5 Simple Steps to Writing a Book by Cheryl Holloway

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Cheryl Holloway Asks, “Have You Met Your Writing Goals for 2017?”

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“Have You Met Your Writing Goals for 2017?”

Oh, no. You didn’t get that book written. And…you didn’t finish NaNoWriMo. You’ve fallen behind, and now, you’re beating yourself up…bad!

I know, you’re saying, “I missed my writing goals. I have no motivation. I can’t stay on a writing routine. Besides, it’s almost the end of the year. Why bother? I will do better next year.”

But…Why wait? Let’s get started now and you’ll be ahead of the writing game. You’ll be ready for those 2018 Writing Goals. No more excuses!

Three Simple Tips:

  1. Focus on 1 or 2 Writing Goals.
  2. Create a Simple Action Plan.
  3. Reward Yourself when you Finish a Weekly Goal.

My Suggestion: Instead of writing the whole book, try writing the outline for the book and maybe just writing the first chapter by December 31st with weekly goals that are doable. The rewards can be simple also, like buying that writing book at the used bookstore or a café latte at Starbucks ®.

Be grateful and thankful for what little progress you’ve made. After all, these are baby steps towards making your big goal happen!

Another Simple Tip to Stay on Track:

I would also suggest finding a writing buddy, who you are accountable to them and they are accountable to you. You will keep each other on track for your overall writing goals.

Get started today, don’t wait until January 1st!

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Cheryl Holloway Suggests How to Improve Your Work In Progress

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What should you do to improve your Work In Progress (WIP) after you’ve written the first draft?

Many writers would argue that the hardest part of writing is the first draft, while other writers say it is developing that work in progress. I agree with the later. With NaNoWriMo coming in a few hours, by the end of November you will have completed your first draft of 50,000 words.  And many new or beginning writers want to know what’s next?

Well, here is my suggestion. Try to find new ways to express yourself and your writing. 

So, here are three action steps—they’re not easy, but they are doable:

  1. Have Action Steps for yourself, as the writer

Read and re-read your draft

Then, brainstorm some ideas to make it a better story/novel

  1. Have Action Steps for improving your work

Address a particular aspect of the WIP, such as imagining a love scene; re-imagining the plot; creating enough conflict to keep the reader turning the pages; creating those love/hate characters; creating emotional scenes where readers laugh or cry; and/or creating dialogue that reels readers right into the book.

  1. Have Action Steps for your second draft

Invite feedback from others, such as writer friends, beta-readers and personal friends 

Let me know if these suggestions help you in writing your second draft.

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Six Things You Need to Make Your Book a Best Seller by Cheryl Holloway

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Six Things You Need to Make Your Book a Best Seller

These techniques will work on any kind of book: fiction: romance, mystery, sci-fi, urban fantasy, thriller, etc.; or non-fiction: business or literary work. Any writer can implement these techniques no matter where you are in your writing process, from the first draft to the polished final draft.

  1. A Well-written Book
  2. A Positive Attitude
  3. Inspiration
  4. Motivation
  5. Determination
  6. Target Audience

A Well-written Book – Tell a wonderful story to make readers love you (Fiction). Provide useful information that readers can use (Non-fiction).

Hint: Pull on their emotions—make them laugh or make them cry.

A Positive Attitude – Do not underestimate the power of positive thinking when it comes to your writing. Learn and know your craft by building and enhancing your skills and developing your resources. As a writer, you must build and maintain a positive attitude. Don’t worry about rejections or negative feedback.

Hint: Everyone is not going to like your book.

Inspiration (definition) – the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative (such as writing). Find your inspiration and let it lead you on to better writing. It will also lead you from being a writer to being an author. What inspires most people is “an ordinary person who has done an extraordinary thing.”

Hint: Whether your inspiration is someone or something; big or small; let it lead you on to better writing.

Motivation – According to Writer’s Digest magazine, “Writing takes commitment, self-discipline, and desire.” My passion for writing is my motivation. What’s yours?

Hint: Find a quote about writing and put it near your PC or laptop where you can always glance at it.

