What Stops New Authors From Writing Their First Book – Kim O’Hara

Kim O’Hara, Author/Book Coach/Speaker/Podcaster: If you’re going to get honest, get honest. Now we’re not going to email it to them. Just write it and I think that’s where they start to unlock…

Film Courage: What’s the inciting incident in your book? 

Kim: It would be waking up from the dream absolutely and sitting in my living room and really thinking Oh, I know and then What do I do now? That’s the inciting incident. There’s a whole journey that comes from that and most people like clients that I work with in their books, it’s usually that one. It’s not always like the most exciting moment necessarily. It’s that stop, that inside moment where you know something’s going to change forever and it did.

Film Courage: When you went to sleep the night before, had you watched a movie? Did something happen that you think triggered it?

Kim: It was just time.

Film Courage: Why did you procrastinate writing for so long? I know you had this realization but didn’t weren’t there other things you were putting off?

Kim: I think that I had to go through a lot of different experiences so that I could know what to write about. If I had just started writing right away from the dream and I was journaling everything so I had a lot of good material, but I hadn’t lived enough yet to really see the difference…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).




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Kim O’Hara was born in Warren, Rhode Island, and produced her first motion picture at the age of 25. She was the screenwriter on American Reunion. She is very open about the fact that she thought she could make movies about troubled characters to heal audiences, but found frustration in limited distribution of her films. Her personal crisis and recovery from sexual abuse and addictions after the birth of her second child led her to discover book coaching, and she opened her company A Story Inside. She coaches women ready to speak their truth through writing their books. Writing is a challenge for many people, then add in recovery from the shame and denial of sexual abuse. Kim’s book makes healing through writing accessible to anyone with her signature writing prompts. No subject is untouched, from spirituality to sexuality, and she is candid about all the maneuvers she did to avoid facing this dark shadow in her life. 


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