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Readers’ Favorite 5 Star Review for The Proposal: A Leap of Faith

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Please read the wonderful 5 Star Review by Rosie Malezer at:

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“This is my all-time favorite review of any of my books!”

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Five Essentials of An Author Website by Cheryl Holloway

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Five Essentials of An Author Website

Since I wrote the last article on Author Websites, many authors have written me and asked the question, ‘What Are The Essentials of An Author Website?’ So, today, I’m going to answer that question to the best of my ability.

  1. Think About the future of your website

Think ‘Big’ and act like you’re already famous. I can’t remember who said this, but the idea stuck in my head.  I know, as a new author, you may be on a limited budget, but think about the future. Do not limit the design. I suggest getting a website with yourauthorname.com or if someone has your domain name, get yourauthorname.net (like I did).

You can also use a free domain, such as yourname.wordpress.com. Or use a free website, such as wix.com

I suggest that most writers do as I did and do it right from the beginning by hiring a web designer and put your best foot forward. Remember, you only get one first impression. I advise you to have one page done right and you can expand it later, once you start selling books. Brand yourself and make your website and blog look alike, so readers can recognize you.  All of this means something to the reader—you look consistent and you look professional.

  1. Your Book Cover is Extremely Important

Make sure your book cover is done by a professional graphic designer. Do not try to do it yourself, unless you are a graphic designer. The cover will define your brand as an author. It will be the primary visual brand for your readers to identify you. You must put your professional foot forward. Do not ask your niece, nephew or grandson to design it.  Pay hard-earned money to have your book cover designed. There is no exception to this rule!

  1. Make Sure Your Website is Mobile Friendly

Today, most people use their phone to google an author, then they check out your website on their laptop. A few readers may even use their PC, but be prepared and make sure that your website looks good on any of their devices. Check mine out. This isn’t hard to do for a professional web designer, and they can do it fast. So, once again, get it done right!

  1. Your Author Website is not a Catch-all

Your website should target only readers of your books. Do not mix your passion for crocheting with your books. Get a separate website for your crocheting. So, your author website needs to remain true to your goal—your books and nothing else.

The only exception to this is if you write in two very different genres, such as Mystery/Thriller and Romance, or if you write under two different pen names, then you will need two separate websites. Of course, you can always provide a link between the two websites. Keep your author website just that—an author website—preferably for one genre.

  1. Your Author Website is there to Connect with Your Readers

This author website says it all.

The main purpose of your Author Website is to connect with your Reader Fans. Do I need to repeat that? The main purpose of your Author Website is to connect with your Reader Fans.

First and foremost, your Reader Fans need a way to contact you. I have my email address pasted all over my website and my blog. You can easily contact me with my easy author email address. AuthorCherylHolloway@gmail.com Do not use cute email addresses, such as. Pookie52190@yahoo.com or Twinkletoes15@hotmail.com. Your readers are not going to remember the cute email address. Personally, my pet peeve is a website where I send the author an email, never knowing whether they will answer it in the next 90 days or not. I suggest using an email address that the Reader Fan can easily contact  you. Use one that you will check at least every 2 days. You can always say that you are in the middle of a big re-write and will get back to them in one week, but do so. Remember, your readers are your bread and butter. Treat them like family (or better!).

Second, you need to be able to contact your Reader Fans when you release your next book. You can contact them and tell about your New Book Launch. Better yet, you can send them a free or reduced price book and solicit book reviews on Book Launch Day. Most of the Reader Fans will buy your new book and those are easy sales that you made with just a few emails. You can sell hundreds of books this way. Plus, book sales and book reviews on Book Launch Day push you up on Amazon’s Bestseller List. This is a win-win situation.

And last, but not least, you don’t need to be a social media junkie to have a successful author website. Your author website can connect you to social media by having a link to your Facebook page and your Twitter page. You can make your website sharable to both Facebook and Twitter.

So, that’s my take on the five essentials of an Author website. Let me know what you think about the topic.