My Two Favorite Quotes: 1) I live in my own little world. But it’s okay…they know me here! 2) If there is a book you want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. Toni Morrison

Determination (definition) – a firmness of purpose; resoluteness. As a writer with a mission, you need an unflinching determination. You have goals and deadlines to meet—go for it.

Hint: Don’t give up! No matter what.

Target Audience – The Bible is the only book that is for everyone (and some people will question that). Know who should read your book: What type of people? (Christians, entrepreneurs, etc.) What type of groups? (shoppers, smokers, children, baby boomers, young adults, etc.) What other books do they read? (romance, sci-fi, urban, etc.) Know their demographics: age, income, education, race, gender, marital status, and/or occupation

Hint: Learn as much about your target audience as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am determined to make one of my books a best seller. I promote my books each and every day. It’s only a matter of time for me…how about you?

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Seven Sentence Sunday with Cheryl Holloway

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Seven Sentence Sunday

Once Upon a Time

 

Most of my blog readers and followers 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. 

I’m in the process of trying to move/relocate. Well, this week has been a real dilemma for me or rather an eye-opening situation. We cleaned out the garage and shed, and next is the basement.

So, here is my epiphany.

Title: Baby Boomer Breakthrough

Whether it is decluttering, downsizing or just moving…dejunking is hard!

I’ve accumulated a lot of objects or furniture over time.

I’m holding on to STUFF out of a sense of obligation to the past,

I finally realized I have to let go to create a peaceful and stress-free space for myself.

I have to donate it, sell it, put it on consignment, or just give it away.

It’s so easy to accumulate and soooo hard to get rid of, but…

I have to just let go!

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Keep in mind that this is my perspective. 🙂

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Cheryl Holloway’s Advice for Developing Good Writing Habits

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Did you know that 82% of the people say that they want to write a book, but only 2% actually write a book?

I am an Accountability Writing Coach and today, we are discussing advice that I give to my clients and the students in my Creative Writing Classes.

  1. Be A Winner When Setting Your Goals

You must set goals you can easily achieve. I set weekly goals.

Start out with a simple goal: Within One Week I will… Example: Within One Week, I will write the outline for my fiction book.

As you progress you can make bigger, smarter goals. Years ago, I learned about S.M.A.R.T. Goals. (I can’t remember who to give the credit to, but I didn’t come up with this idea.) These goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound. Example of a SMART Goal: I will write the first chapter of book title with 1,500 words by December 15, 2017.

You want to be successful in reaching your writing goals. I would rather that you write 250 words a day and reach your goal, than strive for 1,000 words a day and never reach your goal. Now, if you write 479 words today and only 251 words tomorrow that is okay, because you still reached your daily goal of 250 words. Note: I advise you not to end your writing session until you have achieved your goal. And that is why a smaller goal is better than a big/fast goal…like writing a book in 30 days. Yes, it can be done, but are you the one to do it.

Remember: A successful author set goals (and deadlines-another blog post).

  1. Be Diligent in Managing Your Writing Time

Did you know that when you write something down, you are 42% more likely to make it happen?

Ask yourself: How often will I write? How long will I write? And then write your goals down.

You must be very specific with yourself about the time you will commit to writing, especially if you want to go from a writer to an author. You must write on a regular schedule—write every day at the same time. Whether it is early morning, late night, or all day, the key is to be consistent in your daily writing. If you need help, keep a chart of daily writing times.

Remember: Writers write.

Month Day Word Goal Words Written
August 1 250 250
2 250 593
3 250 649
4 250 255
5 250 407
6 250 1,528
7 250 1,751

3. Be a Finisher and Complete Your Draft

Ask yourself. What type of writer am I? Am I a pantser? Am I a planner?

A pantser makes the story up as they go along. A planner plots the story, usually with an outline.

Regardless of what type of writer you are, you need to completely finish writing the entire first draft, before you start self-editing!

Remember: A carpenter doesn’t polish the table before he attaches the legs.

Every writer wants to become a successful author.

  

Remember: Alice Walker, Walter Mosley, Danielle Steel, James Patterson, Nora Roberts and Stephen King were not an overnight success—it took years for them to reach that status.

I hope this short blog post helped you better understand developing good writing habits.

