Successful Fiction Writers Are Storytellers.
We journey into the imagination to meet strange, exciting, scary, beautiful, heroic and ugly characters. Our best stories flow from our unexpected encounters in our personal Wonderland when we, like Alice, follow the White Rabbit and fall down willy-nilly into landscapes that delight, confound, and terrify us.
Yikes! Does that thought terrify you? Perhaps it delights you, but you have no way of finding your White Rabbit or the Rabbit Hole!
What You Need A Certified Wonderland Guide!
That's where I come in! As your writing coach and mentor, I guide you to the Rabbit Hole by joyfully accepting my transformation into the White Rabbit.
How did I get this certification? Since the time I was a little girl, I loved to write stories. I believed in my inner world, which was more fun and safer than my outer world. I was a daydreamer. Flighty. Different. I wasn’t an A student or a College Boards superstar. I didn’t test well. I was too quiet, too excitable, too sensitive, too lost inside myself. I was a challenging child for my mother.
My father was my savior. A beloved math teacher and a fiction writer, his love of writing made my escapes into imaginary worlds acceptable. I shared my stories with him; he helped me develop then. He told me about the importance of dialogue and developing strong characters. We discussed writing techniques all during my growing up.
He believed in his writing and relentless sent out his short stories, only to compile a stack of rejection slips. But he never gave up. Eventually he sold his stories to Esquire Magazine . When his mind was ravaged by Alzheimer's, he talked incessantly about Michael Oliver O'Toole, his hero in a series of Detective novels he wrote. In the end, his mind was gone but he still had his imagination!
"Emily opened up a new door to my creativity. She showed me how to connect to my imagination – and my writing has really taken off!" ~ Vallerie Huyghue
No one knows as well as Emily Hanlon how to access that deep and rich inner world where our best characters and stories live." ~Janet King
"Emily's peculiar genius is helping fiction writers to find, feed, wrestle and live with their demons or muses. Where do my stories and characters come from, how do they take shape in me, how can I allow and at the same times manage, their release onto the unfriendly, staring page? The angel, bright or dark, must be conjured before words can truly attach." ~Kurt Blankmeyer