Turns out, to be a writer, you must actually write.

by Ash on May 21, 2012

A few months ago I received an e-mail from the incredible Joann (Laundry Hurts My Feelings) – would I be interested in going to the DFW Writers’ Conference?

Within 10 minutes I had a ticket charged to my credit card. Shocking really, since the last seat-of-the-pants thing I’ve done was cut off all my hair right before my wedding. Usually spontaneity likes to bite me in the rear, but this time she decided to give me a kiss on the cheek.

The amount of writing information, motivation and conversation from this past weekend could fill my Fat Day Jeans and then some, but the one nugget heard over and over again was this – just do it.

Just. Do. It.

I feel like I’ve been holding my breath for so long, scared to let the oxygen in because once that gray matter sputters to life again, I won’t like the thoughts in my head.

Well, to Hell with that.

At the 2013 DFW Writers’ Conference, I will down a shot of tequila or 12 and pitch.

As of today, I have roughly 350 days to pound out 80,000 – 100,000 words, revise those words, and then revise those words again. No problem, right?

Anyone have any great plot ideas?

P.S. A million thanks and love to Joann. I’ve made a friend for life, stalking laws be damned. If you don’t read her you’re a sorry sack of nails. Run to Laundry Hurts My Feelings. Right after you give me a plot.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Terri Sonoda May 21, 2012 at 11:01 am

Hi Ash! This made me feel beyond good. I write like a crazy fool every day, working on two novels at once. And then there’s my thesis. And the blog. And etc. And? I LOVE it.
Glad you’re back in the game.


CDG May 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I do not believe for one moment that you don’t have a story begging to be told.

Not for one moment.


Elaine A. May 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Oh girl, if I had a good plot I’m be trying really hard to put it paper myself! Maybe not as hard as you though…

Smut seems to sell really good these days, try going that route… 😉



Victoria KP May 21, 2012 at 2:02 pm

What Cam said. Totally. 🙂


Tracie May 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm

You’ve got this. You are going to rock it. I have no doubts.


Rebecca May 21, 2012 at 6:49 pm

You can totally do this!

Plots? Hmmmm, there’s an awesome old railroad turned into a trail in our town that has some spots that are very creepy and others that are very romantic.


Vidya Sury May 22, 2012 at 12:14 am

🙂 Good to see your update. Better the kiss on this cheek than the bite on that cheek, eh?

Go forth and write!


Alexandra May 22, 2012 at 7:25 am

Yeah, I know.

Yeah, you’re write.

I know it’ll feel lonely to do, but I have to do it.

Get off twitter, and get off FB and get off the blog and get on the writing.


Thank you.


Alexandra May 22, 2012 at 7:26 am

sorry … meant to say “you’re right.”

See? You got writing on my brain.

Time to right my life now.

(intended that one, too.)



joann mannix May 22, 2012 at 7:31 am

I love you. That is all.

Now, Go. Do. It. !!!!!

Next year, it’s my turn to cheer you on.

By the way, early bird registration is on until the 31st. Great deal.


tulpen May 22, 2012 at 8:58 am

Preaching to the choir sister.

I stopped writing. It’s easy to stop.

Not so much with the getting back to it.


cuhome May 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I think the wisdom, here, is in your title, Turns Out, to be a writer, you must actually write….. dang!


nicole May 22, 2012 at 3:15 pm

No plot help. I’m not that kind of writer. I’m always in awe of people who can come up with whole stories in their heads. Good luck! I can’t wait to read what you write.


The Flying Chalupa May 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm

So true – just do it! Write! Write! Write! I’ve been mulling it over – starting a big “project” – but yeah, the plot ideas. Where can I buy one?


Shannon May 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm

“Turns out, to be a writer, you must actually write.”

Who knew? 😉

You have SO got this.


Amanda Hoving May 30, 2012 at 7:24 am

Good for you! Deadlines can be our friends. It will be a great experience. Write, write. Right?


Melissa B. June 25, 2012 at 7:40 am

I think Twitter has made me lazy! I just started back in the blogosphere, myself. What’s the opposite of withdrawal?


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