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Cheryl Holloway on Copyright Basics for Writers

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Copyright Basics for Writers

On Friday, I taught a Creative Writing Class for 15 new writers.  Some of the information we discussed was copyrighting your work. Since most of them did not know the copyright basics, today I am going to discuss it with my blog readers and fans.

What Is A Copyright?

According to U.S. Code and the website www.copyright.gov, Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works.

“Original works of ownership” include literary works—a written piece of art—such as a book, a poem, a short story, or an article, etc.

The Copyright should include the following:

  • The copyright symbol,
  • Followed by the copyright year,
  • Followed by the author who created the work and who is responsible for and who is the owner of the copyright,
  • Followed by the phrase, “All Rights Reserved”

Published Example: © 2017 Cheryl Holloway All Rights Reserved.

Unpublished Example: Unpublished Work © 2017 Jane Doe

It is illegal for anyone to violate any of the rights provided by the copyright law to the owner of the copyright.

Copyright Theft

The reason you will copyright your writing is that you do not want anyone to copy your “work” without your permission and steal it. In this day and digital age, there are many possible ways to copy your work—both in the U.S. and in foreign countries.  So, protect your writing from plagiarism by using the copyright law.

Keep in mind, plagiarism occurs when a writer duplicates another writer’s language or ideas and then calls the work his or her own. Copyright laws protect writers’ words as their legal property.

There are two ways to copyright your literary work:

  1. Copyright Registration with the Copyright Office using Form TX (Registration establishes a public record of the copyright claim.) There is a Filing Fee ($35). For general/updated information about copyright, call the Copyright Public Information Office at (202) 707-3000 or 1-877-476-0778 Toll Free.
  2. Poor Man’s Copyright is a method of using registered dating by the postal service, a notary public or other highly trusted source to date intellectual property, thereby helping to establish that the material has been in one’s possession since a particular time. (Email me and I can send specific instructions.) No Fee

I hope this short blog post helped you better understand the Copyright Basics.

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Seven Sentence Sunday with Cheryl Holloway

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Seven Sentence Sunday

Once Upon a Time

 

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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Celebrity Guest Author Interview – Pat Simmons

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Title: Love by Delivery

Genre: African American/Christian Romance

Synopsis: Senior Accounts Manager Dominique Hayes has it all—money, a car and a condo. Well, almost. She’s starting to believe love has passed her by.
One thing for sure, she can’t hurry God, so she continues to wait while losing hope that a special Godly man will ever make his appearance.
Package Courier Ashton Taylor knows a man who finds a wife finds a good thing. The only thing standing in his way of finding the right woman is his long work hours. Or maybe, not.

A chance meeting changes everything. When love finally comes knocking, will Dominique open the door and accept Ashton’s special delivery?

Pat Simmons, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Celebrity Pat Simmons. Pat is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth who is passionate about researching her ancestors and then casting them in starring roles in her novels. Welcome to my blog, Pat.

CH: Can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book? 

PS: For Christian inspiration

CH: Where do your ideas come from?

PS: Anyway and everywhere—church, strangers, news, movies, and real life situations. There are no limits when it comes to listening for God’s direction.

CH: Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?

PS: That depends. As a Christian author, it is important for me to defer to the Lord for the message in a story. Case in point, I have readers waiting and I was eagerly ready to pen book nine in the Guilty series when I realized that I had no spiritual message for the readers. Concerned, I prayed and asked God what should I do? That had never happened before in all my works. The Lord Jesus had me resurrect an outline from 2011. He told me it was time to tell the story and He had a message in it for someone, so that is my current project. As for other plots, I have a news background, so I like to write stories that are issue-driven.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

PS: No. I want my stories to hit home with readers. I want to be sensitive to people who are hurting. That’s real life.

CH: Was there a special reason that you decided to write this book?

PS: Yes, I had a conversation with a young woman who asked why do all my characters have to be well-off, especially the men. She asked, “What about the plain everyday guy?” First, I chuckled, because I thought some of my characters were down to earth heroes. Also, I entered the industry at a time when Arabesque/BET had the market cornered for Black romances. One requirement to write for them was the hero had to be almost wealthy to create the fantasy escape for their readers. Although, I never wrote for them, I followed their lead.

