Make Writing a Habit

In your dreams, you write every day, usually in a gorgeous coffee shop or maybe sitting in a field of flowers while sipping iced tea.

But that’s not what actually happens.

What really happens is that every day you decide you will for sure write only to spend your time:

  • Chasing children, laundry and dishes, in that order.

  • Slogging through your 9 to 5 only to come home exhausted.

  • Slumping on to the couch at the end of the day with zero creative energy left.

  • Falling prey to the siren call of Netflix...or a good book...or anything that doesn’t require you to think.

What if things could be different?

What if you could fit writing in around the daily routine of adulting?

What if you got to the end of the day still excited to pick up a pen and wander through your story worlds?

What if you actually made writing a habit and finally started to make progress on your writing dreams?

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Introducing Build Your Writing Life…

…an online course designed to help you create a sustainable writing habit that is life giving and consistent.

In this course…

You get personalized support from yours truly, a community of other writers going through the course alongside you, workbooks and worksheets to guide you through the course, culminating in a Writing Life Blueprint that sets up an individualized writing practice you will love—and actually stick with.


Meet Your Teacher for the Course…

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Hey! I'm Ashly. I spend my time with my hair in a messy bun, chasing a rambunctious four-year-old, and writing in miraculous minutes that I mined like precious jewels from my day.

I'm an Author Accelerator certified book coach and I've been teaching writing in one form or another for four years. I guess it started with reading Dickens at the tender age of twelve, writing my first novella at ten (it was um, self-published...with a stapler...and a homemade cover...).

Stories followed me through college when I got my BA in English Literature and into my career teaching high school English and through my transition into freelance writing and editing. 

This course is a result of years of learning how to fit writing in the margins of my life. One day I realized it didn't belong in the margins at all and that was the beginning of me creating my writing life. Now I want to help you learn how to do the same.


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What YOu Get in this course

Here’s what you get:

  • Face your inner critic and self doubts, so you can write with peace and confidence.

  • Create a vision for your writing life, so your writing practice has purpose and focus.

  • Shift your expectations about what a writing practice looks like, so you can give yourself grace and refill your creative tank in your practice regularly.

  • Finally disprove the lie that you don’t have time to write, and make room in your life for your writing. 

PLUS, you’ll also get:

  • Instant access to the private course Facebook page, with live video chats and other writers who can help you through the course.

  • A complete Writing Life Blueprint by the end of the course that details your writing vision, writing space, writing goals, and more.

  • Instant access to the Inkling Secret Library filled with freebies and downloads to support you in your writing practice

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The next class opens January 2019!

 
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 Finish Your Draft

Do you ever...

  • Wonder if your writing is any good

  • Wish you had someone to bounce ideas off of

  • Feel insecure about your writing dreams and maybe even guilty (or crazy) for pursuing your writing dreams

  • Feel isolated and alone as a writer

  • Struggle to prioritize your writing

  • Struggle to find time to write

  • Struggle to make consistent progress on your WIP

Well, kiss that nonsense goodbye.

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Introducing Drafted: A Group Coaching Experience

A six-month group coaching experience that helps you:

- Finish your first draft or a revision of a draft

- Create a writing habit with both daily and weekly accountability

- Be surrounded by other writers who get the writing life and are invested in you

- Get feedback on your writing so you have direction and confidence in your story

WHAT YOU GET:

- 30-minutes per week of flexible feedback on your writing from a certified book coach so you feel confident about the direction your story is taking. (Flexible feedback means you can send in pages for edits, schedule a writing chat, or book a brainstorm with me, depending on your needs each week.)

- Six months of accountability in the form of weekly writing deadlines (with an assigned writing partner to hold you accountable, PLUS I will be checking in on you regularly)

- A goal setting/planning calendar for the six months so you know what you are working on and can make sure to meet your writing deadlines PLUS get feedback on your goal setting so you know if your goals are measurable and are setting you up for success

- Perspective on your writing and direction on what to work on in the form of a personal 1:1 hour long coaching call at the beginning of the program to set you up for the next six months (includes a review of a writing sample)

- Three brainstorming sessions (via conference call) with myself and the other writers in the group for support, questions, and ideas that help you think outside of the box

- Access to a small, private Facebook group for daily, personal support from myself and other writers in the group

- Access to brainstorming partners as you draft so you can get past any writing hiccups and self-doubt storms quickly

PLUS! Get These awesome extras:

- Anyone who signs up for Drafted before 12/31/2018 gets the Build Your Writing Life course for FREE—so you can learn to defeat your inner critic, find time to write, and make a solid writing plan (click here to learn  more about it)

- Volunteer your weekly writing to be edited for the benefit of the group (completely optional, but a great way to get feedback fo’ free!)