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Cheryl Holloway Says, “An Author Website is Your Billboard to the World!”

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An Author Website is Your Billboard to the World!

If you are an author who is serious about your writing career, especially about making it a business and writing more than one book, then you need a website, so you can keep in touch with your readers and they can keep in touch with you. So, if you are a serious author, there is a requirement for you to have a website, because it is your billboard to the world!

Even in this age of social media, having a website is really very important to an author. Yes, having a website is one of the key ways readers can find out about new books by an author. Facebook and Twitter accounts help readers find an author, but in terms of new book discovery, author websites are much more influential and provide author credibility.

Nowadays, if you want to find an author, readers will usually just google their name. When you type in the author name, his or her website is the first thing that pops up. The first result in a Google search is reason enough to have an author website.

This visibility is priceless!

Having your own author website also gives you the opportunity to capture reader’s name and email address, so you can begin building your mailing list for future book releases or to build a newsletter list. The mailing list is extremely important for any author, new or established.  Readers who give you their name and email address are telling you that they are interested in you as an author and want to read your books.

If you have an author website, you can tell your readers facts about yourself that they may be interested in, which are not included in your bio. This creates a bond and friendship between the author and the reader. Today, many readers want connectivity with authors who write books that they love and cherish.

In a future blog post, I will share more information on an author website—a free website versus a paid website. Also, I will share more information on an author website with or without a blog connected to the website.

Just a thought…Authors Need A Website.

Let me know what you think about this topic.

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Cheryl Holloway on International Pay It Forward Day April 28, 2017

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International Pay It Forward Day

Today is International Pay It Forward Day and I pay it forward 365 days a year. I am Cheryl Holloway, author and writer, and I am always in the Pay-It-Forward spirit of gratitude,

As most of you know, I have been paying it forward to other authors for well over a decade. I began to pay it forward with the internet radio show, Just About Books Talk Show, where I provided a one-hour live interview with authors about their books. I started the show in 2005 because I had a hard time getting the information out about my book, A Forgotten Negro League Star: A Personal Look at Al Burrows.

Then, I started my blog in 2013 to promote my romance books: Cougar Tales: Father and Son; Cougar Tales: The Italian Basketball Player; Cougar Tales: Jamaican Love; The Proposal: A Leap of Faith; and A Sisterhood of Women Living Life: A Short Story Collection Book 1.  So, once again I decided to pay it forward with Guest Author Interviews for any author from unknown Indie authors to well-known celebrity authors.

Of course, I wanted to make sure that I interviewed the originator of Pay-It-Forward and asked Catherine Ryan Hyde to be a Celebrity Guest Author on my blog. She agreed and the rest is history.

You can read Catherine Ryan Hyde’s interview here: http://www.cherylholloway.net/blog/2014/07/25/celebrity-guest-author-interview-catherine-ryan-hyde/

Remember: Every act of kindness creates a ripple effect that spreads from person to person with no end in sight.

So, on my blog, I “Pay it Forward” to other authors by spotlighting them with a Guest Author Interview. I only ask that they too “Pay It Forward” to any other author.

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Seven Sentence Sunday with Cheryl Holloway

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Most of my readers enjoy Seven Sentence Sunday and often request the short stories. 

I write a short story using only seven sentences. I also use this as a writing exercise in the writing workshops that I present. 

Title: A Closer Relationship With My Father

The young man had gotten into serious trouble and was afraid that his father would be mad at him.

His father saw him upset and crying uncontrollably.

The young man knew that his father would be angry with him—again.

But instead, his father forgave him, and comforted him with a firm hug; after all they had been through a lot.

He put his arms around the young man and told him that they would work it out together.

His dad told him how much he loved him and the young man realized that he and his father now had a better loving and understanding relationship than he had ever imagined.

The young man knew that his communication and relationship with his father was better than ever…his heavenly Father.

The End

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5 Reasons To Get Your Book Featured on Cheryl Holloway’s Blog Today!