CH:  Did you have to do any special research to write this book?

PS: Always, sometimes the research will create scenes in the story that I might not have ever thought about before. Digging deeper is part of my personality to a fault sometimes. I got it honestly with a degree in broadcast journalism. I call them field trips when I have to go interview someone or go on location. I did so much research for The Acquittal that took place in Ghana, Africa that I felt I lived there.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your Christian romance writing style?

PS: I would like to think as Christian authors, there would be more similarity than differences between us. That’s not always the case. I don’t have sex scenes, use profanity, and have a woman or child violated. I believe in using scriptures rather than paraphrasing a quote. If people don’t read their Bibles, and my work is their only exposure to scriptures, it’s important for me to be accurate and list the references where they can go and study for themselves. I also like my Christian characters to be consistent. In other words, my writing mission statement is Jude 1:24. God can keep anyone from falling into sin. He gives us warning signs. There are Christians who are sincere with their walk with Christ and those are the type of people I like to feature in my stories.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write? Who was the hardest character to write?

PS: My favorite is Grandma BB who is a hoot in my Guilty series/Jamieson Legacy. The woman writes her own scenes. I wouldn’t say some characters are hard to write, rather my focus is on convincing the reader that a dislikeable character can be redeemed and are worthy of a second chance. I liked Karyn Wallace in Crowning Glory (My favorite book). I have to be true to their past, but show their baby steps to salvation: Jet (Restore My Soul series); Landon Thomas (Redeeming Heart); Michael Bishop (The Keepsake)

CH: What inspired you to write an inspiration book for others to read?  

PS: I thought, emphasis on ‘thought,’ it was because I wanted a clean and inspirational romance to read free of sex/profanity/infidelity. But God had other plans after a couple of years into my writing. The Lord Jesus let me know I had a writing ministry to help hurting people by giving Him the glory.

CH: As a Christian writer, is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?

PS: Absolutely, Jude 1:24: Now unto him who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy… 

CH: How long does it take you to write one of your books?

PS: From outline to release, a novel takes about four months and for a novella, six weeks to two months.

CH: You’ve been writing for ten years and you have published over thirty books. Can you tell us a little about your writing journey?

PS: I’m so happy to share the testimony about my first book deal. Guilty of Love was actually the third novel I wrote, but the first one that was published. The amazing thing is I didn’t want to write the story because of the subject matter: abortion. After I gave it some thought, I realized that I could write ten novels and none of them would be successful until I wrote the one God told me to. Let me tell you what Jesus did. That book broke sales records for the imprint that year. It also established my writing career. The Guilty series now called the Jamieson Legacy will probably go to twelve books. Look at Jesus. What would have happened if I didn’t say, yes Lord?

Prior to starting that book, I became interested in my family’s genealogy. I decided to incorporate some of my family names for characters in the stories in hopes of tracking now distant relatives who might pick up the book and recognize names.

I chose Charlotte for my main character’s mother. Charlotte was my maternal grandmother and my maternal great-great grandmother. Then on to the last name. I needed something that had a distinguished ring. Somehow Jamiesons stuck, thus creating Parke K. Jamieson VI. He and his brothers became the strong, successful and confident black men who were the tenth generation descendants of a royal African tribe.

Okay, back to my family history. My maternal grandmother’s last name was Wilkerson. I located Charlotte Wilkerson along with her two sons: William (my great-grandfather b. 1866) and his brother Samuel (b. 1868), on the 1880 census. I hit a wall when I went back to the 1870 census. I couldn’t locate them. I turned to other genealogy enthusiasts to help in the hunt for Charlotte Wilkerson and her two sons who would have been four and two. It’s amazing how savvy some of these sleuths are. A few days later, they came back with information that made me hold my breath.

It appears that Charlotte’s last name was actually Jamieson. Eerie, huh?  I had no idea I was giving my character the exact FIRST and LAST name of an ancestor.

Since 1870, was the first year blacks were counted as free, I searched the 1860 slaveholders’ schedule. Sure enough, Robert Jamieson was the slaveholder over my great-great-grandmother. In his household, there was a guest and teacher in the academy, John Wilkerson (my white great-grandfather).  The Guilty series renamed the Jamieson Legacy has captivated black and white readers alike with its positive strong black family and historical facts that are weaved into contemporary storylines. Currently, the series is eight books strong with plans for four more to complete the series.

