Cool American writer

Pretty picture, pretty blog!
I found Ashley Nixon
on Twitter and went to her blog, she is a college student who has written many
books, in my books that is deadly! She is a kid in the grand scheme of things
but has accomplished so much. I am honored to host this cool, American writer
on my blog.
PS. America…you rock!

Anyone who reads my blog will know I am a
busy college kid, lol. I am a Senior and pray every year that this will be my
easiest year. That always jinxes me, however, and the semester only gets harder
and busier. I lose track of people I’m supposed to have lunch with, I literally
have to schedule you in if you want lunch. I feel overwhelmed and
slightly…oh, what’s the word?…stuck-up.

At the moment, I have no job. That stresses
me out. I have all sorts of worries from grades, money,  time management to worries about my worries.
Writing is my only escape. Freshman year I was all about having my escape. I
also had GenEd classes and it was easier to not care about school because I
didn’t really like it at that point. The older I’ve gotten, however, the more I
love school and the less I write.

This doesn’t mean I love writing any less
than before. But if feels that way. I found myself in such a terrible rut last
year. All I could do was edited, and I had NO motivation for that. I wondered,
‘Is this normal? Maybe I am losing my love for writing. Maybe I’m not good at
it anymore’. My stress continued to bog me down because I had no way of
releasing it. Because I couldn’t find any inspiration to write or any time, I
began questioning why I wrote in the first place…

I knew why I wrote. Because J.R.R. Tolkien’s
The Lord of the Rings had inspired me to do so. Those books awoke within me a
crazy monster that simply loved words. And I could string them together for
years before I suffered from this type of writers block…or whatever it was.
My brain hurt for ideas and I wanted so badly to share my work, to inspire
someone just as J.R.R. Tolkien, but I feared I was losing my ability to write
as I once did…so effortlessly, almost unconsciously.

But how could I lose something so dear to my
heart? Something that took my stress away and immersed me in a world from which
I didn’t want to return? It was impossible. And it was.

I talked to a professor about my inability to
write something new. To focus on my books. She said I am placing so much of my
creative energy in school, I have literally none to spare elsewhere. I had
found my problem, but no way to solve it.

Over these very confusing years, and after
many attempts to write, edit and rediscover my niche, I tried to start blogs.
Oh, it was impossible! I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about or why I was
beginning it. And I could never quite understand the idea of posting for an
audience that wasn’t there. I wasn’t patient enough to bring the audience to
me, to wait for some amazing followers.

Luckily, my boyfriend has all the patience in
the world and if he were any more laid back he’d be dead. He said start your
blog and just post. Go follow people, post on their blogs, and just wait. I did
just that and slowly I gathered more and more followers and I’m doing stuff
like I’m going today–guest posting on beautiful blogs for amazing people. I’m
surrounded by people I can’t find elsewhere. People who are encouraging and
inspiring. Who help me see that no matter what I write, I’m inspiring in some
way.

No matter what now, whether I find the time
to write or just post a blog, I am writing, releasing my stress and best of
all, I’m inspiring someone. If my book never gets published, at least I know
I’ve touched someone’s life with words. I think that’s the goal of all writers.
We create worlds, foundations for character, we create love and beauty. It’s
all miraculous when someone tells you about what we create, but even more
amazing is when the books we write are opened and escaping the world is
impossible even when the book is closed. It’s simple, but inspiring. 

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Published by Michelle Moloney King

Bookish and paintish! Mother, wife, teacher, and follower of flow.

7 thoughts on “Cool American writer

  1. You keep going, Ashley. Writer's block is just a temporary phase. You'll figure it out. And you have your tweeps like Michelle and I who have your back!

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  2. So nice to see someone form The States here, nice to meet you. Will be going to your blog for sure.

    Finn

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