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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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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