Top Ten: My Writing Goals

Ever since I can remember, I have loved writing down my goals as much as I loved writing itself. Writing down my goals gave me a visual and accountability as well as kept me organized and motivated. Checking off or crossing off a goal helped me to feel good about myself. However, sometimes a goal stayed on my list for months; some never met a line or a check mark and have gotten the opportunity to join new goal lists. However, I continue this habit of writing down my goals. According to GoalBand, people with written goals are 50% more likely to achieve than people without goals (http://www.goalband.co.uk/goal-achievement-facts.html#sthash.PldSO1j0.dpuf). 

So with that said, I am going to write down (well type) my top ten writing goals for 2017 and share them with you all. 

                  Top Ten Writing Goals

  1. To write daily or weekly, for the mere purposes of just writing and rebuilding my discipline of a frequent writer.
  2. To reedit/rewrite my children’s book and find an awesome illustrator
  3. To write some fiction and revisit my old short stories I wrote in my teen and college years.
  4. To devote quiet and prayer time towards the preparation of the devotional God gave me the idea to write.
  5. To brush up on my editing and writing skills. Got to strengthen my writing and editing!ūüí™
  6. I know this is not writing or editing, but to read more books. It is great ro read the works of inspiring accomplished writers who have been where you have been and have honed their craft.
  7. To write more poetry and try to remember my poems (Help me Jesus!).
  8. To be as authentic and unafraid in writing down what’s in my heart.
  9. To help many of the young people I work with become better writers and thirsty readers excited to embrace books and unafraid to mark a paper with the beautiful arrangements of words.
  10. To remember writing is always fun, well always to a writer!ūüėČ 

Are you a writer? What are your writing goals? If you aren’t a writer, share your goals too. I’d love to hear your 2017 goals!

The Walls Have To Come Down

What a rough year this has been and we keep coming to these mountains and walls. They got to move! So, when we started reading Joshua and then came to Joshua 6, we got the unction to pray concerning those mountains and walls and to pray in the prescribed method the Lord told Joshua and His people to march around Jericho. 

What walls you desperately need to come down in Jesus’s name? Is it recurring debt, low self-esteem, issues on your job, issues with your children or your spouse, an issue that is recurring in the world that God has moved you to pray about, issues in your church, issues with your health? Gather scriptures concerning the matter because without God’s voice, wisdom, promise, Word on the matter, it won’t happen captain. 

Then pray you won’t doubt even when it seems like there isn’t anything happening. We, ourselves, are on day 2 and day 1 yielded no change, but God had to remind us that the wall didn’t collapse on the first day. So keep going! Have courage. Fight the good fight of faith. Pray without ceasing. Sisters and brothers-in-Christ, you are more than conquerors. He that is in you is greater than he that is in the world.

March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams ľ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.‚ÄĚ Joshua 6:3‚Ä≠-‚Ĩ5 NIV

What walls got to come down in your life? What don’t you want coming into 2017? Declare it be moved in Jesus’s name?

Writing Tip Jar

‚ÄčHappy Friday and Happy Post-Thanksgiving!!!! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Last Friday, I shared some writing tips with all my aspiring authors and fellow writers. Here are some more concerning a favorite method I use during my prewriting stage or even when I am planning an event.

It is called outlining. 

Outlining is a great method or tool to use for just about any writing: research writing, creative writing, news writing, etc. Outlining allows you to map out in sequential order your main points. It also allows you to organize your thoughts whether you are writing on a particular subject or character sketching. Outlining also allows you to write concisely, stay on topic and make easier transitions when writing.

                              Try It

Outline your main points, set up a variable structure of what you want to say, how you want your writing to flow and allow it to guide you. You will find it easier to flow in writing once you know what or who you are writing about and have drafted an outline. 

Put your shoes on honey; Our journey awaits,

Tannika

Any questions or comments about today’s writing tip, comment below or tweet me using hashtag #WritingTipJar 

Black Thunder

The enemy tried to take your spirit from your family
And capture your soul

But you survived 

And is fighting daily to make our family whole

You are the lightening that took the world by storm

They were afraid of your spark

And the powerful stature that God Almighty formed 

They took your crown 

But you are still a king

From the bloodlines of Africa your ancestors sing 

Black Thunder 

You are a man

Not a boy

You treat women like queens, not like toys

You show that real men pray

And real men protect their families with the Word

Of God and Blood of Jesus every day.

Black Thunder 

Is like a lion 

Who doesn’t have to roar

His presence is so mighty, his leadership revered

And will not be ignored

He doesn’t lead with an iron fist

His love and confidence speaks mountains

And Black Wonder responds to this 

He works hard and sweat may drip 

From his brow

But he teaches his son 

That patience and hard work 

Produce results that last longer and deserve a bow

But Black Thunder is humble

And mature; 

His growth is one of his focuses and he needs you to believe in him even when he is not sure

Pray for Him and wrap your arms around His back 

And he will make you feel secure

Black Thunder may have lost some friends, sons, a woman’s confidence, respect and time,

But he will speak to the mountain and take his rightful place

Keep his family on track, intact and benign.

Hear the roar of his thunder as Black Thunder keeps his family spiritually armed and sound

Black Thunder, Black Wonder presents to you your crown!    –Tannika Moore

From the book, Wearing Someone Else‚Äôs Shoes Ain‚Äôt Never Been Me 

Chicago Author Wants You To Use Your Imagination

March is hailed as International Women’s Month and to celebrate here at STCF Poetry & Moore, I want to reintroduce you to an awesome woman with the super power to fill blank pages with¬†imagery and imagination-provoking words for her readers to enjoy!

