Accepting inherent weirdness isn't always easy. People look at you strange. And you face pressure to conform. But when you're willing to embrace all of your weird? It's liberating.
Welcome to the one time of the year when people notice words the most! As the winter holidays settle in, everyone gets touchy over what comes out of your mouth, lands in your feed, or even shows up on your lawn. And it's kind of ridiculous - if you ask me.
Finding stories is what writers do best. This gem flowed from a World Freedom Day prompt, but it rings equally powerful for Veterans Day
When you're a creative, you need a creative place to work. Otherwise, how do you get your neurons firing each day? Maybe my workspace won't show up in a magazine, but it encourages my brain to function in the delightfully strange ways I love.
Nothing's more important than finding ways to destress. And while your "flavor" may not always prove successful at that, nothing beats a rousing game night. You get laughter, shrieking, and comradery. It's the perfect way to get together with family and friends - assuming you still have friends by the end of the night.
Everyone knows the importance of vacations. But you're probably doing things wrong. If you follow the usual routine of a vacation, you're missing out on a goldmine for your writer brain. And the worst part? You'll never even know.
When you work as a freelancer, you focus on your craft. That makes sense. But you also have to devote part of your time to marketing and self-promotion. And that isn't always easy. Especially for those of us who identify as introverts. It's a learning process - one that doesn't get easier.
When you work in certain fields, you know the dress code. But freelancers live in their own world. Some of us may not venture into daylight. So pinning down appropriate attire gets tricky. And deciding how to dress for an interview? That's even more of a challenge.
Writers are readers - that's not a big secret. And it's not going to surprise anyone that we're also critics when it comes to our favorite books. So when Hollywood destroys them, we get downright nasty. And I've settled on the perfect way to prevent my blood pressure from going sky-high (mostly).
Something strange happens when people hear the word "freelance." They relax their common sense and start to invade your territory. Because "freelance" translates into "freedom." It isn't wrong, but it you don't learn to set boundaries, you'll find yourself losing that precious freedom pretty quick.