I was once asked on social media by a fellow writer: how many drafts does someone write before their book is finished? This is a difficult question to answer, in that there is no "right" answer. You write as many [...]
About Ashley R. CarlsonAshley R. Carlson grew up wanting a talking animal friend and superpowers, and when that didn’t happen, she decided to write them into existence. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with three (non-talking) pets and one overactive imagination. Her debut novel, a young adult fantasy entitled "The Charismatics," can be found on Amazon or through her website at www.ashleyrcarlson.com. Ashley is obsessed with Yelping to find local restaurants, fostering animals from nearby shelters, and the Real Housewives of...anywhere. She also loves to hear from you!
It’s no surprise that writing is a notoriously solitary and time-consuming endeavor. Whether it’s a blog post, a magazine article or your work-in-progress high fantasy manuscript, there are many different ways to get the words on the page. [...]
Ah, winter time. Several months of delicious food, shopping, family time and…contracting a cold/flu?! Yes, it’s cold season, and as I can personally attest as I’m on day 12 of a winter cold (almost two weeks!), it’s an [...]
Part of the evolution as a writer (and self-editor) is to elevate your craft. It's about striving to describe things with clearer language, create three-dimensional, complex protagonists and villains that readers care about. To write dialogue that’s natural-sounding [...]
Writing is a career notorious for its solitude, and the oft-“introverted” nature of those who pursue it. While there is a bit of truth to the introspective, self-reflective components of writing that are required, authors need to be diligent [...]