Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Ashley Nixon

Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.


Today I’m eager to welcome Ashley Nixon, whose book is coming out on April 23rd, 2014!

Welcome Ashley!


Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

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Ashley Nixon

I work as a student Library Assistant at the University of Oklahoma. I love to write Fantasy. Mainly my hobby is writing, but I enjoy finding ways to improve my healthy lifestyle whether it be with food or exercise. As far as hidden talents are concerned, my boyfriend says I’m observant and I make delicious food. Lol.

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

Two places—my desk and my bed.

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Ashley’s workspace

2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

I got my desk from Craigslist. A teacher was selling it for $20 and I needed a corner desk. As for arranging my work area, I have moved it once. The first time, it was in a corner with no windows, the second time, I moved it to the windows. I wanted it to feel peaceful and quaint. I added things to organize my folders and my massive collection of pens and markers. I wanted to display my awards, and I wanted Christmas lights to hang over my head…because I love them.


3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

Some important things are my pictures—there’s one of my Daddy and me—he’s my motivation. He’s never told me I couldn’t be a writer, and believes that I can do anything. I also have a frame that says “Writer at Work” from a very good friend who always keeps me motivated, and my diplomas and awards from school. I like to have music on and a blanket, too, while I write.

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Important things on Ashley’s desk


4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

I love where it’s at—near the windows, and I love the lights, especially on dreary days. They always seem to brighten the space. If I am working on my bed, I love my wall of outlines. I tape paper to the walls and use markers to outline my book. I add whatever I want—like pictures and random things to keep my inspiration going. My favorite objects as well as things I use often are my writing journals and my computer.


5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

Tea! Preferably Earl Gray Green Tea.

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On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

My favorite authors would have to be J.R.R. Tolkien and Oscar Wilde. J.R.R. Tolkien inspired me to write. I read the Lord of the Rings and wanted to create a world just like that.


2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

Well, my bed must be made before I wrote, especially if I am sitting on it and writing. I have to work in the evenings after I get off work and finish my workouts. I usually make a cup of tea and sit down with my headphones in. Sometimes, if I am not feeling the story, I go back and edit so when I get to my stopping place, I’m ready to go.


3.  Do you write everyday?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I write everyday, yes…even if it’s just a few lines in my writing journals. I spend the whole evening writing usually, between distractions like the Internet and the boyfriend (who likes to put his face in my face when I’m writing). I’d say around…5 hours or so?


4. Why do you write?

I write because I want to inspire people with my worlds like J.R.R. Tolkien did for me. I’m convinced he changed the course of my life—after I read LOTR, I had goals. I know people in college at the moment who don’t know what they want to do with their life, and I’ve never been that person since I decided I wanted to be a writer. I had a friend who told me once that my motivation inspired her. It was the most gratifying feeling in the world.


5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

I know everyone says it, but never give up and learn to take constructive criticism. I am a better writer today than I was a year ago and I know it. The criticism I took was tough but I persevered and I’m more in love with my book than ever.

I have always liked: “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” –Anton Chekhov





Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your writing life,  Ashley!

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.




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28 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Ashley Nixon”

  1. Loved learning about Ashley and how she fits in writing with work and keeping healthy by exercising. I’m impressed with how much she gets done at night.

  2. I was looking through my RSS reader and went “Ashley Nixon on the Writing Nut? Is that *my* Ashley Nixon?” Ashley and I actually met in person at the OWFI conference back in May.

    I find it amusing that Tolkien inspired Ashley to write, because he inspired me to write as well.

  3. Shelly says:

    Love the Christmas lights!

    Hugs and chocolate,

  4. Southpaw says:

    Nice to meet you Ashley. I’ve never had Earl Grey Green, I’ll have to look for it.

  5. LD Masterson says:

    Very nice interview. I like your writing corner. I couldn’t write on my bed, though. I’d get the urge to take a nap.

  6. Ashley, congratulations on the release of your book. I too like being organized when I write. And the journals, my favorite things too! Good luck, and yes constructive criticism – important!

  7. Very peaceful and quaint Ashley. Thanks for the peek!

  8. Great to meet you, Ashley, and see your space. I love the twinkly lights – I may have to think about that :)

    Great interview!

  9. What a pretty space! I always have to re-read the last few pages I wrote to get back into the flow on the new day. Isn’t it funny how much alike we writers are?

  10. ava quinn says:

    Thanks for such a fun glimpse into your writing life, Ashley! 😀

    And as always, Nutschell, a wonderfully generous interview! :)

  11. Nicole says:

    Such a fun interview! Love those Christmas lights and hearing about Ashley’s influences in writing. 😉

  12. Lisa Carr says:

    Great post, Ashley! I also love Tolkien.

  13. Leandra says:

    Yay! I love seeing other writer’s spaces. The Christmas lights are so pretty! Maybe I need some of my own… =)

  14. Ashley Nixon says:

    Thank you, Nutschell for having me!! And thank you to everyone for your awesome comments! <3

  15. Ooh, I LOVE Ashley’s hair! That’s totally what I wanted to do for my book launch this weekend, but certain people thought it wouldn’t be a good idea for me to dye part of my hair purple 😉
    Her bedroom is so pretty with those fairy lights.

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