Advice for writers: Find a quiet room to write part 2

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.

RELATED ARTICLE:
Advice for Writers: Find the Right Editor

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.

RELATED ARTICLE:
Advice for Writers: Build Your Author Platform

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?


THE domain at THE price! $.99 .Com Domains from GoDaddy!

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

TIPS FOR WRITING
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!

About 

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.


Tips for maintaining a healthy balance in your writing career

In this current society, everyone wants to be successful regardless of the cost and toll it takes on their family and health. People are willing to work long hours with no breaks, no leisure activity or without the proper exercise. Writers spend most of their day building their brand, networking with customers, marketing their product, and so forth. It is important to maintain a healthy balance in your writing career especially if you’re expecting to keep up with this line of work for the long haul.

WHY SHOULD WE MAINTAIN A HEALTHY BALANCE?
1. To prevent burnout
2. To maintain your sanity
3. To maintain stability and longevity
4. To keep the creative juices flowing
5. To think clearly and logically

Making sure that you have a clear thought process and preventing physical and mental burnout will help you keep a positive balance in your writing career.

THINGS WE SHOULD STOP DOING?
1. Wearing too many hats without having the proper systems in place.
2. Neglecting time throughout the day to relax and reflect.
3. Putting your career before your family and your health.
4. Not surrounding yourself around the right people and support system.
5. Trying to achieve success too quickly.

It’s not healthy to put all of your energy into your work and never have anytime for family or to do fun and relaxing things with your friends. Also, you should hang around people or go places that inspire your writing.

TIPS FOR MAINTAINING BALANCE!
1. Exercise frequently
2. Take breaks
3. Spend time with family
4. Find a quiet and relaxing place to write
5. Prioritize the major events
6. Learn to say no
7. Learn that success takes time
8. Become a lifelong learner
9. Study your craft
10. Pace yourself
11. Don’t damage your brand
12. Take refresher writing courses
13. Develop a healthy diet
14. Join a writing group
15. Have balance in your home
16. Don’t let stress build up
17. Relax and rest
18. Work on you

It’s impossible to help others when you’re not able to help yourself. Therefore, put the following tips into practice and start this new journey filled with balance and healthy life choices.

About 

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.


Aspiring writers need to build their audience

Many writers make the mistake of building their author platform at the last-minute instead of starting the process prior to the books publication date. In order for this to work, your timing and understanding of “platform” must be in tack.

Platform has less to do with self-promotion and more to do with building your audience, authority, exposure, and consistency. Many authors are concerned with recognition and popularity, but forget to focus on building long-lasting relationships with their readers and becoming an expert in their field through research and experience.

Take a look at the following questions. They should serve as a guide for you in building your own platform in the future.

1. What communities, writing groups or memberships are you apart of?
THIS SHOWS YOUR COMMITMENT TO YOUR CRAFT.

2. How many Facebook or Twitter followers do you have?
THIS SHOWS THE SUPPORT FROM YOUR COMMUNITY AND READERS.

3. Do you blog or guest blog? How many subscribers do you have?
THIS SHOWS YOUR ABILITY TO CREATE NEW CONTENT.

4. Where has your work been published or seen?
THIS SHOWS YOUR WRITING AND PUBLISHING ABILITIES.

5. What are your credentials and qualifications?
THIS SHOWS YOUR CREDIBILITY AND EXPERTISE.

6. Have you been invited to speak at a conference or convention?
THIS SHOWS YOUR AUTHORITY ON THE SUBJECT.

7. How much website traffic do you get?
THIS SHOWS YOUR ABILITY TO REACH AND KEEP NEW READERS.

Suggestions on how to build your author platform
1. Speak at conferences
2. Network with publishers
3. Join writing groups
4. Obtain a MFA in writing
5. Create a blog
6. Publish articles in magazines
7. Attend ALA and other book conferences
8. Gain blog and email newsletter subscribers
9. Take courses through UCLA Extension

Tips to remember
1. Blog weekly and tweet daily.
2. Remember that people buy books so try to connect with your readers.
3. Don’t chase money, chase the vision. The money will come.

RELATED ARTICLES:
Advice for Writers: Find a Quiet Room to Write
Advice for Writers: Find the Right Editor

About 

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.


Quiet room to write

Don’t let meaningless noise distract you from writing. My advice – find a quiet room to write!

Finding solitude in your home or office can be the first step in starting or finishing your novel. We don’t always notice it, but there are built-in distractions that sort of leach away at our time and focus, leaving us drained and distracted.

How do we avoid this? The answer is simple – designate a specific place for writing.

RELATED ARTICLE:
Advice for Writers: Find the Right Editor

I’ve learned early in my writing career that time is our most valuable commodity and once our time is lost, it can never be returned. In knowing this, I practice locking myself inside of my home office for at least one hour a day so that I can think, plan, and write. Aside from prayer, this ritual has become the basis of my success. Understanding how time works and how to utilize every precious moment can be valuable to writers.

How do we start? Well, FIRST make sure that you designate a place that is solely for writing. Don’t try to combine your workout room, television room, and writing space all together in one. This can cause a distraction for you which can ultimately hinder your ability to focus and write.

