The Writing Lounge for Aspiring Authors - Guest Blog by JaQuette J. Gilbert
Meet Ja'Quette J. Gilbert, an Author and Writing Coach
If you haven't met Ja'Quette J. Gilbert, please read her first introduction blog, From Book Ideas to Published Masterpiece, then find out more about her in here. I'm excited to invite you to join her writing community for inspiration, support, and comradery!
How and what got you started in your fields?
I am a school counselor by day and a writer by night. I got started in education because of my love for helping children. I became a writer because I’ve enjoyed storytelling since I was a little girl. I used to write in my journal often and even created fiction stories as an elementary-aged student. I loved how great stories made me feel, and I wanted to write stories of my own that others could enjoy.
How long have you been writing?
I started blogging in December 2014 because it was something I had on my bucket list for a while. A year later, I got more intentional about what I posted on my blog and chose to I shared and started writing my first book. I have changed writing topics quite a bit because I didn’t realize I could (and should) write about the things that make my heart sing.
For the past year or so, I’ve been focusing on creating content to help women discover their truths, create authentic content, and proudly share their stories. I am much happier with these topics.
How are you doing in these areas?
I feel as if I’m continuously discovering new things about myself through journaling and self-reflection. I like to incorporate my discoveries into personal essays. I have been focusing on establishing myself as a thought leader in self-discovery, content creation, and self-publishing.
What are the toughest things to overcome in this field so far?
The toughest thing to overcome in writing is fear. Fear of rejection and fear of not being “good enough”. It’s a struggle but we as writers must work diligently to overcome negative self-talk, and we must reject negative thoughts that flood our mind.
How do you find your readers or clients and interacting with them?
Social media is a huge reason why I’m able to reach my readers. My readers are spread out on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. In the past, I’ve attended a Twitter chats consistently. I’ve also met readers through various Facebook groups. Intentionally networking does great wonders for meeting new subscribers. For example, I’ve met some incredibly talented writers in Twitter chats and highly suggest attending one if you ever get the time.
What are some of the most satisfying experience in your work?
I am most satisfied with my work when someones who reads it tells me by email that they can identify with something I wrote. Hearing that my words have made a difference in someone’s life is more than I could ever ask for.
How do you find inspirations?
I find my inspirations through journaling and being present. I enjoy sharing my perspective on issues at hand I’m grateful my perspective helps me connect with like-minded individuals.
Which bloggers do you subscribe to and whom do you recommend?
I am subscribed to a few bloggers, such as the Alisha Nicole, byRegina, Ashley Coleman Thomas of Write Laugh Dream, and GG Renee of All the Many Layers. Each woman helps me with business and entrepreneurship and/or writing.
What are your daily must do activities to stay balanced personally and professionally as most of us work from home?
Daily tasks include ensuring I know what’s on my agenda for the day, writing, getting enough sleep, setting aside time for self-care, and reading. It’s difficult to know if you’ve met a goal when you aren’t aware of the steps. That’s why I put everything I need to do in my Visionary Journal. The Visionary Journal is a goal-planning system that has been working quite well for me.
Anything you'd like to add or tips for new authors?
My biggest tip for new authors is to be yourself. Too often we do things to get our numbers higher and make more money. I would caution every author to find out what he/she should write about and why. We’ve got to be passionate about the things we write. When we are passionate, our writing shows it.
Do you have a Facebook group?
Yes, I do have a Facebook Group called The Writer’s Lounge. We have weekday prompts and share messages to help writers from all genre with the ins and outs of writing and self-publishing.
Do you have a Newsletter that aspiring writers can join?
Yes, I do. You can join The Writers Lounge if you’re seeking motivation, tough love, and info how to expand your readership, then you’re in the right place. This e-letter is sent every first and third Sunday/Saturday.
How Do We Connect With You and Purchase Your Books?
I’d love for you to check out the resources and articles available at www.thewriterslounge.co. I have an accountability group that meets every second Saturday of each month. If you are looking to connect with writers who want to see you succeed, we’d love to have you join us. You can find out how to join us on my site. I’m also on Twitter and Instagram at mrsjpgilbert and love interacting personally with my readers. Lastly, you can learn more about and purchase my books, 11 Ways to Jumpstart Your Thinking and Write. Reflect. Create.:250 Writing Prompts for the Creative & Introspective Writer from Amazon.