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Writer Friends Challenge: Day 10 – Plotter or Pantser

It’s Day 10 of the Writer Friends Challenge!

Day 10 – Plotter or Pantser: I am 100% a plotter! When I was very young and was desperate to write something longer than a short story, I dove in with Chapter 1 of my novel. I made it into about two chapters, and then I just had no clue what was going to happen after that. I put that story aside for a shockingly long time before I figured out that writing an outline made a world of difference! That’s not to say some things don’t still happen on the fly, and I’m always happy to compensate for the changes that my characters demand, but I really love outlines. It’s like planning a road trip. You’ve got to know where you’re going! You might stop off to see something wild along the way, but how else are you going to know if you should turn right or left out of your driveway?

What about you? Are you a plotter or a pantser?

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Writer Friends Challenge: Day 9 – Author Quote

It’s Day 9 of the Writer Friends Challenge!

Day 9 – Share a favorite author quote: Douglas Adams, the amazing author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and many more great comedic sci-fi books, has been a big influence in my writing life. I don’t necessarily write in his style or genre, but I’ve absolutely adored his books. Here’s one of my favorite quotes from him:

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”

While obviously we all have to deal with deadlines of some sort, I think it’s a fantastic reminder that we all have to write at our own pace. We must do what our story demands!

Do you have a favorite author quote?

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Writer Friends Challenge: Day 8 – Share a Writing Tool or Tip

It’s Day 8 of the Writer Friends Challenge!

Day 7 – Share a Writer Tool or Tip: This is actually a really easy one, because I’m constantly building a great tool that I’m happy to share! Just check out my Writers’ Resources page for information on world and character building, freelancing, and other writing tips.

Do you have a favorite website for writing tips?

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Writer Friends Challenge: Day 7

It’s Day 7 of the Writer Friends Challenge!

Day 7 – A Writer I Admire: While there are many, I’m going to have to go with Tracy Chevalier. I recently finished A Single Thread, though I’ve read quite a few of her other books. Her historical fiction is positively transporting! She puts so much research and emotion into each story, bringing her characters and places fully into life.

Who’s one of your favorite writers?

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Writer Friends Challenge: Day 6

It’s Day 6 of the Writer Friends Challenge!

Day 6 – Share a Writing Dream: In many ways, my dreams about writing have already come true! My writing is a full-time job that pays the bills, plus I get to stay home in my sweatpants all day! However, I’d absolutely love to go on a writing vacation. There’s something about travel that’s incredibly inspiring, and I think it’d be amazing to just go sit by a mountain lake and write all day.

Do you have any writing dreams?

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Writer Friends Challenge: Day 5

It’s Day 5 of the Writer Friends Challenge!

Day 5 – What’s your favorite genre to read or write? I’m ridiculously not picky when it comes to reading! While fantasy and historical fiction are my favorites, I’ll read just about any genre. When I write, I’m all about modern fantasy because I love to find to find a way to inject magic into normal lives.

What’s your favorite genre?

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Writer Friends Challenge: Day 4

It’s Day 4 of the Writer Friends Challenge!

Day 4 – Currently Reading: I’m currently reading The Akashic Records Made Easy by Sandra Anne Taylor. I’m about halfway through it right now. It’s not exactly light reading, but it’s really interesting!

What are you reading?

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Writer Friends Challenge: Day 3

It’s Day 3 of the Writer Friends Challenge! Are you doing any challenges this month?

Day 2 – Morning or Evening Writer: I do believe you can train your brain for the time of day when you want your creativity to come. Right now, since I’m freelancing full time, I’m definitely a morning writer. By the time the evening comes around, I’m too tired to bother!

That’s not to say I don’t get those late-night ideas that simply must be jotted down. Whether or not they make sense in the morning is a tossup!

When do you like to write?

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Writer Friends Challenge: Day 2

Who’s up for a challenge? This is one that was shared by another author friend, and it just looked like too much fun to resist! Sure, it’s geared toward Instagram, but I’m not huge on IG, so I figured I could just as easily do it here! (And I’m a day late, but we don’t have to talk about that part, right?)

Day 2 – Share a writing related moment you’d like to repeat: It’s not always easy to have confidence in your own writing. It doesn’t matter how many books you sell, or how many good reviews you get, or even if you have steady freelance work with clients who are happy to keep you employed. Imposter syndrome is a real thing!

Yesterday, though, I had to read back over a scene I wrote a few weeks ago. And guys, it was good. I mean, really good. If you’re a writer, you know that you don’t always remember exactly what you wrote. I definitely didn’t remember all these words that I’d apparently put down, but I was sure grateful to my past self for doing so! It was one of those moments that makes me go, “Hey, I really do know what I’m doing!”

How about you? If you’re a writer, have you had any fantastic moments you’d like to experience again? I’d love to know about it!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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World Building: Bakery Names

Every fictional town needs a bakery! Where else can your characters stop for a Danish when they’re feeling sad pick up a box of doughnuts for the office? It might also be a great place for a breakup, an important clue, or even just a storefront that your character walks past on their way to something more important.

Of course, you’ve got to name that bakery! Here are a few that I’ve come up with in my writing exercises as I’m world building. I can’t guarantee that they haven’t been used anywhere before, but perhaps they’ll be enough to inspire you.

  • For Cake’s Sake
  • The Sugar Shack
  • Sprinkled with Fun
  • The Frosting Factory
  • Buttercream Dreams
  • Flour Power
  • The Cookie Cutter
  • Babycakes
  • Upper Crust
  • Buns in the Oven (could be particularly cute if the owner has a lot of kids!)
  • Rise to the Occasion
  • The Cakewalk
  • Cookie Crumbles
  • Sugar Shop
  • Loafing Around
  • Sweet Dreams
  • Icing on the Cake
  • You Take the Cake
  • Patty’s Cakes
  • A Slice of the Pie
  • Breaking Bread

What would you add to this list? I’d love to know! I’m sure I’ll be adding more myself, so be sure to check back. Don’t forget to take a peek at my Writers’ Resources page for more inspiration!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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