SECOND, make sure that you notify your friends and family of your solitary moment. If you wait until the last-minute to notify your child that you will be unavailable during the same time that he or she has soccer practice, then this could cause chaos. You must understand that this is another form of distraction which we are trying to avoid.

RELATED ARTICLE:
Advice for Writers: Find the Right Illustrator

THIRD, disconnect or turn off your phone. This step is probably the hardest to adjust to since we live in an era where our phones have become our best friends.

NEXT, make sure that you have all of the supplies and resources that you need i.e. Pencil, paper, computer, cup of coffee, light snack, etc. You don’t want to stop right in the middle of a sentence just to head downstairs for something to drink which could possibly break up your creative flow and hinder you from finishing.

LAST, try to relax, stay calm, and just write! Your novel will thank you later!


THE domain at THE price! $.99 .Com Domains from GoDaddy!

TIPS FOR WRITING
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

RELATED ARTICLE:
Advice for Writers: Build Your Author Platform

About 

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.


Find an editor to copyedit your manuscript

Aspiring writers can now gain access to free advice and information for finding an editor.

You are pretty much done with soliciting valuable feedback from your friends and family and now you believe that your story is complete. After long writing sessions, gluing yourself to the computer, falling asleep with your face inside of the dictionary, and joining tons of writing groups…what could possibly be next?

Your next step is to hire an editor. It is time for them to critique your plot and story elements, and then flush out any spelling or grammatical errors that may hinder the flow of your story. When looking for a qualified editor, please use wisdom and common sense. Double check their website, references, credentials, past work experience, social media presence, etc. Ask tons of questions regarding their availability, expertise, and pricing. If they are genuine and professional, they will answer any posing questions that you may have. Lastly, make sure that they sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement which protects the confidentiality of your work.

Finding the right editor can be very scary for new authors. It’s hard turning over your manuscript to someone in fear that they may actually butcher it.


Here are three things to remember!

First, make sure that the editor has a degree in English, a resume, a writing portfolio, and a current client list, all of which show their talent and expertise. Next, search for someone who is great at listening to directives and instructions, but allows their editing genius to turn your manuscript into an award-winning novel. Lastly, hire someone for the long haul. Most likely, you will work with this person on multiple projects so having a good relationship with them will pay off in the end.

After working with the award-winning Lynn Hightower through the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program, I spent about two weeks looking for someone to professionally edit Broccoli Chronicles. I solicited several editors, in which I clearly learned that forming the proper relationship is the only way that this thing could actually work. Shortly after, I stumbled across Julia Temlyn who has become a great fit for me and my company. Through her, I have learned a lot about grammar, word choice, punctuation, and so much more!

Julia Temlyn edits for Building Voices and edited the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles

In the small time that Broccoli Chronicles has been published, it won the 2015 National Indie Excellence Award in Children’s Fiction and won Honorable Mention in Foreword Reviews’ 2014 ‪INDIEFAB‬ Book of the Year Awards for Juvenile Fiction! I contribute this success to my whole team!

If I could leave you with anything, it would be this…Remember to do your research, trust your gut, and do not be afraid to ask questions!

This post can also be found on the Children’s Writer’s Guild website.


Grammar Check

RELATED ARTICLE:
Advice for Writers: Find the Right Illustrator
Advice for Writers: Build Your Author Platform

About 

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.


Tip 1 of 6 Tips for Aspiring Writers

When you first begin writing, don’t pay attention to formatting and structure, just focus on getting out all of your thoughts and ideas.  Make sure that you set the scene, give all of your characters names and start putting together the conflict and action within the story.  As you focus on setting, ask yourself where do you want the story to take place?  Is it based in the 1950’s and 1960’s or is it based in today’s society?  Now start to think about geographic location.  Is it based in California or some made up city?  If you decide to write a fiction piece, then you have endless opportunities.  You also want to consider whether the story takes place in the day or night and does the whole story take place during a specific season, during an intense weekend, on a deserted island or at a drama infused wedding?

Next, as you name your characters, make sure that you describe their physical appearance, emotions, actions as well as their personality.  Character development is extremely important.  We want to know and feel who your characters are.  Are they tall or short?  Are they quiet or feisty?  What culture are they from?  How old are they? Remember to show and not tell!  Let me give you an example.

Tell: Tom is ten years old today.

Show: Tom blew out all ten candles from his birthday cake.

Tell: Robert wears glasses.

Show: Robert jumped down from the tree; luckily his glasses didn’t fall off.

Finally, make sure that you have a plot.  Your plot is basically the events that make up your story.  What is your plan, your storyline and what do you want your characters to accomplish? Now throw in some conflict and rivalry and now you have a story.

Have fun writing!

RELATED ARTICLES:
Aspiring Writers Tip 2
Aspiring Writers Tip 3
Aspiring Writers Tip 4
Aspiring Writers Tip 5
Aspiring Writers Tip 6

About 

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.

Welcome to my writer blog, teacher blog, and self-publishing blog

Welcome! I’m Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva, author of the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles. This is where you find writing and educational tools to help kickstart your writing career.

Check out our resources and tools for aspiring writers, self-publishers, educators, and folks who love to read children’s books.


About 

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.

Last updated by at .