A Time To Build: What I'll Do During My July Blog Break

This has probably been the most productive year for my blog to date. I set goals this past January that I am proud to say I have met or am on the track to meet. I've become much more consistent in my blogging. I started a email newsletter that I have consistently sent out every Monday. I finished the manuscript for my first book of poetry and had it edited by a professional editor. I just completed a blog series for writers with day jobs. All of these things are things that only lived in my mind six months ago. I'm addicted to seeing things through now, and I'm excited about all of the ideas in my head that I have yet to act on.

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Writing In The Balance, Part 4: Tips On Balancing Your Day Job, Your Writing Career, and Your Personal Life with Ashley Coleman

I've admired Ashley Coleman and her work since I found her through a tweet from #Blkcreatives, an online social brand and blog for black writers, artists and other creatives. She balances her career with The Recording Academy, which sponsors The GRAMMYs each year, with WriteLaughDream.com, her brand for writers through which she writes helpful blog posts, teaches online and in person writing workshops, and creates printed content to help writers through every stage of writing and publishing.

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Writing In The Balance, Part 3: Systems and Routines for Writing Life Productivity with Nailah Harvey, Author of How To Write Your First Book

I found Nailah Harvey through the magic of Instagram. I have a habit of regularly searching hashtags to find other writers and bibliophiles to follow on all of the social media platforms that I’m on. Nailah’s profile caught me with her quick grammar tips and strategies for organizing as a writer. We also have the educator connection, so the fact that she balances writing books and maintaining a blog with teaching resonated with me.

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Writing In The Balance, Part 2: Finding Clarity and Direction in Your Writing Career with Kelly Rae Williams, Poet and Spoken Word Artist

Kelly Rae Williams is electric. In college, she became one of the forces that created Poet.she, a non-profit poetry organization that focuses on women and girls. She has traveled around the country as an award-winning spoken word artist. She has published a collection of poetry titled Real Girls Have Real Problems and has completed a second collection entitled Poetry as Protest.

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Writing In The Balance, Part 1: When You Feel Like Your Day Job Holds You Back From Your Dream Writing Career

I’ve been there. No, actually, I’m there now. I’m there with you when you start to feel like you should be at home writing when things start to get slow at your day job. I’m there with you when you get home and collapse on the couch when you meant to write out a few poems, the first 2,000 words of the novel that swims in your head during the day, or the pitch to the first magazine on your bucket list that you finally have the nerve to write.

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