an indication of significant needs and motivations. Notice what bothers your characters. Do they do something about it, or do they simply stay annoyed and put up with the bothersome situation? How does each option influence the story’s plot and the character’s responses to conflict?


Writing Coach Insights: The Power of “Yes”

By Johannah | September 28, 2009

“No big whoop” and “yes” are attitudes of allowing, ones that free you to make mistakes, to be eccentric, to be imperfect and thus intriguing. This is what the use of specific detail in creative writing is about: capturing those unique traits that make something come alive on the page by distinguishing it from anything else of its kind, picking out one or two or more key features that tell something essential about a character or an interaction or an object.


Writing Coach Insights: Writing in Your Sleep

By Johannah | March 9, 2009

As writers, we can take advantage of this pre-existing creative content by recycling the moods, images, characters, and events of our dreams as poems and stories.


Writing Coach Insights: Qualities of Light

By Johannah | March 1, 2009

Learning to write is largely about remembering how to notice the world around us—to re-awaken to our own experiences.


Writing Coach Insights: Being a Beginner

By Johannah | February 15, 2009

Sometimes, all we need is the first step. . .more


Writing Coach Insights: Not Becoming a Stereotype of Yourself

By Johannah | February 12, 2009

The term “creative” refers to the qualities of newness, novelty. This is why it is absolutely vital to let in the unknown, the unrecognizable. . . more


Writing Coach Insights: Finding Creative Moments

By Johannah | February 8, 2009

I don’t remember exactly what I was doing this morning when I began thinking about the way that creativity requires us to stop planning. . . more