Guest post from Dean Burgess: Working from home as a writer can be a joy and a challenge. Having a productive office is key to success. The following are important aspects to focus on when setting up your workspace.
Furniture and Equipment
The furniture and equipment you use during your workday have a major impact on your health and comfort level. Choose a chair that is comfortable and supportive. Make sure the lighting in the area is bright enough to prevent eye strain but not harsh or headache-inducing. An ergonomic keyboard can make long periods of typing easier on your wrists. Consider investing in a standing desk. There are numerous health benefits associated with these devices, including:
Guest Post by Dean Burgess.
Working from home is here to stay for many of us, but it’s not always easy to stay focused on work when you’re not in the office. If you struggle to concentrate when you bring your work home, a home office is ideal for increasing productivity. A Google search on designing a home office typically turns up articles that only apply to people with spare rooms in their homes. This article explores how someone living in a small space can create a functional home office. The trick is to work with what you have. JD&J Design presents some easy tips for creating a home office in a small living space.
1. Use Underutilized Areas
The area beneath your staircase, a rarely used cupboard, and an attic eave make great office spaces. Because no one frequents these spaces, they provide an environment free of distractions. You can also decorate these areas however you like, and no one will complain.
They say that in every person is a book, so if this is the case, why is it only some of us go on to write, edit and publish this book? How many laptops have folders with the beginnings of a manuscript in, always started with the very best of intentions, only to be slowly put on the shelf after a couple of months?
Over the past couple of weeks, we have been refocusing on the services that we offer the authors we work with, as we’ve been in the publishing industry for many years now, we have seen some changes in how self-publishing works and what is important to an indie author.
Self-publishing is an exciting place to be, more and more authors are taking the step in bringing their work to an audience, which is great for those of us who love reading, but for the author, they face more competition than ever before.
Many of us will be thinking of setting goals, taking time to come up with lists of what we would like to achieve during the next 12 months to become better versions of ourselves. However, what follows is a list of massive unsustainable targets which we keep for the first month and then gradually drop as we slip back into our old (and easier) habits
Guest post by Angela Baker
For some reason, we distinguish “professional” writers from authors. They seem to be categorized as those who earn money writing anything other than books – blog posts, website content, business reports, and plans, etc., grants, journal and news articles and editorials, marketing content and ads (including video scripts), and more.
What most “professionals” do not write are novels. So, it almost seems contra-indicative to claim that professional writers can actually boost their talents and skills by reading fiction – a genre that seems to have nothing to do with their careers.
Yet, if you bear with this writer, you will see 7 powerful benefits for professional writers who read fiction.
If you’re looking for inspiration as an author, sometimes reading the thoughts of those who have already had a taste of success or have a wealth of experience can really help. Many of these people also like to share their knowledge (which is great for everyone) and do so on a regular basis via their blogs.
But which blogs should you take a look at? I mean, blogs are not exactly a new thing, so your choice can be a little overwhelming.
Here are our five favorite blogs that we think you should (as an author) take a look at, and if there’s one we missed which you think is amazing, just let us know in the comment section below.
As an author it can sometimes feel very lonely, you’ve great ideas for a book, you’ve either finished writing it or are in the process, but where do you look for some advice when you need it?
Well, there are other successful authors who have been where you are, and through their experience, you can gain insight into what you should (and importantly) what you shouldn’t do to be a successful author.
Guest post from Angela Baker
Writing is a beautiful creative process that can have a beneficial effect on our mental health and inner peace. It can help us find a connection between our mind and our emotions and establish a balance that we all need. This is because writing can shape thinking. But, what does that mean?
There are impressive ways in which writing shapes our thinking and can help us reach depths we didn't even know existed. If you want to learn more, just keep reading. Here's how writing positively influences your thinking and helps you grow.
The beginning of a new year will always fill people with ideas of change and motivation to achieve their goals, but several weeks in and it is easy to slip back into the old ‘comfortable’ way of doing things, before you know it, the goals are a distant thought and it’s ‘business as usual’, which is not great for you or your goals.
But you may be asking yourself ‘I don’t have many goals set, I just want to publish my book or lose weight or get that promotion’, whatever the goal is (and as you’re reading a blog which is heavily based around books and publishing, I’m assuming its about working on your book), you should take some time to refocus and plan out how you’ll achieve hitting or even setting your target for 2021.
The good news is that setting targets and goals is easy to do, you just need to be specific and realistic about it. If you look at the world of business, goals are set as S.M.A.R.T goals, meaning that they are:
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