The Blog

Welcome!

I’m going to be honest: I’m not a professional writer, and I don’t have any best- selling books under my belt. (Probably not the best way to start this blog, but it's the truth). This blog isn’t meant to be a magic cure for all the struggles writers face- I’ll let the professionals handle that. Instead, my goal is to uncover the truth behind writing, and to help more people find the courage to share their writing. Writing is the ultimate adventure, and it's one I want to share with you.

People are drawn to stories. We want to believe in the impossible, the magical, the good, and the bad. We want to root for an unlikely hero, and witness an amazing adventure. Unfortunately, the sheer quantity of books available today can make writing an original story seem like an impossible task. How can you do it, if it's all been done before-and by (possibly) more qualified writers? It's my goal to reassure you and answer all of your questions about becoming a first-time author. Stories are everywhere. You don't need to invent them from thin air, and you don't need to wait until your older, smarter, or more well-known. Whether you’re a six or six- hundred, everyone has had experiences, dreams, and adventures that shape them. And if you think real life isn’t interesting enough to be put in a book, here's my first secret:

Good writing is REAL writing!

 

You don’t need to have a totally new world or unpronounceable characters to be a writer. All you need is something real to start with.  That truth becomes the foundation for the fabricated world that follows, and it's the single most important part. Luckily, it's also the part that everyone can come up with. Each of us are real humans, with real life lessons, and experiences… hopefully 😃. Now of course, that doesn’t mean all of our writing should be memoirs. It just means that you should never be afraid to incorporate your own adventures into your writing. Use experiences with your friends, your family, that random guy you met at the street corner, or your 3rd grade teacher. Use your heartbreaks, fights, relationships, and dreams. Those things are real, and that makes them powerful. In future posts, I’ll talk more about writing structure, planning, and advice, but first you need inspiration, and that comes from the real world.

You can do it! Everyone has at least one story to share… or two, or three! Don’t be afraid to write, because you have a story to share that no one else on this earth will ever have. You can always add the magic, adventures, and mysteries later, but you need to start with something real, and that comes from you.

Keep On Writing,

 

Ashley Hayes