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.

The 7 Best Books On Creative Writing

Perhaps I think of these as "the best" books on writing because they are my favorites. These books are the top picks from a longer list I give to my coaching clients and retreat participants and are the ones I always recommend first.

September 26, 2022 / Craft

How To Start A Writing Practice (that will last) 

We all have busy lives, and it's essential to be realistic about how much time you can consistently devote to your writing. Consistency is critical, so decide on a goal that you can maintain—whether it's 2 or 3 mornings a week or every Sunday afternoon. 

September 12, 2022 / Craft

How to Format Written Dialogue 

Good dialogue is essential to most stories; you want it to help develop your character and move the story along. However, the most natural and engaging dialogue will only be effective if formatted correctly, allowing the reader to follow it and keep track of who’s speaking.

August 29, 2022 / Craft

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