Throughout my publishing career, I have learned that I work for the Lord, and any recognition is God’s.

CH: Can you tell my audience about some of your series?

PS: Restore My Soul Series: Wounded spirits, troubled pasts, and a God who can restore souls for His glory. (John 8:36) “He who the Son sets free, is free indeed.” Karyn Wallace has issues with forgiving herself. Jet Hutchens refuses to forgive others. And the man of God who stands between them, Minister Rossi Tolliver, knows the power of prayer and deliverance.

Love at the Crossroads Series: When relationships are tested, love covers a multitude of faults and conquers all for Candace Clark, who has to start over after the death of her husband. She will learn faith and fear aren’t friends; Solae Wyatt’s inability to have children has been a deal breaker when it comes to relationships. Will Hershel Kavnaugh let her walk away?; Next, it’s going to take Desi’ forgiveness, and Michael’s repentance, and redemption to give their marriage a second chance after infidelity; In hindsight, unwed mother Halcyone Holland admits that God didn’t handpick the father of her children. Yet, that doesn’t stop God from sending her the man who has been standing on the sidelines for a long time; Finally, Monica thought she knew what she wanted in a man until she suffers health challenges, then God sends her what she needs most, a praying man.

The Andersen Brothers Series: There is nothing sexier than a man who loves God and family. Christian kicks off the holiday series by showing how he celebrates Christ’s birth, resurrection, and the biggest of all, Father’s Day to a single mother; It takes a pure heart to capture God’s attention, and David is looking for that one woman who can pull at his heartstrings; Nathan finds a kindred spirit in Noelle who has a heart for the helpless, hungry, and homeless. Together they try to make a difference during Christmas.

The Jamieson Legacy Series: If you love history? You won’t be disappointed as American Black history and genealogy are weaved into the romances. The series tackles cultural issues with godly intervention, whether it’s abortion, single parenting, or our angry youth. The Jamieson men are tenth and eleventh generation descendants of a royal African tribe. They carry strength and determination in their DNA when it comes to family ties. The only ones who can penetrate their armor are strong-willed women that God puts in their paths.

The Carmen Sister Series: Sisters who pray together, stay together, and Stacy, Shari, Shae, and Sabrece (Brecee) hold one another accountable when it comes to dating God’s way. Shae has to choose between her career and true love; Shari has to believe God when He sends her a man with a tormented past; and Brecee has to be convinced of a match made in heaven when it doesn’t make sense on paper.

CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of the book?

PS: Great reviews are this being a sweet inspirational romance. I have faithful fans, but I’m always looking for new readers and that’s where reviews come in. In addition to a great back blurb, only a reader can sway another reader to give my book a try.

CH: Most reader/fans can hardly wait. So, what is your next writing project?

PS: I’m working on book one of a new series called THE CAREGIVERS. I’m still tweaking the title, so amazingly, I don’t have one to share, yet. Also, I’m not sure if this story will be a novella (35,000 words), or a novel (65,000 words). The most important thing about this story is that I get God’s message out.

CH: How to Find Pat Simmons:

CH:  Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

PS: There may be some of my older titles in book stores, but all are sold online and some are available in libraries.

CH: Any closing remarks?

PS: Cheryl, Thank you for the invitation to share my story, and God bless you.

CH: Thank you so much, Pat Simmons, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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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.

The End

 

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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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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Cheryl Holloway Suggests A 2016 Year-End Review of Your Writing

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Hi Creative Writers Everywhere,

The year is almost over and soon we will be thinking about New Year’s Resolutions and Writing Goals for 2017

Hey, Not so fast, I challenge you to do a 2016 year-end review of your writing and tell us about it?

I mean…Think about it… what great writing success did you have in 2016?

What went well for your writing in 2016? Did you do any great writing?

Made the Best Seller List…Sold 5,000 copies of your book…Started a Blog…Got a Contract…Got an Agent…Self-Published your Book

Let’s share it on my blog!

