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.

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How To Know If You Are A Writer?

You don’t have to be born a writer; you can learn to be a writer. Writing isn't necessarily a talent; it's a craft you can master with practice, just like anything else.

March 6, 2023 / Craft
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How To Stop Feeling Overwhelmed – Hold It Lightly

Having too many great ideas can be as stressful as not having enough. Holding them lightly can help you find balance in both your creative and daily life.

February 6, 2023 / Inspiration

25 Great Creative Writing Exercises To Awaken The Senses

These writing prompts are designed to help you develop your understanding and use of sensory imagery. Write from the senses and engage your readers.

January 23, 2023 / Craft

5 Easy Steps To Create Attainable Writing Goals

Want to make your writing dreams a reality? Without goals, it's unlikely that will happen, and having attainable goals is key to making that process successful.

January 9, 2023 / Craft

What Do You Want From A Writing Retreat?

If you've ever considered going on a writing retreat, you probably have a lot in common with these women. What do you look for in a writing treat?

December 12, 2022 / Retreats
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How To Rediscover Your Beginner’s Mind

Cultivating a beginner's mind allows you to see the world around you with fresh eyes, and it engenders joy, playfulness, wonder, inspiration, and creativity.

November 7, 2022 / Craft

Favorite Quotes To Inspire You

I've been collecting quotes for years on various topics including, but not limited to, life, love, contentment, creativity, nature, and of course, writing. I'm sharing some of my favorites to inspire, enlighten and comfort you as you go the way of life.

October 24, 2022 / Mindset

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