Category Archives: Writing

Finally getting a move on #amwriting

I have some news… I am finally getting closer with my next book!!!!

Definitely almost time to celebrate. Of course when I went to upload the text tonight I noticed an issue, but still only one thing to fix. The cover is coming along too, which is really exciting. Once this is up it should be a quick process to ordering the print proof and then releasing my book!!!

I am excited because tonight I have also started formatting book 2, which I want out for Christmas. I might just make it!

You never know!
I have been feeling really bogged under of late, so the recent turn of events has me motivated once again. Just in time too because September is approaching and I would really like to challenge myself to write a chapter book draft then. This means I really need the bulk of work on these two books completed.

I have so much to do and at least four projects on the go at the moment. The story of my life really…

My to do list gets longer everyday. It’s good to be busy, but we are in the second half of the year and I really need to complete jobs. That is my aim for the rest of the year. Wish me luck – have fun!

July has gone #timetogetmoving

Wow, July went in a rush. It happens when there is school holidays, two weeks tend to flash by with activities for the kids. It makes it difficult to get moving with writing. That didn’t mean I sat there idle. I have actually progressed with my publishing. My book is almost formatted correctly and the images are close to being correct. I am hopeful to upload my story by the end of the week. The cover is also coming along. We have the right photo, but not the actual cover yet. Again really hopeful I will be ordering the print proof by the next weekend….

I am probably a month behind where I want to be. The issue is when it comes to the cover and the illustrations I rely on another person. So things don’t happen when I want them too. I really wish I could actually do these things myself. That would make life easy, but at this stage I don’t have the time to learn. So I wait. It will get there. I was just hoping the second book would be out before Christmas. This one probably won’t take quite as long because I am already collating the illustrations and the cover format will be similar. I may get there in the end.

Change that to I will publish my books!!!

Back to work, lots to do. Have fun!

July – Winter Writing Time #getwriting

I am not really a fan of winter, yes it does indeed get cold here in Australia. We live in denial, but every year winter comes. We get freezing mornings, winds and rain. We still stand on the side of sports pitches, but it is really cold.

Although I am often freezing at work in the gym (there is a limit to how much running helps), I have found a great thing about winter. It is the best time to settle under the covers and write. That being said at the moment I am editing and formatting. Either way it keeps the brain working and that helps to warm the whole body.

I am hoping to have some big news by the end of this month, so watch this space.

My goals for winter – to complete a whole host of unfinished writing tasks. That’s the best place for me to start right now. I have so many projects on the go, I just need to start ticking off the list. I often think the middle of the year is a good time for that. You can revisit your goals and see where you are.

Right now I am going to see if I can tick off a few of those boxes…

Stitch has been busy reading too – remember to check in with Stitch Says and Chewie’s News. If you are an author who would like and interview or review remember to email me at ashley@ahowland.org

More soon – have fun!

School Holidays are the Perfect Time to Write #keepthembusy

Have you got a story busting to be written?

Check out the newest writing journal – it’s different and will get you writing.

The Not So Boring Book #1 – Write your own story

FntCover

Ten chapters full of writing activities designed to get the ideas flowing and help you create a story ready to be published. Each chapter gives you the opportunity to work on one story. Follow the book right to the end and bask in your finished product.

This book can be used by anyone (child or adult) who loves to write.

Just get your pencil and begin!

You can get your own copy here:

https://www.createspace.com/5050054

or visit my Amazon page:

http://www.amazon.com/Ashley-Howland/e/B00BQA4XRO

If you live in Australia and would like a signed copy email me at ashley@ahowland.org

Check it out today and get writing!

Illustrating #wishIcoulddraw #writinglife

I’ve hit a stumbling block in publishing my next book…It needs black and white illustrations. I know I could go without, but I really want by book to be perfect. The problem is, well I can’t draw. Okay so I don’t belive in the work can’t, but I don’t find drawing a natural ability. I have to be more creative.

