My Writing Process
Guest Post by Ashley Scheller
To be new can be both exciting and intimidating. I can say with confidence, however, the journey becoming a new author has been a long and worthwhile one.
Believe it or not, I penned my first rough draft of my debut novel back in high school. However, I would write a bit, let it sit for a month, write on, let it sit for another several months, and so on. When I went to college in Fall 2005, I didn’t touch my story. I was so busy and didn’t revisit my manuscript until 2013, years after graduating.
So mistake number one, I tried to write when I didn’t have the ambition and the patience to do so. If I did, I would have made the time to write. Today, looking back, I’m positive I would have found the time. Finding the time or saying you don’t, I think, is not only one of the hardest excuses to break but one of the most popular excuses as well.
Like any habit, let writing become your habit. A habit you know you can’t sleep until you get that page completed or that one sentence scribbled down. Like eating well or getting into an exercising routine, you start small and work up. Initially I’d write for only short periods of time a day. Now, hours will have passed and my husband would wonder if I’m ever going to eat.
I believe a writer has been productive if they achieved being there for family and/or friends while also completing a personally set number of words or pages within that day they know they won’t regret later. Of course, when and/or how you write as an individual is entirely up to you as such. However, ultimately, we know that novel isn’t going anywhere until you sit down and get to work.
About the Book
Author: Ashley Scheller
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Supernatural/Fantasy/Magic
Length: 329 pages
Release Date: September 10, 2015
IMPRINT: Howling Wolf
SYNOPSIS: At five, her presence alone could transform lions into human-like beings. At nine, she could manipulate everything inanimate, in turn, creating her surroundings to her liking. She is their Saqui, a precious child with awesome power.
Now, if she could only remember.
A 12-year-old girl awakens after a long sleep and, mysteriously, has no recollection of her past. Upon the insistence of four, who claim to be her guardians and friends, Kayla begins to read from a bizarre diary, hoping to gain her memories before she loses her kingdom. A journey of self-discovery, wonder and adventure begins when she opens the covers made of crystal.
About the Author
Currently Available at:
THE WIELDER DIARIES: MY CRYSTAL
BARNES & NOBLE