At hope*writers, we love to highlight our members and their writing progress. This month, we’re celebrating writer Ashley Olivine.
We asked Ashley to tell us about her writing journey as a hope*writer. Here’s Ashley’s story in her own words.
I had lunch with a publisher at a business retreat about four years ago. We chatted, and she encouraged me to share my story in her collaboration book. Hesitantly, I embarked on the journey. As the words spilled out of me, I realized there were people out there in need of what I had to offer. As soon as it was published, I knew I had to write a novel, but I still didn’t consider myself a writer. Joining hope*writers and diving in was when I started to actually call myself a writer. Before that, I didn’t really believe it.
My writing community is everything. It has helped me identify as a writer, get into a good writing routine, and stick with my manuscript when things get tough. Most importantly, these people have been friends in my times of need.
The writing content is valuable, and the people are so incredibly kind and supportive. Hope*writers is a positive environment that supports writing progress.
I have devoured content from the online library, connected with hope*writers using the directory, and built genuine friendships and support networks through hope*circles.
Ashley’s big win after joining hope*writers was writing a draft of her first novel! She says, “I finished the first draft of my novel’s manuscript — over 100,000 words. (I promise I’m cutting some during the editing process).”
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