So, here’s how I review my year (the short version).

What went well for my writing in 2016:

I published two books: A Sisterhood of Women Living Life and The Proposal: A Leap of Faith.

Two of my books were considered for awards: Cougar Tales: Jamaican Love and A Sisterhood of Women Living Life.

I was chosen as an Author to Watch by Best Indie Book Awards.

I sold lots of books on Amazon.com.

I already started writing books for 2017!

My Advice to New Writers (Pay it Forward to others)

Write. Write. Read. Write. (Remember: This is the key to being successful.)

Learn your craft—take writing classes and workshops. (Remember: Before you can make it big, you have to learn the ropes.)

Get a website—it is your bill board to the world. (Remember: Readers have to be able to find you.)

Use professionals—editor, graphics designer, and formatter. (Remember: You have to look good to your readers.)

Pay it forward to another author/any author. (Remember: You have to share with others.)

My Writing Goals for 2017

Create/Recreate my Action Plan for my writing

Publish my book, The Lady in The Trunk.

Publish a full-length romance novel.

Take James Patterson’s Writing Workshop

Social Media Plan-Increase the number of subscribers on my blog, CherylHolloway.net/blog.

Continue writing more novels and short stories.

This is Important. So, here’s what I want you to do:

Today, I want you to take some time to think about what went well this year for your writing. Then, I want you to think about what advice you can give to other writers. And finally, I want you to think about what your big plans are for 2017.

There are 525,600 minutes in a year. 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. And you can make 2017 your best writing year, EVER!”

Even better? I want you to tell my blog fans and readers.
I want you to leave a comment on this blog post. Write the comment like this:

Hi, My Name is __________________.

My website is __________________________________ (a little free publicity for you)

  1. My writing and What Went Well in 2016: [Insert What Went Well]
  2. My Advice for a New Writer: [Insert any advice, tips, books, etc.]
  3. My Writing for 2017: [Insert any goals, great events, New Books, etc.]   Go leave the comment now.
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Cheryl Holloway Explains How to Go from Writer to Author

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How to go from Writer to Author and from Dream to Reality!

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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.

Email me for the Accountability Writing Coach Survey, Is Accountability Coaching What You Need?

Remember: I offer Accountability Writing Programs for every level of writer and every budget.

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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!

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

Email me for the Accountability Writing Coach Survey, Is Accountability Coaching What You Need?

Remember: I offer Accountability Writing Programs for every level of writer and every budget.

With the Program, You Receive:

  • 3 Easily Doable Tips That Keep You Accountable and Writing
  • 7 Steps to Stay Motivated, Encouraged, Accountable and Writing
  • 7 Important Tools Every Writer Should Have
  • An Accountability Writing Plan
  • Feedback from An Experienced Writer
  • Monitoring and Evaluating of the Writing Process

With the Program, You Find out:

  • The benefits of an accountability writing coaching.
  • What are the S.M.A.R.T. Goals
  • What are the W.O.W. Goals

 My Guarantee: If you follow my advice, I will help procrastinating writers to become debut authors.

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“I offer my clients insight and expertise. Accountability is Action.”                  ~Cheryl Holloway

 

 

 

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Cheryl Holloway is Featured on GeeLovestoWrite Blog

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geelovestowrite presents Cheryl Holloway, an Accountability Writing Coach…

Link: https://geelovestowrite.wordpress.com/2016/10/11/tuesday-talent-9/

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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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Just a thought…Writers Write.

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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. Today, when I went to church, the Pastor said something that triggered the following seven sentence story.

Title: Great-Grandmother’s Friends

There was a great-grandmother, who was getting up in age—97 years old—she always enjoyed telling stories to her great-grandchildren and the young children in Sunday school.

She often told stories of her youth, which the children enjoyed tremendously.

They were stories about her life and the various things that she had done long ago when she was a small child.

This Sunday’s story was about the ice cream socials after church and how the mothers of the church had several small ice cream makers and let the little kids hand-crank the ice cream, which was ready to eat almost immediately.

Her favorite flavor had been peach, while her best friend’s favorite flavor was vanilla, but her friend had died years ago and so had most of the old lady’s friends.

