Author: Ashley Ormon

Published author, poet, and editor. Writing to inform, editing to improve, creating to inspire change.
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Building Your Creative Workspace

Creative workspace

Get rid of the stuffy, boxed-in atmosphere. If you consider yourself artistic, you should have a creative workspace that is engaging and inspirational. Regardless of how big or small your creative lab is, an innovative space makes all the difference. Sunny days make us feel happier, and rainy days gloomy, relaxed, and sleepy. That’s because the …

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Lessons Needed in Starting Your Business

Having a business is fun, exciting, and sometimes, not as shiny as having a nine-to-five job. It is a process. An enjoyable one overall, and here are a few things I learned–and you’ll need to know–in running your business well. 1. Be gracious to yourself You will experience an abundance of highs and lows when …

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Quick Tips on Organizing Your Business

checklist

There is this idea of the messy writers’ desk that has been present for years. It’s true. There are those who work in what drives neat-freaks crazy, but when it comes to business, organization is crucial. Here are four steps to help you kick-start your work week: 1. Organize your day Planning out your day …

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Sneaky writers show, and tell

paint brushes

Kara sat in class slouched over. She frequently glanced at the clock, counting down until when the period would be over. She doodled in her marble notebook and planned out her weekend. The school’s art fair was on Saturday, and she was excited to present her newest paintings. After English class, she’d speak to Mrs. …

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Starting a Freelance Career

Working from Home

Being a freelancer is fun. You get to work for yourself. Yes, you’re right: no boss leaning over your shoulder, or battling the early commute’s traffic. It does have its benefits. According to Forbes and Tech.co, the freelance industry has grown and will continue to drastically. If you’re thinking about becoming a freelancer, or already …

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The Art of Starting (and Finishing)

you are a priority

Is it harder for you to start something new, or finish something old? Most writers struggle with one or the other (if not unfortunately both). But it isn’t only writers who have this issue. It’s people. We either fail to start what we want to do one day, or finally do but never finish. It’s …

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Self-publishing: The Editing Stage

Lesson One for Self-publishing: your book is not finished after you have written it. The second stage in getting your book published is having it professionally edited. This stage is necessary regardless of how great a writer you are.

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How Stephen King and Mark Twain became authors

The Hunger Games, 50 Shades of Grey, Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby, and Mob Dick.   You know what all of these titles have in common? They’re books. Great books — as culture has said — but more than being “great,” they all started the same: a single word written on a blank page. …

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The difference between amateur and professional writers

Art is a discipline. It is a skill. It is a craft. It is something which you must work at regularly, and struggle through the challenges by overcoming one word at a time. Professional writers know this. Amateurs, however, will often say they “write when the muse visits” them. You see, the writers we most …