Saneatra PolkChicago author, Saneatra Polk, invites you into her world through fantasy,  suspense, relative imagery and captivating details. And if you like The Haves and the Have Nots, you will most likely like her new short fiction series, The Hartsfields!

Tannika: ¬†How was is it growing up in Chicago? What did you or kids have then you don’t see now or enough of?

Saneatra: ¬†I feel like I had an atypical childhood because I was very sheltered. I didn’t play with the kids in the neighborhood, it was like go to school and come straight home. Being in the house so much and being bored, I think that’s where my writing came from. I had to have an imagination to get out of the house.

Tannika:  What issues/barriers do you think young, Black female authors have to break through?

Saneatra: ¬†The barriers I face as a new author are getting and maintaining a fan base, and that’s why I started writing the short fiction series, The Hartsfields, to develop a fan base. I don’t think it’s a race or gender issue. As a new artist, you have to find your niche. Basically, do what works best for you. If you want to stay on the self-publishing route, you have to be willing to work extra, extra hard in addition to writing.

Tannika: ¬†What’s your favorite book? What are you reading now?

Saneatra: ¬†Truthfully, I do not read at all, but I’m yearning to go to a bookstore to pick out a book. I know it’s new school, with kindle and other e-readers, but I want to get a bookshelf and fill it up with books.

Tannika: ¬†Finish this statement— I write to…

Saneatra: ¬†I write to make people think and I write to entertain, to get people to use their imagination. I purposely leave stuff out to get my readers to use their imagination and to engage them further. Currently, in the novel I am writing, the character states he is from down south. I want readers to guess, to imagine where hes’ from exactly. I want them to use their imagination.

Tannika:  So, you are writing a novel?

Saneatra:  Yes, I am currently writing my first novel. I am trying to get up to 80,000 words.

Tannika:  How many words is it typical for a novel?

Saneatra:  A novel has typically 80,000+ words.

Tannika:  What are your writing techniques/habits?

Saneatra:  My technique is to create a character profile first. I describe each character and then I proceed to outline the whole book.

Tannika:  Who inspires you?

Saneatra: ¬†I like to hear any story about people who work hard to achieve their goals and follow their dreams. I don’t really have one specific person that inspires me.

Tannika:  You self-published all of your books. How has the self-publishing platform benefited you?

Saneatra: ¬†I thought I had to find a publishing company. That was the initial thing that was holding me back. Now the only thing that would hold me back is me. The benefit is that I could publish whenever I want. I don’t have to send out manuscripts or letters.

Tannika:  Basically, you can eliminate the middle man.

Saneatra:  Yep!

Tannika: ¬†Finish this statement—Child, if only you knew…

Saneatra:  Child, if only you knew my struggles!

Tannika:  What is the mantra you live by?

Saneatra: ¬†What do I live by? I don’t think I have one. Oh well, I try! (She giggles)

Tannika:  What do you want to convey to the world as an author and writer?

Saneatra: ¬†This is where I think race and gender may play a role. As an author, my message will be black women are capable of writing novels on the same level as Stephen King or Dean Kootz and that we don’t just write urban romance novels–you know, like Diary of Side Chick, Tales of a Bad ***** (I hope these aren’t real titles of books) or whatever. We are diverse and capable of pulling a sizable audience. As a writer, my goal will be to help others convey their feelings through writing. I just don’t want it to become a lost art.

Tannika:  What advice would you offer aspiring authors?

Saneatra: ¬†My advice to aspiring authors is to work hard and to be persistent. Just be prepared to work; follow your passion. It may sound cliche but I repeat, work hard and stay persistent. I want to inspire artists to go after their passions. Don’t be afraid to go after those passions, those artistic fields. If you do what you love to do, everything else will follow. If you love to paint; if you love to cook; if you like to make people laugh, do it!

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For more information on author, Saneatra Polk, click here!

To purchase her latest books, click here!

Happy International Women’s Month!

Put your shoes on Honey; our journey awaits,

Tannika Moore

Launched Without A Hitch

Dressed in a cheetah print onesie; reclined on my black comfy couch; nestled with my electric blanket; my lap and couch’s armrest equipped with my laptop, my smartphone, and a hot cup of cocoa with marshmallows, I was ready and excited for our big event! We were having a party and many of our friends, family, and social media friends¬†were invited.

December 5th, I teamed up with my bestie, Saneatra Polk, to host our first book launch, a virtual one via Facebook. We were excited to have found that such a platform existed for writers, possibly shy ones like ourselves. Hey, we have to start somewhere and we heard these book launches are just as fun and meaningful.

Saneatra Polk & Tannika Moore’s Book Launch

Our party theme was finding and fulfilling your calling in life; moving along the journey God ordained for you amidst the obstacles.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Our book launch party wasn’t just filled with knowledge of our book releases. It was filled with God’s Word and inspiration. We had only two rules at our party: Participate and Have Fun! We had a beginning prayer, lots of food (okay, food without the taste), an ice breaker, guestbook, game, giveaways, music relative to our theme, inspirational quotes, Q&A, meal recipe, excerpts from our books, guest participation, discussions, and more.

The guests, Saneatra and I had a ball! Some also expressed that having a book launch on Facebook was a great idea. For all those who came out to our party on Facebook from the comfort of their homes or out and about, thank you for taking the time to have a blast with us! We appreciate it so much. Check out these pictures from some of the posts made at our party.

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For more information on Saneatra Polk’s upcoming novel, My Momma Loves Me, visit www.saneatrapolk.com.

For more information my new poetry book, Wearing Someone Else’s Shoes Ain’t Never Been Me, click here.