Patience, grasshopper

Recently, a long-time friend and colleague wrote me an e-mail. “Patience, grasshopper!” she said, referring to a project we were working on together. I had to laugh because I was in full-blown get-it-done mode. She knows me too well. Waiting settles in my chest like the start of a bad cold threatening to turn into […]

Three reasons I’m loving collaboration

  I’ve been at this self-employment thing for seven years now, and four of those years have been full-time (three were alongside teaching and graduate school). And it works for me: the solitude, freedom, and focus align perfectly with my personality. In fact, when I was teaching high school, I was known for locking my […]

Writing your entrepreneurial story

  In a previous post about retrofitting creativity, I discussed the difficulty entrepreneurs—especially creative entrepreneurs—often have in helping other people understand how all their career pieces fit together. I wrote: What looks like a gap is actually growth. What seems like a failure is really a necessary foundational piece by which you build your entire […]

4 simple steps to publishing your first book

When Reedsy founder and CEO Emmanuel Nataf reached out to me recently on LinkedIn, I was intrigued. A platform that integrates editing, design, and publication? No more worry about version control? Easily find creatives to help make your book happen?  No way, I thought. But it’s true: it exists.  While I’m new to the site, […]

Retrofitting Creativity

  Nothing gives me more anxiety than filling out a form detailing my career past. Role? Length at position? Responsibilities? None of these fit for me. Worse yet, when I’ve tried to retrofit my creative life to a standard trajectory, I end up sounding, well . . . scattered. Explaining how every piece of my […]

Why You Must Craft Your Own Reality

I almost titled this, “The post in which I get real.” Because here’s the thing: It’s easy to write a post targeting X reader about Y project.  It’s simple to write a cookie-cutter article sharing five steps toward accomplishing Z. Seriously, after 800+ articles and dozens of books, I can do that in my sleep. […]

Reverse Journaling Video

How Reverse Journaling Helps Bring Focus and Clarity (Video)

[youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpKo-pWTJSg[/youtube]   When I was a high school English teacher, I started every class with a journal prompt. As I watched my students come in the door, sit down, and work on their journals each class period, I felt like I was seeing a transformation take place before my eyes. They changed from […]

On Starting a New Book

I’ve spent the last week plus in a sort of ritual: getting my writing space just so, organizing my notes, preparing my brain for the huge task of writing a new book. It’s funny—each time I get ready to write another book, I think I’ll be able to ease into it gracefully and efficiently. As […]

Learning Your Value: Why It’s Critical to Charge What You’re Worth

I started my business from a one-bedroom apartment in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Our only air conditioning unit was in the bedroom, and with the Caribbean heat, that often meant I camped out on my bed to get work done. I didn’t have a desk or any real space to store my files and office […]

What’s It Like to Be a Freelancer? Here’s a Look

Fifty-three million. That’s the number of freelancers in the U.S.—more than one in three workers—according to a study by Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk. Of that number, over 21 million are considered independent contractors, working on a project-to-project basis with no employer. Professional writers—often called content marketers—fit into all categories of freelancing, from full time freelance […]