Build Your Writing Life
Creating a Sustainable Writing Habit
In your dreams, you write every day, usually in a gorgeous coffee shop or maybe sitting in a field of flowers while sipping iced tea.
But that’s not what actually happens.
What really happens is that every day you decide you will for sure write only to spend your time:
- Chasing children, laundry and dishes, in that order.
- Slogging through your 9 to 5 only to come home exhausted.
- Slumping on to the couch at the end of the day with zero creative energy left.
- Falling prey to the siren call of Netflix...or a good book...or anything that doesn’t require you to think.
But what if things could be different?
What if you could fit writing in around the daily routine of adulting?
What if you got to the end of the day still excited to pick up a pen and wander through your story worlds?
What if you actually made writing a habit and finally started to make progress on your writing dreams?
Introducing Build Your Writing Life, a course designed to help you create a sustainable writing habit that is life giving and consistent.
You will get personalized support from the instructor (Ashly Hilst, a certified book coach), a community of other writers going through the course alongside you, workbooks and worksheets that guide you through the course, culminating in a Writing Life Blueprint that sets up an individualized writing practice that you love.
Hey! I'm Ashly. I spend my time with my hair in a messy bun, chasing a rambunctious four-year-old, and writing in miraculous minutes that I mined like precious jewels from my day. I'm an Author Accelerator certified book coach and I've been teaching writing in one form or another for four years. I guess it started with reading Dickens at the tender age of twelve, writing my first novella at ten (it was um, self-published...with a stapler...and a homemade cover...). But stories followed me through college when I got my BA in English Literature and into my career teaching high school English and through my transition into freelance writing and editing.
This course is a result of years of learning how to fit writing in the margins of my life. One day I realized it didn't belong in the margins at all and that was the beginning of me creating my writing life. Now I want to help you learn how to do the same.
Here’s what you get in this course:
- Face your inner critic and self doubts, so you can write with peace and confidence.
- Create a vision for your writing life, so your writing practice has purpose and focus.
- Shift your expectations about what a writing practice looks like, so you can give yourself grace and refill your creative tank in your practice regularly.
- Gain practical tools to help you make writing a habit that sticks--for real this time.
PLUS, you’ll also get:
- Instant access to the private course Facebook group.
- A printable Writing Life Blueprint by the end of the course that details your writing vision, writing space, writing goals, and more.
- Instant access to the Inkling Secret Library filled with freebies and downloads to support you in your writing practice.
I’m Ashly, and I serve writers like you who dream of writing a book and sharing it with others. You see, I believe that stories are a source of inexhaustible hope -- and so we need all the stories in the world that we can get. Which means your story--the one you've been dying to write--is desperately needed.
And my credentials? Well. I thought you'd never ask. I have a B.A. in English literature, 3 years of experience teaching writing, and a year of freelance editing experience. I am an Author Accelerator certified book coach and am part of the Author Accelerator coaching team.
Stories are my thing. I read them, eat them, drink them, sleep them. I listen to podcasts about writing for fun and can't help but dissect what's working in a story as I read it. It's like having a sixth sense -- let's call it my story sense because I'm also wickedly creative. But don't take my word for it. Check out what happy writers are saying about working with Ink & Grace.
In section one, we dig in to the emotions and mental blocks that you have in your writing life. We talk about your inner critic and the lies you believe about writing and your worth as a writer. We face them head on and give you a chance to start the journey of embracing your identity as a writer.
In section two, we take a practical look at where writing fits into your life and give you tools and techniques for making writing a habit. This section is based on solid research by habit guru James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, and will take your writing habit from inconsistent to consistent with just a few simple tweaks.
Section three is all about what your writing practice should look like. We figure out why you are driven to write (instead of, I don't know, knitting?). We craft a vision for your writing life, because you can't write it all and you finding your unique vision will keep you motivated in your practice. We also learn that a writing practice consists of way more than just writing and that you can grant yourself freedom from writing "drudgery."
At the end of section three, you take all of your work and brainstorms and put them together in to one beautiful unique writing practice blueprint. This blueprint helps you outline how and where to write, what to write about, how to celebrate your writing, set your project goals, and more.
Lastly, we conclude with section four, digging into important pillars to build your writing practice on.
Each section includes printables, worksheets, and videos to guide you through the course. See the course outline below!