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Book lovers, readers and fans of Cheryl Holloway’s Blog are already visiting the blog to check out new and recently released books, so make it easy for them to find and purchase your books! Thanks to all of the authors who have been previously featured on Cheryl Holloway’s Blog!

Here are five reasons to get your book featured on Cheryl Holloway’s Book Blog.

Affordable- The number 1 reason is that it is F-R-E-E for any author. I pay it forward to authors all over the world. We have featured hundreds of U. S. authors (celebrities and unknowns) and over 60 authors from other countries. Join us!

Great Visibility- Let Cheryl Holloway find new readers for your book. Over the last 3 ½ years, Cheryl Holloway has gained thousands of new readers. Your prospective reader is here on Cheryl Holloway’s Blog, so make it easy for them to discover your book. We provide links to your book on Amazon, your Amazon Author Page and your website. (We link to Amazon because Amazon.com reaches over 102 million US people monthly.)

Convenient- The Guest Author Interview is entirely by email. I send the author 12-18 questions, and a reasonable deadline date. The author provides a recent .Jpeg photo or avatar and answers the questions.  Once you submit the information, you’re done. Our team does the rest and if there is anything missing, we will contact you directly.

Guaranteed Exposure- Receive guaranteed exposure to Cheryl Holloway’s readers and fans; be featured on Cheryl Holloway’s Facebook page, and Cheryl Holloway’s Twitter page. Gain new book buyers, readers and reviewers.

Indie Authors Welcome- Cheryl Holloway is not backed by any traditional publisher. We independently focus on promoting books that our readers will enjoy. Our goal is and will always be to connect readers with potential books and great authors—whether traditionally published or self-published.

Cheryl Holloway Says- Yes, I’m currently open for many guest author requests and a few book review requests from authors, publishers, and fellow readers. Please understand that I receive a great deal of requests.  I cannot possibly accommodate every book or every author. (But I try!)  I can’t wait to spotlight the next bestseller!

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Seven Sentence Sunday with Cheryl Holloway

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Most of my readers enjoy Seven Sentence Sunday and often request the short stories. 

I write a short story using only seven sentences. I also use this as a writing exercise in the writing workshops that I present. This writing prompt is from my writer’s group, Accokeek Womens Writing Group.

Title: Spring Greenery—Symbolic of New Beginnings

I love spring because it is a refreshing and revitalizing time after a long, cold winter.

The trees and the grass are fresh and green with all of the plants and flowers blossoming.

It starts with the Cherry Blossom season that spills over with warm sunlight, bright colors and delicate fragrances.

Ahh…the smell of spring greenery brings a new beginning for nature and me.

I’m ready to make some changes that are long overdue in my writing and in my life.

So, I’ve begun writing a new book and I’m trying to get myself ready to recycle all of the old stuff.

Yes, I’m ready for a new journey…California, here I come.

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Cheryl Holloway’s Blog Giveaway Reminder

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To Celebrate this milestone of 500 Blog Posts and 500 Tweets, I am going to giveaway these prizes to three lucky winners! All you have to do to enter this amazing giveaway is to:

  1. leave a comment below to win and email me your email address;
  2. after you win, review the books on Amazon

It’s just that simple!

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Winners will be randomly selected on Jan 28. Winners will be announced and prize delivered on Jan 31. 

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Cheryl Holloway’s Giveaway Celebrating 500 Blog Posts

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Win Two eBooks by Author Cheryl Holloway and $10 Starbucks Gift Card

To Celebrate this milestone of 500 Blog Posts and 500 Tweets, I am going to giveaway these prizes to three lucky winners! All you have to do to enter this amazing giveaway is to:

  1. leave a comment below to win and email me your email address;
  2. after you win, review the books on Amazon

It’s just that simple!

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Winners will be randomly selected on Jan 28. Winners will be announced and prize delivered on Jan 31.

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Seven Sentence Sunday with Cheryl Holloway

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Most of my readers enjoy Seven Sentence Sunday and often request the short stories. This year is no different.

