The Writing Journal

The Writing Journal

Ashley Causey

unnamedWriting a novel is an adventure that is full of twists and turns. At times, it can be exciting and at other times, it can be daunting. This is especially true for me in my journey as a fantasy fiction author. Aside from the mighty pen and paper, my writing journal is an indispensable tool. I use it constantly to keep notes on ideas for new scenes, character biographies, and world building details. A journal is a great brainstorming tool when you do not have other people to discuss your ideas with. It is also fun to look back and revisit how a specific thought changed over time.

While writing my first novel, Flight of the Broken, I used three journals. I keep them both as a reference for my world building in future novels and as a memory book. I love rereading old entries to see how my ideas have changed and how I have changed as a writer. Within the pages, I am free to write as I please though I still try to be grammatically correct. I can also test out concepts for new stories without disrupting current projects. Such ideas are filed away for future creative exploration.

My tip to writers is to keep a writing journal. Never get stuck trying to remember that great idea from earlier. The next time inspiration strikes, you will be ready.

acphotoAshley Causey is a guest author columnist and will be at The Savannah Quill.


Writing contest coming soon.

Are you an aspiring author? Would you like to enter to win an award and recognition for your writing?

The Savannah Quill is hosting a writing contest. Check back soon for the details.


Thank you Advance Auto Pooler!


June 18, 2016

9a – 12p

We are having a car wash/bake sale to help raise funds for the convention to help promote literacy. $5 and up suggested donation for the car wash. Come eat some goodies while you get your car washed.

Advance Auto Parts (Pooler, GA)

1131 Highway 80 W, Pooler, Georgia 31322
You can also make a donation if you would like to and can’t make it.

Welcome Heather Henley!

Heather Henley

Heather Henley

Please help us welcome Heather Henley. She will be a special guest on the journalism panel.

Heather Henley is the editor of Do Savannah, the weekly entertainment guide of the Savannah Morning News. She works extensively with freelance writers and photographers to showcase Savannah’s best arts, music, food and cultural events. Her work involves planning, editing and designing each edition of Do, as well as running and its social media channels. She is a Southern Illinois native and holds a fine arts degree in graphic design from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their menagerie of rescue dogs and cats.


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What: The Savannah Quill Book Convention
Where: Savannah Hilton Garden Inn 5711 Abercorn St, Savannah, Georgia 31405
When: Saturday October 8, 2016 10 am until 6 pm
Cost: Free for kids 13 and under, $10 or 14 and older : $5 for Princess Sweet Tea party.
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Media Contact: Adam Messer, 912-667-3696

The Savannah Quill is hosting its inaugural book convention on Sat. Oct. 8th, 2016, at the Savannah Hilton Garden Inn from 10a – 6p.

The Savannah Quill Convention offers a family friendly event promoting local authors, writers and artists. The convention brings writers and readers together to help promote childhood literacy.

“We will have local authors promoting their books,” said Adam Messer, The Savannah Quill founder, “and Artist Alley, as well lots of fun events for the entire family.”

Special guests include storyteller J’miah Nabawi, Coastal Empire Squad of the 501st Star Wars group, Princess Productions, Comedian Phil Keeling, Authors Joshua Vasquez, Winfield Strock III, Bobby Nash, Arylias Nova and Randyl Bishop. Other guests will be announced as they are booked.

Activities include fun family events such as J’miah Nabawi enthralling children of all ages with his tales. Coastal Empire Squad of the 501st Star Wars group will be taking pictures and reading to the children. The conventions is also hosting a very special Prince & Princess Sweet Tea Party where the children can dress up as their favorite characters and enjoy sweet tea and cookies with the Princess Production. There might even be a superhero or two on hand to help!

The Savannah Quill is actively seeking sponsors, vendors and volunteers. Sponsorships include promotion on our website, social media outlets and newsletter. Vendor tables are available for $50 per table. Volunteer opportunities include our The Savannah Quill Book Club, our convention team and our literacy promotion team.

We are hosting our first fundraiser on June 8, 2016 at Advance Auto in Pooler, GA from 9a – 12p.

Every child deserves to read, Messer said. “As a kid, I loved going to the library and reading. Today, my wife and I take our kids to the library.

“Writers are readers, and readers are leaders.”

For more information, please visit

We look forward to seeing you at The Savannah Quill in Savannah on Oct 8th!

Congratulations Joshua Vasquez!

Josh VasquezI want to give a big shout out to Joshua Vasquez who just won best local book in Connect Savannah. Congratulations Joshua!
Read my Do Savannah article I wrote about him in my column Geek Fringe January 2016!

Prince & Princess Sweet Tea Party



The Savannah Quill proudly presents the Prince & Princess Sweet Tea Party where children of all ages can enjoy cookies and drinks with their favorite Prince & Princesses. Princess Productions  will be reading and playing with the children as well as sing-a-longs to our favorite children’s songs. Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite characters, sing & dance, take their pictures!

Thank you Princess Productions for sponsoring The Savannah Quill! Part of the proceeds go to promote literacy.

TSQ welcomes TNM Publishing!

We are very excited to announce we added a new sponsor. Please help us in welcoming our latest featured sponsor : TNM Publishing.

TNM Logo_V3_2015TNM Publishing is home of The New Magratheans and was founded in 2012 with the goal of creating writing worlds that were immersive, unique, and, most of all, fun to read. To date, TNM boasts five authors in its roster, each with a different writing world or specialty. With a company slogan of “Read Outside the Box” TNM prides itself on doing things just a little differently. The company publishes fiction in two formats; traditional, paperback novels and online serial novels that release up to two chapters a month. For a full product offering, visit for more information on serial novels and why they might just be the best way to enjoy fiction, head over to

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The Savannah Quill welcomes Bobby Nash

The Savannah Quill welcomes Bobby Nash to our convention.

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Bobby Nash

An award-winning author, Bobby Nash writes novels, comic books, short stories, novellas, graphic novels, and the occasional screenplay for a number of publishers and production companies including IDW Publishing, Sequential Pulp Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Moonstone Books, Airship 27 Productions, Pro Se Productions, Raven’s Head Press, Stark Raving Press, Farragut Films, Dark Oak Press, Avatar Press, Fight Card Books, Radio Archives, BEN Books, and more.

Bobby is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers and was named Best Author in the 2013 Pulp Ark


Awards. Rick Ruby, a character co-created by Bobby and author Sean Taylor also snagged a Pulp Ark Award for Best New Pulp Character of 2013. Bobby has also been nominated for the 2014 New Pulp Awards and Pulp Factory Awards for his work. In 2015, Bobby’s novel, Alexandra Holzer’s Ghost Gal: The Wild Hunt won a Paranormal Literary Award in the 2015 Paranormal Awards.

Mark your calendars

The Savannah Quill headerYou are formally invited to attend The Savannah Quill’s first annual book convention.


What: The Savannah Quill Book Convention
Where: Savannah Hilton Garden Inn 5711 Abercorn St, Savannah, Georgia 31405
When: Saturday October 8, 2016 10 am until 6 pm
Cost: Free for kids 13 and under, $10 or 14 and older
More Info: