Why I write books in 30 days or less

When I started writing my “first official novel”, I had a full time job that took up most of my day. I spent more time daydreaming about this novel than I actually spent writing it, and when I did write it, it was for thirty minutes here and there before I went to bed. It took me nine months to complete that first draft and the inconsistencies were hilarious. My main character’s mom had three different names and eye colors seemingly changed quicker than the Horse of a Different Color.* And those were the easy fixes. Now that I have…

Level up your writing (by reading books)

  I’ve got a great analogy for you guys. When I was young and in shape and totally not dorky or weird at all, I rode dirt bikes every day. My dad would pick up my sister and me from school, bikes in the back of the truck, and we would head out to the dirt bike track and ride around until it got dark. It was the BEST! But then eventually I made some friends and started realizing my fun putting around didn’t really match up. I was slow, and they were fast. I wanted to be faster. I…

2017 Writer Goals

It seems like just yesterday I was writing my goals blog post for 2016. I was lucky last year and managed to achieve all of them. 2016 was a great year for my writing and I hope to be as lucky this year, too! Of course, the thing about setting goals is that luck only plays a little into it. The rest is massively hard work. I’m going into my third year of being a full time writer, and as always, my biggest goal is to stay self-employed as a writer. See below for how I hope to accomplish that….

Using Instagram as a Writer

If you’ve been following me for more than five minutes, you’ll know I’m a huge believer in being a person online. I absolutely can’t stand the mindset of an author marketing themselves in the form of spam on every social media outlet. If someone wants to buy your book, they will. Asking them 10 times a day in the form of a Tweet or post will not make them buy your book. The best way to connect with readers and other writers is simple: be a person. Just a living, breathing, book loving, book writing, person. The old adage to…

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…

Christmas gifts for the writer – 2016

  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…

Friday Five

I haven’t done one of these in a while because I’m too busy writing and staring at the keyboard, wishing I was writing. Β Between procrastinating cleaning my house and watching too much Netflix, these two things take up A LOT of my time. But I have info and exciting things for today! Cover reveal sign ups for THE BREAKUP SUPPORT GROUP have been posted! Head over to Xpressobooktours.comΒ and sign up if you have a blog or social media account you’d like to use to help me spread the ULTRA CUTE cover for my new YA Romance which is being published…