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Caroline Allen worked in newsrooms in Tokyo, London, and Seattle, and as a travel writer through Asia. She is now a novelist and visual artist who lives in Oregon. She is the founder of Art of Storytelling, a coaching service for writers.

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Caroline Allen Besides being a novelist, I'm a book coach, and have dealt with understanding and moving through writer's block on many levels for two decades. The…moreBesides being a novelist, I'm a book coach, and have dealt with understanding and moving through writer's block on many levels for two decades. The block is almost always psychological. What about this story or this chapter is triggering me? You just have to sit with it, be honest with yourself, and move through the fear. I actually do not call it "writer's block" anymore. Instead, I think of times of lower or no productivity as a gestational period of understanding and growth. (less)
Caroline Allen You discover so many hidden treasures about yourself, your beliefs and the world. I often create characters who teach me so much. In AIR, I created…moreYou discover so many hidden treasures about yourself, your beliefs and the world. I often create characters who teach me so much. In AIR, I created Usui, a Jesuit missionary in Tokyo, and this set me on a path of research about Japanese religion and spirituality that was so profoundly edifying.

I'll often write some deep truth, and stop, look at it, and feel emotional. "That is truly what I believe." To be able to speak your deepest truth in the world -- what better career could there be? (less)
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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 to write the rough draft (rough means rough, people).

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