Welcome To My Blog

Hi, I'm Kathryn Kay, the founder of A Writer Within. As a personal writing coach and editor, I help women writers who struggle to define and meet their writing goals. I offer support and inspiration in getting started, organizing ideas, overcoming the inner critic, and completing projects. Creative solutions are my forte.

It's not a question of whether you have a writer within—it’s a question of how to set her free.

How to Create Compelling Characters for Your Stories

To create characters that capture your reader's attention and serve your story well, you need to know your characters inside and out.

August 15, 2022 / Craft

A Day at A Women’s Writing Retreat in Tuscany

I recently returned from Tuscany where, after an absence of more than two years, I resumed my week-long writing retreats for women. The only way I can think to describe to you how wonderful it was to ...

August 1, 2022 / Retreats

How to Use the Sense of Sight in Your Writing

Showing how your characters see the world and how they feel about it will go a long way in capturing your readers’ attention.

July 18, 2022 / Craft

How to Use the Sense of Hearing in Your Writing

Sounds enrich our environment; we depend on them to help us interpret, communicate with, and express the world around us. 

July 4, 2022 / Craft

How to Use the Sense of Taste in Your Writing

Taste might be the least used sense in writing but think of all you can learn about your character through her taste buds.

June 20, 2022 / Craft

How to Use the Sense of Touch in Your Writing

Think of all the tingling, scratching, banging, fumbling, kissing, and nudging a character might feel. Explore how to use the sense of touch in your writing.

June 6, 2022 / Craft

How to Use the Sense of Smell in Your Writing

One of the most remarkable aspects of the senses is how they span time. Our senses connect us intimately to the past in a way our ideas cannot, and the sense that does this more powerfully than any other is the sense of smell. 

May 23, 2022 / Craft

Use The Five Senses and Bring Your Characters to Life

Using the five senses in your writing will draw the reader in and bring your writing alive. Learn how and why we use sensory imagery in our writing.

May 9, 2022 / Craft

10 Tips To Support Your Writing Practice 

Here are 10 great tips to inspire and support your writing practice. All genres will benefit from any one of these motivating tips.

April 25, 2022 / Craft
7 women writers sitting in living room at A Writer Within's Tuscany retreat

How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Writers

Comparing ourselves negatively to others doesn't help us as writers. Here are some steps you can take to help you stop comparing yourself to other writers.

April 11, 2022 / Mindset

How to Create an Inspiring Writing Space

Wherever you go to write, having an inspirational space will make your time spent writing more fun, and you’ll see the benefits in the quality and quantity of what you produce.

March 28, 2022 / Mindset

5 Short Writing Prompts To Inspire and Keep You Going

Short writing prompts work with both fiction and memoir. The more you do, the faster you will find the flow and discover your authentic voice.

March 14, 2022 / Craft