I write a short story using only seven sentences. I also use this as a writing exercise in the writing workshops that I present. Last night, as the TV was watching me write, I was inspired to write these stories. Of course, they are inspired by true incidents on the news. 

 

Title: I Told You So…

She had been physically abused by her husband for over ten years and she just couldn’t take it any longer.

He always showered her with gifts of love and apologized for hurting her.

She had prayed and prayed that God would intervene, but she finally had to call the police and file charges against him.

He came to court in his work uniform and always convinced the judges to let him go on some technicality.

She had taken enough and decided to get a restraining order.

She quickly and happily moved to safer quarters.

A week later, the police found her dead and next to her body was a note from her husband—the minister.

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Title: The Ball                    

The children were so happy, Santa had bought them a ball for Christmas.

It had snowed, but now in January the snow was melting and the weather was much warmer.

The boys begged their mother to go outside and play with their new ball in the yard.

She finally agreed after she had explained that they had to be safe and not let the ball roll into the street.

She carefully watched the children play from the front door and smiled as they enjoyed throwing the ball to each other.

The mother turned and ran into the kitchen for a split second to check on the dinner, when she heard a car’s tires screech.

Her sons ran into the house, and the older boy said, “Mom, we didn’t go after our ball in the street like you told us and the nice man stopped his car and got our ball for us!”

The End

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Cheryl Holloway’s Personal Writing Thoughts for the New Year

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Some of my fans and readers are on the One Year Book Plan. If you are you are, you should have written 8 pages or 2,000 words. Yay!

Some of my fans and readers are on the Write When You Can Plan, who tend to write most on weekends.

My thoughts are this, “I don’t care when or how much you write, as long as you write and you recognize that ‘Writers write.’”

Cheryl Holloway’s Personal Writing Thoughts

I firmly believe in My 3 P’s of Writing—passion, persistence, and practice. Here are my definitions:

Passion is a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something.

Persistence is firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.

Practice is repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill so as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it.

 

Writing can be a lonely situation.

 

My downfall of writing is that I am alone most of the time, but at least I’m in good company. Since I am an introvert, it doesn’t really matter to me. When I come up for air, I visit with my writer friends, family and others. I have a sign in my office that reads: I live in my own little world, but it’s okay…they know me here!

When all else fails…I am still a Writer!

 

 

Cheryl Holloway’s Best Writing Tip and Best Writing Advice…Ever!

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Cheryl Holloway’s Best Writing Tip Ever!

If you write 1 page a day (approximately 250 words) for one year, you will have more than enough pages (365) and words (91,250) for a book.

How many days will you spend writing in 2017?

Cheryl Holloway’s Best Writing Advice Ever!

There are 525,600 minutes in a year. If you write 60 minutes (1 hour) a day for 365 days, you will have written for 21,900 minutes

How many minutes will you spend writing in 2017?

My 2017 Wish for You “is you will find the time to write the book you were meant to write during 2017. You can go from being a writer to being an author.

You can make 2017 your best writing year, EVER!”

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Question: Have you ever wanted to write a book?

Fact: 82% of Americans say they want to write a book, but only 2% actually write one!

The Truth: Most people believe they have a book in them just waiting to emerge; however, they fail to ever write it. They only dream of writing a book. For most people, that dream never becomes a reality and a written word never reaches the page.

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Getting Started: What people don’t realize is getting started is easier than you think. And…I can show you how.

Fact: I know how good writing makes me feel, and I do believe that most people will benefit from writing their book…and seeing a completed product.

Learn how you can go from Writer to Author and from Dream to Reality!

I can show the writer how to produce written pages and how to begin book building.

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If you feel overwhelmed by the thought of writing the book you’ve always dreamed about, then you need to contact me and find out the secret that I have for getting started today and…completing your book in the near future!

