THE BOOK DOCTOR is our writing advice column by Caroline Donahue.
Whether it is a prickly plot or problems with motivation, Caroline Donahue aka THE BOOK DOCTOR is on hand to cheerlead, give sound common-sense advice and help writers reach their writing goals.
Caroline Donahue is an American writer, podcaster, and English teacher living in Berlin. She is the host of The Secret Library podcast and co-host of GTFO pod. She is the co-editor of I Wrote it Anyway: An Anthology of Essays, and the author of Story Arcana : Using Tarot for Writing. She is currently at work on her first novel. Learn more at carolinedonahue.com
Caroline Donahue on how the richness of real life and the every day can be inspiration for writing
Caroline Donahue on how believing you can finish a book is all you need to start
Caroline Donahue on the idea of motherland as a muse and the importance of a character’s origin story
Caroline Donahue on the myth of a ‘real writer’ and the role of wintering in the process of creativity
Caroline Donahue on the power of the quiet ideas and learning to listen before you write
Caroline Donahue on embracing the unknown as a writer and letting go of perfectionism
Caroline Donahue on becoming explorers of the new in our imaginations and writing practice
Caroline Donahue on mining the dark side of your imagination to create memorable characters on the page
Caroline Donahue on how to creatively process the intense feelings about these unusual times
Caroline Donahue on the importance of writing in times of crisis and how writers need to answer the call
Caroline Donahue on how revising and rewriting a draft needs to be guided by the heart
Caroline Donahue on why we need to celebrate the small endings in writing to savor the big achievements