Her great-grandson thought about it and asked her where were all of her friends, now.

The old lady thought for a moment, and chortled, “They are all in heaven and they probably think I’m not coming to join them.”

The End

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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. I woke up this morning with this story on my mind. Of course, it is inspired by a true incident. 

Title: Cancer, Church and Faith—What Do They Have in Common?

A few years ago my friend had breast cancer and she had the Chemo and the radiation treatments, but what’s most important is that she is a “Cancer Survivor.”

She believes in God and attends church on a regular basis, probably more often than myself.

We have celebrated her success with pink ribbons everywhere and been on many of the Cancer Walks together.

A couple of weeks ago, she told me that she has cancer…a second time.

We cried and prayed together and discussed how she would defeat the Big C, once again.

Then, she hit me with the news…she still believes in God, but she no longer attends church, because her faith has waned.

I told her that now is the time for her to have more faith than ever before, because With God All Things Are Possible!

The End

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Would I Still Write, If…

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Would I still write, if I never got paid?

My answer is “Yes! I love writing and I write every single day. Why? Because writers write.”

If you honestly believed that you would write, if you never got paid, then you obviously have a passion, a talent, or a need to write. So, you must discipline yourself to write every day. Preferably at the same time each day and for the same amount of time daily.

If writing brings you happiness, go for it. You will find a way to pursue your happiness and you might even make a few dollars along the way.  I’ve been writing all of my life.

I acquired a love for books and writing at an early age. My mother bought me little Golden Books once a week when I was three years old.  These books were to keep me occupied while my mother was pre-occupied with my new brother. Since I could read, I started writing and drawing my own little books. So, the rest is history.

Then at fifteen years old, I won my first Writing Competition. I wrote the winning essay on Crime Prevention for a statewide contest in Indiana. (I still have the trophy.)

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During high school and college, I was on the Newspaper and Newsletter staff. After college, I started writing for the Government as a Technical Writer and later became a Writer/Editor. So, I can proudly say that I have been a writer all of my life.

I wrote for Military magazines and was also Managing Editor—Road and Recreation; Flying Safety; Nuclear Surety; and the Proceedings Magazine, the oldest Military magazine in history.

For years, I had a business writing resumes for clients. I also freelanced as a writer for many magazines and newspapers from coast-to-coast. I even dabbled in writing poetry from time-to-time. And I landed a prestige Intern job working at the Smithsonian Press.

Now, as a retired Writer/Editor, I teach writing workshops and lead writing retreats. But most of all I write books for myself and my readers. So, the ultimate writing decision for me now—I write a blog—about writing and books.  My two favorite things.

So, as you can see, I have had my fair share of writing throughout the years. I am not rich or famous, but I can honestly say that I love writing and I had a good writing career as a professional Writer/Editor.

So, would I still write, if I never got paid?

Yes, do what you love and the money will come.

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Guest Author Interview – Michael D. Beckford

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Title: Little Black Bird: The Slaughter (Volume 2) and Little Black Bird: The Decision (Volume 3)

Genre: African American

Synopsis: A little black boy is dead. A white police officer shot him. Was he correct in shooting Junior Green or was it murder? Sheila Green is living every black mother’s nightmare. Her eight-year-old son was murdered and the police officer has not been charged. Can the D.A. and the police be trusted to investigate and do the right thing? Should Sheila Green and her husband Rocky Green take advantage of the public outcry and join alongside the angry protesters who are out for revenge? Junior’s death was only the beginning, as scores of other black males fall victim to the police. Should Rocky Green retaliate against the slaughter of black males in America? Or will he and Sheila enact forgiveness during the most heart-wrenching time of their lives?

Micheal Beckford

Michael D. Beckford, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Michael D. Beckford, an Urban and Christian Fiction author. Welcome to my blog Michael.

CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?

MDB: Little Black Bird: The Slaughter (Volume 2) is about the killing of a black boy by a white policeman. Little Black Bird: The Decision (Volume 3) is about changing the framework for justice. Rocky and Sheila Green are still mourning from the loss of their son, Junior. So they decide to take their case all the way to Congress.

CH: When you start a new story, do you have a title for it? Or does the story trigger the title?

