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AtoZChallenge Blog Prep for April, 2018

AtoZChallenge. www.cherylsterlingbooks.comAs March turns the corner toward April, it’s time for AtoZChallenge blog prep.

If you don’t know what AtoZChallenge is, here’s a brief review:

26 blogs in April

26 letters of the alphabet

Write one blog per day (except Sundays unless the 1st is on a Sunday), working your way through the alphabet.

Any theme.

As I related on this post, when I revealed my theme for this year, I’m writing about a fictional retirement village in Arizona where supernatural happenings are the norm.

I started writing 800-1200 word posts in January. From A is for Arizona Heat to Z is for (Birthday) One-Zero-Zero, I wrote an average of five stories every two weeks. Twenty-six stories in six weeks. While still maintaining my regular writing and blogging schedule. I’m waiting for the parade of gratitude to start (hint, hint).

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I entered NaNo because my character made me

To NaNo or not to NaNo, that is the question

I entered Nanao2017 because my character made me

This year, after much internal debate, I entered NaNo2017. Unless you are super new to writing, every writer knows that November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNo or NaNoWriMo), when thousands of writers worldwide attempt to write 50K in 30 days.

I had nothing to prove by entering. I’ve written 50K or more in a month through personal challenges, writing group activities and online challenges. Several of my books started through NaNo.

I love the challenge of NaNo. Writing at a fast pace suits me. It allows me to shut away away my inner editor and get the story told.Click To Tweet I can make the story pretty in the revision process.

I don’t need to buddy with other writers to hold myself accountable. The one time I entered a cabin at CampNaNo, the chatter was minimal.

I didn’t have anything to prove.

In addition, I’m visiting family for most of November. I’m not operating on my own schedule. My routine is topsy-turvy. I don’t have my big white chair to write in. I don’t know where stuff is. In a word, my timetable is unreliable.

Then my main character, Annie, stepped in and told me that’s exactly where she needs me to be—outside my comfort zone. Annie is experiencing a lot of stress, questioning her sanity.

She needs my stress to lend authenticity to her story. Writing it in my normal environment doesn't do her justice.Click To Tweet
I entered NaNo because my character made me

Working cover for Brilliant Wreckage, a story set in WWII.

A Challenge and a Goal

While visiting, I reconnected with a friend who has started her second book. We challenged each other in a NaNo like fashion to complete our first drafts by December 7th, Pearl Harbor Day. Very fitting as my story is set in WWII.

Then I looked at my unpredictable schedule and realized there are one or two pockets of time, randomly spaced, that allows me to write. Knowing my writing speed (700-800 words an hour), I could possibly write the 1,667 necessary daily to complete 50K in 30 days.

If I mind map and outline each scene, and knowing what the major scenes are, I can use my time efficiently.

Will I make my goal? With an uncertain schedule and and least one day lost to traveling back home then readjusting to a normal routine, who knows? But I owe it to Annie to write her story in a non-familiar environment.

Have you entered NaNo2017? What are your reasons?







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Red Riding Hood and the Lone Wolfe Book Launch Announcement

I am pleased to announce the second book in my Enchanted series, Red Riding Hood and the Lone Wolfe, will be released on October fourteenth.


Rosewyn, village baker in the kingdom of Eastlocke, is also a witch of limited power, scraping a living for her and her grandmother. Then one day, the new king, returned from exile, lands at her feet. Soon she’s installed in the royal kitchens. Rosewyn sees the opportunity to better her family’s lives. What could be simpler than seducing a king using her charms and a little magic?

But her ambitions turns to concern when Oliver’s life and kingdom is threatened. Her witchcraft might solve his problems, but how does she tell him without confessing her lies, her secret, and the knowledge of his secret life of a werewolf?

Red Riding Hood and the Lone Wolfe picks up the Enchanted story soon after the conclusion of the first book in the series, Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf. The Miller Sisters return to the narrative, as well as Lex Sands, Snow White, and the Evil Queen.

Join Rosewyn and Oliver as they fight the differences between a King and a commoner; a woman looking to better her life, and the man overcoming his father’s shame.

An excerpt:

Rosewyn Baker stopped on the creek side path when she heard hoof beats pounding down the hill. She twisted in its direction. What fool hurried this early in the morning? And in the rain?
A huge beast galloped through the shrubs, a rider hunched over it, his hat bouncing free. Man and creature hurled toward the creek swollen from the rains. Then the horse crashed to a halt short of the bank.
The man flew over its head, flipped and landed on his back. Water erupted into the already wet air. A startled bird cried and flew away. Continue reading Red Riding Hood Book Launch Date

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