- Weekly teaching videos with lessons created specifically for your group so you have take aways relevant to where you are in your own draft

- Get access to a group document where you can share your writing for feedback from the other writers in the group


Meet Your Coach!

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Hey! I'm Ashly. I spend my time with my hair in a messy bun, chasing a rambunctious four-year-old, and writing in miraculous minutes that I mined like precious jewels from my day.

I'm an Author Accelerator certified book coach and I've been teaching writing in one form or another for four years. I guess it started with reading Dickens at the tender age of twelve, writing my first novella at ten (it was um, self-published...with a stapler...and a homemade cover...).

Stories followed me through college when I got my BA in English Literature and into my career teaching high school English and through my transition into freelance writing and editing. 

I love what I do because I get to fall in love with your story AND help you make it even more amazing. My coaching style is direct and affirming. I want you to be encouraged not discouraged, but I also never say something is working when it isn’t.


Your Investment?

A one-time payment of $1447

Or

$250/month

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NOw taking applications for January 2019.

Don’t wait! There are only four spots left in the group!

*To get updates about the group (and extra goodies) you can join the Drafted interest list here.

Revise Your Story

Hooray! You finished your first draft! Cue the confetti!

...Now what?

Of course you know what comes next: Revision. Everyone said drafting is the hard part but the more you think about diving back into your story, the more you wonder...

  • What if I read it and it’s total crap?

  • What if it isn’t total crap, but then I revise it and make it worse?

  • What if I reread my draft and just have no idea what to do to make it better?

  • What if I start revising and then get stuck, halfway through, like a deer in the headlights of an oncoming car?

Here’s a better idea: What if you confidently revise your draft knowing exactly what needs to be fixed AND how to fix it?

Yes please!

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Introducing Revise Your Story…

…a book coaching package designed to support you in your revision so you can take your good story and make it an exceptional story.

Instead of spending your precious writing hours worrying over word choice, agonizing over dialogue and chewing off your nails wondering if you can check Chapter One off your revision list yet, why not get a fresh helping of perspective and the helpful advice of a mentor who can:

  • Cut through your self doubt with a machete and show you the sparks of genius in your words

  • Point out where your story isn’t working and give you suggestions about how to fix it

  • Give you clear direction on your revision so you can be confident that your revision is taking your good story and making it an exceptional story

Working with me on your revision is like working with a tough-love writing bestie who not only loves your story but sees exactly where it is going wrong and how you could fix it.

We will chat over coffee (or wine!) about the strengths and weaknesses in your manuscript that you see, then I will add detailed comments throughout your manuscript and give you a revision guide that spells out what to focus on and how you can make your story one that grips the reader from start to finish. What you get back from me? A big fat document of insight, encouragement, brainstorming, weak spots, and troubleshooting--all specific to YOUR story.

Here’s what you get with all Revise Your Story packages:

  • Feedback on your draft, so you can stop second guessing yourself and begin your revision confidently.

  • Analysis of big picture story elements, so you know what’s working in your story and what isn’t.

  • Suggestions on what to focus on during your revision, so you use your energy wisely and don’t waste precious writing time revising scenes that later get cut from your manuscript..

  • Accountability during your revision, so you can make progress and get help when you are stuck..


Meet Your Coach!

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Hey! I'm Ashly. I spend my time with my hair in a messy bun, chasing a rambunctious four-year-old, and writing in miraculous minutes that I mined like precious jewels from my day.

I'm an Author Accelerator certified book coach and I've been teaching writing in one form or another for four years. I guess it started with reading Dickens at the tender age of twelve, writing my first novella at ten (it was um, self-published...with a stapler...and a homemade cover...).

Stories followed me through college when I got my BA in English Literature and into my career teaching high school English and through my transition into freelance writing and editing. 

I love what I do because I get to fall in love with your story AND help you make it even more amazing. My coaching style is direct and affirming. I want you to be encouraged not discouraged, but I also never say something is working when it isn’t.


HOW DOES IT WORK?

Step 1

Contact me and set up a FREE 30 minute consultation so we can select the revision package that fits your needs.

Step 2

I will set up all the deadline/invoice/contract stuff. You send me your beautiful manuscript.

Step 3

You get your feedback wrapped up in a pretty bow (actually it’s wrapped up in an editing summary that gives direction on your revision, encouragement on what’s totally working in your story, and guidance on what still needs work).

Ashly’s feedback was the kind of talking I try to use with myself: clear input about areas of weakness and how to address them, sandwiched between affirmation and praise.
— Stephanie Ascough - Fantasy Writer