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Cheryl Holloway Celebrates Veterans Day 2016

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Veterans Day Celebrates the Service of All U.S. Military Veterans

On Veterans Day, put out your flags, cheer the marchers at parades, and go to tributes. But when you wake up the next day, Nov. 12, remember that it’s still Veterans Day for our veterans — and it will be every day of their lives.                                                 — Gen. Colin L. Powell, (Ret.)

 

If you know me, then you know that I am from a military family (several generations), and that I support the military all year long.  I am a firm believer…“Supporting Veterans Shouldn’t Only Happen on Veterans Day.”

Be reminded of the sacrifices military men and women in our country make and that for a combat veteran, the fight doesn’t end when the war does.

I think it’s critical that we’re giving back to our veterans. And remember that they need our help and recognition all year long, not just on Veterans Day.

So, there is no better way to appreciate veterans than to give back. If you can’t give back to them personally, give to an organization that supports veterans. Some organizations that help military vets and military families are Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, The American Legion, Vietnam Vets of America and Wounded Warriors. A new organization seems to appear with each new generation of military vets. So, I’m asking that you do your best to support at least one organization.

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On this Veterans Day I ask, “What have you been doing to support our troops?”

God Bless our men and women in service—their dedication will never be forgotten.                                                                   ~Cheryl Holloway

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It’s NaNoWriMo Time, Again!

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NaNoWriMo Goal: writing 50,000 words in 30 days with over 300,000 writers

Fact: Only 14% complete the challenge

My writing life at the moment is far too busy to write a new book for NaNoWriMo this year.  So, I will join the Rebels in revising the book I wrote late year. With that being said, I encourage you to write a book—50,000 words—in 30 days. I was gung ho and tried it last year; however, due to difficulties, I only got about 33,000 words written. For me, November is a busy month with so many other things to do.

For those of you who are ready to get that book written, and hopefully published, here are the links to two great blog posts that tell you everything you need to know about NaNoWriMo with Patrise Henkel, our in-house expert.

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Patrise Henkel, NaNoWriMo In-house Expert

How to Succeed at NaNoWriMo

Link: http://www.cherylholloway.net/blog/2014/10/27/guest-author-patrise-henkel-discusses-how-to-succeed-at-nanowrimo/

How to Succeed at NaNoWriMo, Year 2

Link: http://www.cherylholloway.net/blog/2015/11/02/guest-author-patrise-henkel-discusses-how-to-succeed-at-nanowrimo-year-2/

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Accokeek Women’s Writing Group has some upcoming events in the Maryland Area. If you are nearby, please join us.

Here’s the link: https://womenspages.wordpress.com/2016/10/29/nanowrimo-at-awwg-beyond/

Yes, Patrise is participating again this year. After 4 years of rough drafts, Patrise has learned just how tough revising can be. So, for NaNoWriMo 2016, she’s joining the Rebels (those who aren’t writing a new novel) and REVISING her 2013 book, This Island Home.

Here is the link to get started: http://nanowrimo.org/

Please email me and let me know if you are participating; and of course, your title and the number of words you wrote. I will offer a Guest Author Interview to anyone who writes a book during NaNoWriMo and publishes it. Good Luck!

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Treasured Compliments From Another Author

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A Compliment for Cougar Tales Box Set Books 1-3 

It was a straight up, unsolicited, complimentary email sent for no other reason than to say, “Hey, I’m enjoying your book.”  I pay it forward all the time, but believe me when I receive a compliment like this I am overjoyed.

I have to tell you, that simple email put a big smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart. It made my day. And it probably only took her a couple of minutes to write.

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This is what transpired…

Sep 16

Also, may I show my appreciation by purchasing, reading, and reviewing one of your books? Just let me know which one you’d like for me to review. Thanks again, Jada

Later that day…

I just purchased the box set and opened it in my reader. I immediately got drawn into Joi and Jon’s story. Wow, I’m just a few pages in, but it’s wonderful. Jon’s dad is getting on my last nerve 😉 I know what I’ll be doing tonight…spending it with Jon and Joi!

