Coffee Talk: If You’re Drowning and You Know It

Posted on: July 25th, 2014 by Ashley Brooks 4 Comments

A while back, one of my brilliant clients wrote a short story where a girl drowns because she wanted to keep up the appearance of having it all together in case anyone back on the beach was watching her. In the end, she even convinced herself she was okay. I had a wonderful time on […]

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5 Ways to Get Back to Your Writing Routine After Vacation

Posted on: July 21st, 2014 by Ashley Brooks No Comments

Have you ever had a vacation hangover? I get one nearly every time we go out of town or I take a long weekend. It’s so good to have a break, but when it comes time to get back to work, it’s like I left my brain on the beach. Getting back into my daily […]

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Coffee Talk: Blogging as Conversation

Posted on: July 18th, 2014 by Ashley Brooks 15 Comments

Let’s say we went out for coffee this morning. We settle into the cozy table in the corner, where the light from the window highlights the steam rising off your mug of dark roast and reflects off the ice cubes in my iced latte. I tell you about how my pregnancy is going, what’s new […]

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Truth: Writing is Hard

Posted on: July 16th, 2014 by Ashley Brooks 5 Comments

I don’t know about you, but I always have this image in my head of what the “real” writers look like. You know, the ones who are working in idyllic settings, like in a cabin perched beside a mountain lake, or in a coffee shop with the perfect vibe of rustic/modern/vintage. Their words flow from […]

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Editing to Create Simplicity

Posted on: July 14th, 2014 by Ashley Brooks 4 Comments

The idea of editing gets a bad rap sometimes. We’re always hearing about how we need to stop editing ourselves and be authentic. Or about how writers will never get anywhere if they don’t turn off their inner editor. And how editing can lead to perfectionism, which is bad bad evil bad. But you guys. […]

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