As we all know, a new year is the perfect time for such resolutions as writing. Whether it’s getting back to an unfinished project or starting a new one, we can all use a little inspiration to get our creative energies jump-started in 2022.
Fortunately, many of our wonderful Ashland Creek Press authors are busy writing, and they have wonderful advice for us all. Read on to learn how some of your favorite authors are staying inspired!
Olivia Chadha’s novel, Balance of Fragile Things, was published by Ashland Creek Press in 2012. Her YA debut, Rise of the Red Hand, was published by Erewhon Books February 2021. Forthcoming from Olivia is its sequel, FALL OF THE IRON GODS, in May 2022; a short story in THE GATHERING DARK, a YA folk horror anthology edited by Tori Bovalino, also in 2022; and a short story in the YA desi anthology, MAGIC HAS NO BORDERS, edited by Sona Charaipotra and Samira Ahmed, in 2023.
Thanks so much to Catherine, Olivia, Mindy, Jean, Katy, and Cassie for these fantastic tips! I’ve got my own brief bit of advice to add: Be an everyday writer. By this I mean: Find a way to stay connected to your work even when you’re not able to sit down in the chair; everyday writing refers to paying attention to your writing, or simply the creative process, as you go about your regularly scheduled life — for example, by witnessing the world around you, by eavesdropping (I’ve gotten the best story ideas this way!), by closely observing people and places and atmosphere, and — most important — jotting it all down where it’ll be available to you when you need it.