I guess it is like anything, practice makes perfect. Not that I ever expect my illustrations to be perfect. I am investigating a few options at the moment, but I am also trying to get one picture per chapter that I am really happy with.

This is a challenge that I have overcome before and am determined to work out this time too. The issue is I have five stories in this series and another series that will need similar formatting. That means a lot of drawing and it all takes time. I am the patient with my writing, but I also want to get my books out there. I better get back to it…

Have fun!

Cold weather? No Problem, Get Writing #winterwriting

Have you got a story busting to be written?

Check out the newest writing journal – it’s different and will get you writing.

The Not So Boring Book #1 – Write your own story

FntCover

Ten chapters full of writing activities designed to get the ideas flowing and help you create a story ready to be published. Each chapter gives you the opportunity to work on one story. Follow the book right to the end and bask in your finished product.

This book can be used by anyone (child or adult) who loves to write.

Just get your pencil and begin!

You can get your own copy here:

https://www.createspace.com/5050054

or visit my Amazon page:

http://www.amazon.com/Ashley-Howland/e/B00BQA4XRO

If you live in Australia and would like a signed copy email me at ashley@ahowland.org

Check it out today and get writing!

Getting Inspiration – Writing Buddies #writingworkshop

This weekend I am running a workshop with my two writing buddies:

It’s an interactive session that is all about getting inspired to write. We are going to have lots of fun. Stitch and Chewie are looking forward to working with everyone. They love to help me write and are great at inspiring others. I won’t give any more away now. Check out the session at the Cove Library in Adelaide on Sunday the 4th of June 1:30 – 3:00pm. Would love to see you all there. If you can’t come I will be posting some information after the session. In the meantime here is a photo to get your creative ideas going:

See you all there, have fun!

Winter is the perfect time to write #getthewritingbug

Have you got a story busting to be written?

Check out the newest writing journal – it’s different and will get you writing.

The Not So Boring Book #1 – Write your own story

FntCover

Ten chapters full of writing activities designed to get the ideas flowing and help you create a story ready to be published. Each chapter gives you the opportunity to work on one story. Follow the book right to the end and bask in your finished product.

This book can be used by anyone (child or adult) who loves to write.

Just get your pencil and begin!

You can get your own copy here:

https://www.createspace.com/5050054

or visit my Amazon page:

http://www.amazon.com/Ashley-Howland/e/B00BQA4XRO

If you live in Australia and would like a signed copy email me at ashley@ahowland.org

Check it out today and get writing!

May the Fourth Be With You #starwarsappreciation #hastobedone

I know it’s quirky, but I have to admit to being a Star Wars fan. I’m not fanatical about it, but I do love a good story and let’s face it Star Wars is a good story.

On our big trip to Walt Disney World we had some awesome Star Wars moments. The girls got to fight Darth Vader during the Jedi Academy. He even said my little one was strong in the force.. he’s right there. We met Chewbacca and he is one massive wookie! We watched the incredible fireworks and of course the first order marching down the street. It was certainly an amazing experience.

May the Force be with you – and of course may it lead you to writing and reading awesome stories…

Have fun!

May Blues #itscoldoutside #timetowrite

May has arrived with rain and cold weather. There is nothing better than cold, wet nights to get the writing flowing. Well that’s my theory anyway. As long as the brain doesn’t freeze it’s probably sound…

I still have a lot of goals from previous months to complete. Who am I kidding, I have a lot from previous years to complete. The trick is to always keep moving forwards and keep the goals in sight. They just take longer sometimes.

That’s all part of the fun.

I have achieved something this month already… I submitted a flash fiction piece staring these two amazing characters,
STITCH

The first cuddle

CHEWIE
When he was sweet

I’m pretty excited about that for sure. I love being a part of anthologies, it makes writing a team sport. As sport is one of my other loves it’s great to combine them all. I haven’t just been writing though. I’m also in design and formatting mode. Which is a bit like trying to play soccer against an octopus. Certainly a challenge. Hopefully I will have some big news by the end of the month… We’ll see…

In the mean time – have fun!