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Aspiring Writers Association of America

The Aspiring Writers Association of America is establishing AWAOA Chapters throughout the United States. The goal of AWAOA is to set a light in a dark tunnel for those with a desire to write and publish their work.

Genesee, Michigan 7/31/2014The Aspiring Writers Association of America, is a chapter based organization founded by Cynthia L. Hatcher in 2014. With a desire to leave no aspiring writer grasping for information, the AWAOA created a strategy to assist.

The vision of Aspiring Writers Association of America is to promote the growth of artistic expression of aspiring writers. AWAOA is proud to be a leader among newly formed writing associations primarily focusing on providing writers with the skill, motivation, inspiration and education to further support their writing endeavors.

AWAOA offers top notch workshops, conferences, critiquing services, writing groups, contest and awards to assist in the growth of the writer’s creative craft. Hatcher believes creativity, when met within a supportive community, initiates and strengthens the expression of creative writing in nonfiction, fiction, poetry and drama.

Cynthia L. Hatcher has risen from a troubled past to become one of the nation’s most recognized promoters of those who have a desire to write their story. Her career started when she began writing and encouraging others through her words. Her most notable book is “The Abuser’s Daughter from Survival to Victory.“

In addition to being the Founder of Aspiring Writers Association of America, she is also the proprietor of HATCHBACK Publishing and the Founder/CEO of Dream It, Live It where she serves as an Inspirational Book Writing Coach. She is a native of Michigan and currently married to Richard Hatcher. They are the proud parents of three children and five grandchildren.

About Aspiring Writers Association of America:

Aspiring Writers Association of America is the nation’s newly leading authority on motivating, inspiring and educating aspiring writers. Founded in 2014, AWAOA has been assisting new authors in navigating the writing journey.

Aspiring Writers Association of America (AWAOA) focuses on an overall supportive community where no aspiring writer is left without the information needed to take their creative work to the next level.  

Contact Information:
Aspiring Writers Association of America
P.O. Box 494
Genesee, Michigan 48437
Ph#: 810-394-8612
Email: iwrite@awaoa.com
Website: http://www.awaoa.com
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Aspiring Writers Live Your Dream

When I first started writing professionally, a little over ten years ago, I had no idea what was ahead of me. All I knew at that time was I wanted my daughter to know the truth about the family she was born into and who I had been before she was born.

While still in my process, I attended several local authors’ book signings. I asked questions but I received few answers. At that time to me, writing and publishing seemed liked a secret for those on the inside. I told myself then, if I ever found out how to do it, I would help everyone.  I’ve known from time past that my one of my purposes on the earth is to be on the front line of motivating and inspiring others to follow and live their dream.

There are people who have a desire to write and become published authors. There are several who have had an idea about a book but it is still in their heads. Then there are others who have no idea how to begin to edit their work. Some people do not allow their rough draft to be rough. There are those who are afraid to let their manuscripts go once they finish it. The list goes on and on with aspiring writers and their various needs to learn everything they can about their craft.

I have been to quite a few writing conferences and workshops. I knew there were people sitting around me who did not understand the content because they still had the idea of writing a book floating around in their minds.

I knew there must be an answer. There had to be a solution, help for the aspiring writer who felt uncomfortable to say, “I want to write a book but where do I start?” I decided to start writing workshops in my area to help those who wanted assistance. I have accomplished that for several years. I have seen over thirty go on to write their books and publish them.

When I first started, all I knew was traditional publishing until I met a woman who showed me something different. When I decided to start self publishing, there were several names put on it like, vanity press or POD. These terms made it seem as though it was not good enough or something was wrong with a writer who wanted to publish in this fashion. Mind you, I must agree there can be many simple editing mistakes to state a few reasons self publishing could be deemed not a good idea. Honestly speaking, I have seen simple editing mistakes in traditionally published books also.

Writing is a gift. People are going to write. People are going to publish their work, whether it is personally, professionally, traditional or self published. We can see there is no stopping that. There will be e-books as well.

I believe we should leave this world with nothing undone. My heart’s desire is to see aspiring writers become authors. It is their dream.

c/o 2014 Cynthia L. Hatcher

Simple Tips to Writing a Book

So you have known it for a while. You have a few notes written. You have a couple of notebooks filled. You may have started writing on your personal computer and go back to look at it from time to time. You have now grown confident enough to say it out loud. You want to write a book.

I have found one of the main questions asked is “How do I start my book?” The answer varies and is only can be decided by the author. Some people start at the beginning and write in a systematic order. Other writers begin at the ending and write their way back to the beginning.  Some writers use an outline and write all of their ideas down before they begin a sentence. How to start a book is definitely as personal as the writing is to the author.

Another question can be “How many pages do I need in my book?” Once again, it is a personal preference. I would say, write until you have nothing else to say about the subject. Some people love to write and read great novels. Other people may prefer a novelette which is much shorter in length.

Even the time to write can be a concern for some. I like to write in the early mornings. The house is quiet and I can put my full thought and attention on what I am doing. There are those who love the late night hours – with the same scenario, all is quiet.

