Cheyanne’s 2016 Wrap-up – books, writing, & more!

The year is almost over! I know this is two weeks early, but let’s face it, as soon as my kid is out of school for the holidays, I won’t be getting any work done. So here’s my 2016 wrap up post! Many wonderful writerly things happened this year, and they’ve made me even more excited for 2017.

In Publishing:

City of Legends was published by Alloy Entertainment! I originally self-published my teen superhero series, but Alloy bought it, revamped it, and made it better than ever! This was my first foray into traditional publishing and I couldn’t have worked with nicer people. (PS- if you haven’t read COL yet, Amazon has them all half off for the month of December!)

The Breakup Support Group was published! I really adore this book. I wrote it during the breaks from editing the City of Legends series and it become very close to my heart. It was picked up by a small publisher in the spring and was released in the fall. I really lucked out with such a cute cover!

In writing:

I wrote 651,344 words this year. That’s an average of 1800 words a day. WHOA. Even for someone who writes every day, this feels like a lot. This all comes down to about ten novels, WIPs, and drafts, some unfinished, some published, and one agented and on submission. *fingers crossed*

I probably wrote half of that in 2015, which was my first year as a full time writer. And probably half of that the year before. Trust me, all of those words weren’t great, but they taught me something. I’ve learned so much in these nearly 2 years of writing full time, and the most important rule of all is this: Write Every Day! Write often. Write every chance you get.

The secondary rule is this: Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day. Life happens.

In reading:

2016 was a great year for books. So many wonderful YA titles were released, and I’m still not done reading them all. My TBR pile has at least 50 books in it right now, and I’ll be using the rest of the year to read as much of them as I can. So while this list is nowhere near inclusive, these are my favorite books of 2016:

Pearl by Deirdre Riordan Hall

Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Shadow of a Girl by Shannon Greenland

It Wasn’t Always Like This by Joy Preble

We Own the Night by Ashley Poston

How was your 2016? What was your favorite read this year? Did you accomplish anything spectacular? Let me know in the comments!

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Christmas gifts for the writer – 2016

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It’s that time of year again! Of course, with all of the stores having Christmas decorations put up the day after Halloween, you probably already knew that. Every year I do a blog post with gift ideas for the writer in your life, which is just a thinly veiled post of things I want for Christmas! This year I’ve chosen some great things and it’s been really hard not adding them all to my cart and buying them immediately.

These gifts would be great for any writer in your life, or for yourself if you’re like me and buy yourself presents to ensure that you get exactly what you want for the holidays. 😉

Click the images to find how to buy them!
 Shakespearean Insult Bandages. Quirky insults in bandage form to cover all those blisters you got from typing so fast!

If you follow me on social media, you’ll know I’m totally in love with my Passion Planner. I would recommend this a million times to any writer or aspiring writer. This thing has changed my writing life! Also, only get the Passion Planner, because it’s owned by this kickass twenty-something woman who invented it and after her planners took off, I’ve seen TONS of copycat planners on the market. Support the original! http://www.PassionPlanner.com

Is this NOT the cutest thing EVER! Ugh, I need it so bad! I love all of Out of Print’s designs and this one just makes me smile. I don’t exactly need more totebags in my life, but this one can’t be passed up.

 

Library card socks. It’s nostalgic and cute and practical because most people wear socks all the time. I personally don’t, because here in Texas it’s always flip flop season, but I’d make an exception for these adorable things.

Novel teas! Each tea bag has a literary quote on it. Perfect for the tea drinker! Although I’d personally prefer coffee, I haven’t found any literary coffee yet. Maybe next year!

A Jane Austen candle! This company has several literary candles, including Oscar Wilde and Ralph Waldo Emerson. As I am a classic Jane Austen fan, I’d most like to receive this one, but you can choose the author/candle match up that best suits your writer friend.

 

That’s all for now! (To see how to purchase the items, click their photos!) Let me know what kind of writerly and bookish gifts you’d love to receive this Christmas!

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Inspiration Collages and Writing

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Collage of inspiration photos for The Breakup Support Group

As the days are slowly passing until the release of my next book, The Breakup Support Group, I thought I’d share my inspiration collage for it. I used to make inspiration boards after I’d written a book, as a way for the reader to see some images that relate to the book as I imagined it in my head. When I was plotting The Breakup Support Group, I made an inspiration board before I started writing. It ended up being really fun to look back on the pictures while I worked on the story.

I decided to make a board for my current WIP and I saved it as my computer wallpaper. It’s a great way to help me stay motivated while working on the manuscript! I think I’m definitely hooked on inspiration collages.

If you’re a writer, do you use inspiration photos? Let me know in the comments!

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PS- The Breakup Support Group releases on 11/22/16! You can add it to Goodreads here. And make sure you’re signed up for my newsletter because I’ll be giving away paperbacks, gift cards, and a compass bracelet to celebrate release day!