Carolyn Scarborough – The Book Whisperer

On May 19th, 2011 Susan Violante and Alan E. Smith spoke with writing coach Carolyn Scarborough on the “Book Whisperer” — what one is and why you need one! Carolyn is a writing coach, who works with people to turn their “whispering” to write into a reality.  Her most recent book is Backyard Pearls: Cultivating Wisdom and Joy in Everyday Life. She is an award-winning magazine writer, editor and newspaper columnist and has published more than 500 articles in magazines around the world.  We touched on many aspects of the writing process, including

  • What is writer’s block and how can we dissolve it?
  • How do we stay motivated to write?
  • Why do we tend to get so sidetracked with distractions instead of writing?
  • How do we get in touch with our “writer’ voice.”
  • What can we do to make writing easier and more joyful?

Carolyn Scarborough

Carolyn Scarborough - The Book Whisperer

Carolyn Scarborough’s passion is inspiring people to tap into their inner wisdom, then share their message with the world through books, blogs or articles. She coaches people privately, as well in telecourse and live retreat formats. In addition, she serves as Program Director for the Austin chapter of the International Coach Federation, and is a member of the Writers League of Texas, Story Circle Network and The Association for Women in Communications. For more information, go to

Backyard Pearls: Cultivating Wisdom and Joy in Everyday Life

Backyard Pearls: Cultivating Wisdom and Joy in Everyday Life

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2 Responses to Carolyn Scarborough – The Book Whisperer

  1. cath says:

    Carolyn sounds like a nice person but I found the analogies to her daughter and then to the dog simple-minded and condescending. They seemed directed to first graders rather than adults.

    I couldn’t possibly work with anyone who
    communicated with so many analogies.

    Please, is it so hard to talk about writing by itself? My assignment would be for Carolyn to do a rewrite of this presentation without the incessant examples and analogies.

  2. I’ll agree that people respond to different styles of communication, being an INTJ on the Meyers-Briggs’ scale myself I prefer the concrete to the analogy. But I do recognize that it probably works great for some people, maybe it’s a left-brain/right-brain thing. The one thing I do know is that you have to find a writing coach who works with your “Chemistry” and not every coach speaks into everyone else’s listening, it’s just not how we are wired. IMHO of course.

    I would recommend you try out some of the other coaches we have had on the program such as Romanus Volter or Mark David Gerson who might be your style.

    But most of all, thanks for the feedback. Our shows get about 2500 downloads per week but nary a comment.


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