Writing is done one word at a time, one sentence at a time. Avoid the desire to double-check each sentence and each paragraph as you go along. There is a reason it is called the rough draft. You can just write and allow it to be rough. You always have time to go back and revise.  Let go of the picture with the teacher ready to mark your paper with a red pencil or pen. No one is there but you. Allow your writing time be done with fun and excitement as your journey on writing down what you hear and think.

Writing is a personal process. We all do it differently. We have different times we like to write. We have different styles. Be careful of trying to follow the rules. Throw them right out of the window and just write. When you are coming to the end and you have revised, make sure you connect with a friend who will read it and tell you the truth.  Try not to take it personal as the critiques come back in. Make sure you thank them for their time and attention. They didn’t have to read it for you. Put the writing aside for a week and then go back to it. If you believe your friend gave you some sound advice then take it. If you deem it does not meet with what you believe about your project then dump it. In the end it is your work but remember you asked for their thoughts.

Yes, your writing is as different as the individual.  But there is one thing we can all agree on…the book will not get written, unless you write it.

c/0 2014 Cynthia L. Hatcher

Writing From the Inside Out

Sometimes while writing, we can experience what some may call writer’s block. It is a simple plug in our creative flow. The project can be flowing great. We are showing up every day and every day the writing is pouring out of us like a roaring river or gently moving along like a quiet stream. Then the next thing we know…it stops. The flow has stopped. We sit and look at the paper in front of us and the words will not come. We cannot hear or think of anything.

There are a couple of tools which I have used over the years which causes my creativity to be unplugged once again. Sometimes there are negative messages which we are subtly sending ourselves surrounding our current work,

The first tool is to write a list of all of the fears, resentments or negative feelings you may have while working on the project. It may sound strange to our intellect but our creative self is tapped into whatever we are working on at the time.  There are some thoughts and feelings attached to the purpose and authenticity of it. Our creative self may very well question.  For instance: Are we being true to ourselves as we write the piece or are we trying to please others?  So take the time, write a list and see what is really going on – your creative self just may be trying to tell you something.  The key is to take the time to really listen to your inner self.

Another tool could be you just may be dry. Sometimes we can pump our creative well and just like a natural well the water may be low. Wells do run dry. In simple terms the water level drops below the pump intake.  In order to fill your creative well once again, it is a good idea to take your creative self on a date. Yes, make a date with your creative self. Go to the place where you can enjoy inspiration. I have two places, one is anywhere by the water and the other is seeing beautiful artistry.  Sometimes all work and no play forces your creative self to consistently work. No fun at all. It will stop just like a stubborn mule. The key here is to give your creative self what it wants.

The last tool I will suggest is to step away from your project. Give yourself a few days, no longer than a week. Sometimes our eyes and our minds need to take in different information. Watch one of your favorite shows on television or take in a good movie. I love comedies. Laughter causes me to relax on the inside. Sometimes we may need to do absolutely nothing. Just kick back in a lounging chair (that’s what I like) and do absolutely nothing. Maybe for you it’s lounging on the beach. Maybe it is sitting on your deck. Whatever or wherever it is, they key is to allow your mind to do nothing.

c/o 2013 Cynthia L. Hatcher

Writing Tips for Aspiring Writers

When I first begin to write, I would use an egg timer to ensure I wrote the length of time I desired.  I first set the timer for fifteen minutes writing time. As I began to grow, I set it for thirty minutes. Now, years later, I have no need for the timer because I am in my rhythmic writing season.

As a beginning writer it is good to set certain rituals around yourself. For example find the place to write where you feel most inspired. It may be in your home office, in a library, a coffee shop or by the lake. Every writer is different and to be honest, I have written in all the above places. The key is to find the place that works best for you. Sometimes I need to get away from home because I am distracted there. The laundry and the housework have a strange way of calling my name.

The second key ritual is to do some type of mental or physical preparation. Stretching, praying, mediating or taking several deep breaths before writing are just a few examples. The physical and mental preparation will signal your mind and your body that writing will begin soon. Also your “creative self” will appreciate the attention which you are giving to it and the response from your writing will be worth it.

During your time of writing, if you find yourself writing past thirty minutes, give your body the break it needs. Get up, walk around, get a drink of water and stretch. Your back, arms, hands and overall body will thank you. One thing I have experienced is that tense, tight feeling of muscles getting stiff from not giving my body the rest it needs from sitting in front of a computer.

Just a side tip here: watch those distractions! You can believe when you make a decision to write your book, article or blog, distractions have a way of showing up. The majority of the time our distractions will come in the form of people or pets. It can be your spouse who needs some extra attention. It can be your child who believes you are the only person who knows where their sock is hiding. It can be your pet who needs to go for a walk now or needs to play right now. Another distraction can be that person you may have in your life that loves the drama of the storm. You know the one whom you will give your time, attention and wisdom and yet they seem to love the problem more than the solution. In days of old, I would set the timer on six minutes. If we could not discuss the situation and come to some sort of resolution, I would politely announce, “I am writing and will have to call you back later.” Now, I do not answer the phone at all.”

Lastly enjoy your writing time. Treat it as a time with your creative self and have fun. Write what you a passionate about. Write what you hear. Write what you think.  Be yourself and just write.

c/0 2013 Cynthia L. Hatcher