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Don't forget to stop and smell the flowers by DeAnna Troupe

posted Jul 3, 2012, 8:39 AM by Scott Seldon   [ updated Jul 3, 2012, 11:10 PM ]
While most of the writers participating in the Master Koda Blog Tour write fiction, this week I am pleased to host DeAnna Troupe, a non-fiction writer. Here is her take on using an image to inspire her writing.

Okay, fiction and I have never been friends, so I'm not going to punish you by trying to make you suffer through a fiction piece of mine. Instead I used the photo to write an advice piece. Enjoy.

Do you schedule time to stop and smell the roses?

I know we all get busy with our businesses. We have to finish writing our books. Once we finish writing the books we have to edit the books. Once the books get edited and published, we have to promote the books. Whew. That's a lot. However, in all of that be sure to schedule time for breaks. Remember to schedule time for stuff like eating and sleeping. I know it seems silly to remind people to eat, but entrepreneurs always forget that, especially if they are on a deadline.

Schedule some face time with the people you meet online. People will be more likely to buy your books if they have met you in person. It's pretty cool to be reading a book and say, "I know the author personally." when you tell other people about the fabulous book you are reading.

Schedule some time for fun stuff as well. If you don't schedule time for what you consider fun, you will burn out and your writing will suffer. If you're a writer, you should also be reading. Read books in your genre so you can get an idea of what other people are selling. Read books in other genres as well so you can keep your creative juices going. Don't forget your hobbies. You know, those things you do other than writing. Things like art, fishing, gardening-stuff that you can do to relax and get your mind off of the fact that you're stuck on a plot or you can't figure out a name for your main character's sidekick. Lastly, make sure you spend some time with your friends and family. You don't want them to become resentful because all they ever see of you is the back of your head.

DeAnna Troupe is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and a serial entrepreneur that has always loved helping others.  Her very first job was as an algebra tutor at the tender age of 14.  Since then she has amassed over 10 years of experience at all levels of business including running her own freelance secretarial business for 5 years.  She has been on the social media scene since before we even knew that’s what we were doing.  She has a knack for coming up with creative ways to solve tough problems.  She has two books out on Amazon’s kindle. One is called Tips For The Sophisticated Marketer. The other one is called Tips About Twitter For The Sophisticated Marketer. She is an effective teacher that enjoys seeing her clients get to the next level with their business.  When she’s not coaching clients on integrating video in their social media strategy, she enjoys spending time with her husband and kids. She also enjoys reading, writing, crocheting, singing, playing cards, and playing board games.