My response…

Thanks. I’m glad you’re enjoying the story. Cheryl

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 5 Stars Theme, Theory, and Trademark By Jada Ryker Verified Purchase

This review is from: Cougar Tales Series: Box Set Book 1-3 (Kindle Edition)

Joi is a smart woman who knows what she wants. She doesn’t settle for anything less than what she desires and deserves.

I love her three T’s…theme, theory, and trademark.

Her theme is age is just a number. Her theory is to enjoy who you enjoy and be happy. Her trademark is a purple rose. The rose looks fantastic against her ice-white suit.

The three stories explore Joi’s vitality and zest for life. Events take unexpected turns at times. Joi manages to turn with them. She is a survivor.

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Joi resonated with me, and I continue to think about her. You did a great job with her and her stories! Jada

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Believe me, an unsolicited compliment is powerful. I’m sure that every one of us comes across opportunities like this every day. But do we act on them?

Make someone’s day with an unsolicited compliment. It’s warm and touching like a virtual hug. 😉

And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this box set, I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Overcoming Procrastination and…Becoming A Writer

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How many of you are Aspiring Writers? 

Now, I’m going to give you the definition of an aspiring writer.

Aspiring writers are the people who sit watching their favorite show on TV or those who spend eight hours on facebook, all the while saying, “One day, I want to write that novel!”

Now, how many of you, who are aspiring writers, have written a novel?

None

Why? Because Aspiring Writers are Procrastinators

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Why do so many people procrastinate when it comes to writing?

The #1 reason is that most aspiring writers make excuses for not writing.  Such as, I don’t have enough time. I work. I can only write on weekends.

The #2 reason is they don’t make a plan to implement their writing and act on it. Such as, I don’t have enough time to start writing today. I will start writing my book next year. I don’t really need a plan to write.

The #3 reason is that they have poor time management skills. Such as, I will start writing tomorrow, because I have to watch the basketball game today.

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Remember: If it can be done tomorrow, it can be done today.

Procrastination leads to feelings of anxiety and stress, fatigue, and disappointment from falling below your own standards and having to put your life on hold for extremely long periods of time.

Procrastination can be hard on you and actually increase your chances of failing, but so many aspiring writers do it anyway.

So, what can you do to overcome your tendencies to procrastinate?

Five Simple Steps

Step One: Awareness– You must understand the reasons why you procrastinate. Most people can’t come up with an effective solution, if they don’t really understand the root of the problem. As with most problems, awareness and self-knowledge are the keys to figuring out how to change. In your case, how to stop procrastinating when it comes to writing.

Step Two: Commitment- You start simply by committing to write. Period. Say to yourself, “I am a writer.” Then, complete a small task, any task, and write it down. Finish it and reward yourself. It’s just that simple. Focus on starting your writing project, rather than finishing it. People who write down their task tend to finish them. Make a “to do” list and when you finish something on the list, check it off or X it out. You will feel so much better.

Step Three: Motivation- In order to overcome procrastination, it’s critical that you stay motivated to be productive. Tell your best friend that you want to write a book and you need her to call you once a week and check on you and your progress.

Step Four: Set Goals– You must make reasonable and doable goals. You must be realistic when making goals. Achieving goals and changing habits takes time and effort (usually 21 days); don’t sabotage yourself by having unrealistic expectations that you cannot reasonably meet.  Such as, I’m going to write the first ten chapters this week. You need to take action and ten chapters will only frustrate you. It’s not the thought that counts — it’s the action. You must take action to make your goals and dreams a reality.

Step Five: Time Management- In order to overcome procrastination, some time management techniques and tools will help. Break big tasks into smaller tasks. Instead of having one giant task, break it down to four smaller tasks. Instead of saying, “I’m going to write for four hours today.”  Say, “I’m going to write for one hour today. When I accomplish that, then maybe I’ll write an additional 15 minutes.”

The truth is you are not procrastinating, but you are deciding not to write.  Ultimately, you make time for the things you want to do.

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