Every writer struggles,
but you don’t have to struggle alone.

Working with a creative writing coach can help you get past blocks, be more productive,
and proceed with confidence. Many writers who stop writing aren’t acutely aware of why they stopped. A writing coach can help you discover the reason and help you move forward.

Hello!
I am Writing coach
Janet B. Robinson,
delighted to welcome you
at Robinson Writing portal.

I specialize in helping writers who have decided to write a story or a book for the first time.

I help them with scene structure and composition, story structure, character development,
and most importantly, I help them manage their expectations when it comes to what it takes to get through a first draft. When you finish your first draft, I send you off with a Rewrite Plan. I can support you through this process as well if you wish. Once you complete your rewrites, I refer you to an editor who has relationships with agents for final edits.

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Stare in frustration?

Break through your Writing Barriers

Experiment with other mediums

If you’re trying to write an article, try writing in another way, whether it’s a poem that focuses on how you feel, or even a short story that focuses on the instance from which that lesson or idea was born.

Being able to write in many different forms will strengthen you’re creative muscle, making you an overall more powerful creative force.

Focus on a moment

Many people want to write an article, and have millions of ideas about how they want to get their message across, but just don’t know where to start.

Sometimes, starting is the hardest part.

Force yourself to focus on one moment, rather than the idea as a hole. This creates a sort of trickle down effect, from which the righteous river of creativity flows.

Just write

Many people have this misconception that creativity is something that strikes at any moment, allowing them to then lean into a 900 word essay, sustained by that single moment of inspiration.

If you’re waiting for that moment, you might wait weeks. Months. Years. Don’t become that person who’s writing their novel but is “waiting” for it to come to them.

Sit down and start typing.

Core learning areas

you will go through with me:

PLOT PLANNING

This requires a student to visualise the story in their head or on a piece of paper. It includes ideas such as where the story is going to take place, whether it is somewhere fictional or real, is it in the past/present/future and finally what the writer thinks is going to happen. The plot planning is basically to create a firm idea of where the writer wants to take the story and plans it in the head.

CHARACTERISATION

It involves questions like who is going to be in the story, how do they want their readers to feel about each character, their actions, their roles etc. Jotting down some ideas may help. Students can probably create a table to get organised on their thoughts.

STORY LANGUAGE

Use of fabulous words in story writing. Could be long or simple words, or just some great descriptive/wow words or words that help create pace, tension and thrill. Jot them down and refer to them while writing the story.

STORY STARTERS

Capturing the attention of the readers right from the start is one of the most important techniques of story writing; making them desperate to read on. Hence, the use of some good story openers is critical to enticing the reader to continue with the story.

Writing Techniques For Fiction Authors

Establishing a writing routine

Freewriting
TIPS

If you find yourself feeling blocked or unable to start when you sit down to a writing session, you might want to try a technique called freewriting.

Freewriting involves letting go of all restraints and writing continuously for a short period of time in a 'stream-of-consciousness' fashion. Basically, the aim is to write whatever pops into your head, without worrying about grammar, spelling, or even that your words make any sense.

Dictation
TIPS

To shake things up in your next session, why not try speaking your writing instead? Yep – we're talking about using dictation!

Unsurprisingly for many writers, words flow better from their hands rather than their voices. But you might surprise yourself if you try speaking your stories rather than writing them for a change.

Writing out of order
TIPS

For many writers, the idea of writing a novel means beginning at the beginning and writing directly through to the end. But if you find you're struggling to write your novel chronologically, why not try writing scenes out of order in your next writing session?

Instead of moving from scene to scene in the order you intend them to appear in your book, try simply writing whichever scene takes your fancy at the time, and piecing them all together in the proper order later.

What our students saying about us

Testimonials

I have learned so much in such a short space of time. It was a big commitment to make, but it was so, so worth it. I won’t ever regret it – at the very least, my writing will be so much better than before.

David M. South
Public relations officer

Even as a novice, I felt safe to reveal my needs, and I left assured in my path. I would recommend Janet to any writing student.

Naomi Lees
Health psychologist

The course was invaluable in helping me shape my novel; learn how to be much more critical of my own work; and focus on the importance of structure. As a course about the craft of writing; excellent.

Rachel Ross
Vocational teacher

About an Author

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Janet B. Robinson

Janet helps aspiring authors complete and publish their books.

Master of Public Administration, Policy Analysis and Evaluation 2005
Certified Confidence Coach 2018
Certified Professional Coach 2010

My career in goal setting and monitoring as well as implementation (getting things done) began in organizations helping communities as a consultant. I spent more than twelve years in editorial working in program design and evaluation, research, and as a community liaison and coach, helping a community become self-sufficient and confident in operating their own publishing program. I've been a certified coach since 2009 and leverage those tools, experiences, and knowledge to help you succeed. I coach clients through the process and help them maintain commitment and motivation to complete their writing project.