Almost a year ago, I wrote the article Advice for Writers: Find a Quiet Room to Write. At first, I was on fire to write at least one article per week. I made sure that everyone in the house was asleep and then I would go into my office and simply write. My writing time would include: poems, articles, and even chapters from my upcoming book.

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But over the past few months or so, I have noticed that my writing time had dwindled. Instead of one article per week, I can barely squeeze in one per month. I don’t believe that my fire has died, but that my day-to-day life has taken priority over my writing career. That’s why it is extremely important that we stay organized and find balance in our lives. Of course, our family, job, and household responsibilities will take up most of our time and energy, but finding those quiet and solitude moments to just let our creativeness flow through our pores is actually priceless.

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Recently, several people have approached me seeking writing advice and tips on how to balance their family life with their writing career. It’s weird because they see me as an expert, although at times I feel like I’m in the same boat as they are. I normally just share with them some of the things that have worked for me and then encourage them to carve out at least a few hours a week to devote to their writing.

I know it seems hard or at times impossible, but we all have the same 24 hours in the day. Now most of that time is pretty much taken up by family, work, and of course sleep, but there must be at least a few minutes per day or a few hours a week just to let our pen and paper do its magic…write, and revise, and edit, and write, and more writing…the good stuff, right?

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I hope that this article has inspired you somehow, but if you’re still not convinced, here are six tips:

1. Find a quiet room in your home or office to write
2. Try to find a space that’s dedicated to just writing
3. Be responsible – notify your friends and family that you will be unavailable during that time
4. Disconnect your home phone, cell phone, iPad, iPod, or any device that you’re not using to write with
5. Don’t start writing until you have all of the supplies that you need
6. Make sure that you relax, stay calm, and just write

Feel free to share your experiences. We can all learn from each other!


Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.

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