MDB: I am normally gifted the titles by the author of this universe before I write one page. I am actually appreciative of this process because when I receive a title, it sets the theme of the story. Then, it’s just a matter of me outlining the beginning, middle and end.

CH: Black Lives Matter is currently trending. So, when you are coming up with a new idea for a book, do you look at the market for trends?

MDB: In retrospect, the answer is no. Why? Because at the core of my being, I am an activist and I strive to stay true to my work no matter how few or well my books sell. I have had many individuals tell me what I can write that would make me a lot of money. I don’t write for prosperity and I don’t write for charity, either. I write with the thought in mind that God gave me this gift for a purpose. My goal is to write the best books for His people, which is all of us. Now, I would not state that I’m not influenced by current trends, while writing my books; it would be foolish to not lend an ear to the surrounding world. Yet, to measure your work based on a trend is the sacrificial death of your book. My objective has always been to write literature that last through the test of time.

CH: Why did you decide to write this book?

MDB: The answer is simple. Many of our people, march till we turn purple, which marching has made a significant impact on change, both during the Civil Rights Era and today. Yet, I believe the true change begins in the halls of Congress—they are the ones that write the laws. They are the ones that can create laws that would make it much harder for police to shoot and kill an unarmed individual without true justice being served.

CH: This is Volume 2 in a series, when you wrote the first book in the series, did you realize it would be a series then?

MDB: Yes, I wrote the first book with the knowledge that it would be a three book series. But just as of recent, I received more inspiration to expand, so this very well is tracking to be a five book series and beyond.

CH: Which book was hardest to write?

MDB: The first book in the series was hardest to write because it’s sort of the origin story. It lays the foundation for everything else to come.

CH: How long have you been writing? How did you start writing?

MDB: I have been writing since I was nine years old, when my mother had me to write in journals every day. That journal about my daily life expanded into poetry and from poetry to one-page creative writing. I published my first book, SpeakUp! Poetry! when I was eighteen years of age.

CH: What genre are you most comfortable writing?

MDB: It’s sort of a blended genre for me which is African American, Urban Christian Fiction and Poetry.

CH: What’s next on the agenda in your writing career?

MDB: Little Black Bird: The Decision (Volume 3) was recently released. I have the fourth book in this series Little Black Bird: Judges and Liars to be released at the end of February 2016. I am releasing my third book in my wildly successful Dying to Be Straight series Dying to Be Straight! Again in March 2016.  I have my poetry book Poetry of My Sins to be released in May 2016, which is not attached to a series. Lol. Then, I have the fourth and final book in the Dying to Be Straight series projected to be released in September of this year. I also have sent off my book Dying to Be Straight! to a movie producer I met at a conference in Miami.

CH: Who is your favorite author? Why?

MDB: My favorite author is God, because I don’t know anyone else that could have written a better book on life. Many people shy away when you speak about God, which is actually not even his name. It’s just an adjective to describe Him, just the same as author is not my name. But many people shy away because they believe you are going to bring a big Bible into a conversation. Hey, just look around and you’ll see the billions of books that God has written because each one of our lives is a story. And let’s be honest with ourselves, how many other authors can you say wrote billions of books without breaking a sweat? So, yes, He is my favorite. I love Him.

CH: Are there any books that influence you as an author?

MDB: Of course, I am influenced by the work of Kimberla Lawson Roby, and I was inspired by the work of Stephanie Perry Moore. I get my foundation from the Bible.

CH: What book are you currently reading?

MDB: The Arrivals by Melissa Marr. It is a sci-fi book. I love sci-fi movies, and everyone that knows me, knows that I am also a movie buff.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

MDB: www.Speakpub.com

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

MDB: This book was released the first week in February and will be sold on speakpub.com, Amazon, Kindle and Barnes and Noble’s nook. Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1QgWzC5

CH: Any closing remarks?

MDB: Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to share my dreams and passions with others. I just want to tell all your readers to let the writing speak for itself. Don’t craft your writing for temporary pleasures, write so that your work can be seen as eternal jewels that even the heavens can appreciate. God bless you.

CH: Thank you Michael D. Beckford, it has been a real pleasure discussing your book and your writing journey with my audience.  

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