The Writing Brain

iEvery day nonstop.

Quoth The Wordsmith

Vatican Museums Spiral Staircase 2012 I am always thinking about writing. Whether I am in the garden, playing video games, or on the phone with a friend. Just about everything sparkles with the beginning of a story when I think about it. Whether a long tale, or a short one. Poems sprout up among the dirt and the weeds as I prepare the earth for planting. Butterflies pull trails of words behind them as they dip and hover through my yard. Stories dance and squeal as they grasp at the heels of my romping dogs. Beginnings float up into the air through the evaporation over my saucepan. Endings whisper in the sunsets and the melting snow.

Everything speaks to me, and it is both a welcome experience as well as a curse. It’s hard to just “be” when your brain is constantly running. When I dream, my dreams are often vivid, and I will wake with…

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The Key to Surviving as a Freelance Writer

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Live to Write - Write to Live

beach clouds Just like the ocean, freelance life has its own ebb and flow.

If you’re considering life as a freelance writer, you’re probably wondering if you have what it takes to make it. You may be worried that you aren’t experienced enough, talented enough, or connected enough to build and maintain a business. Those are all valid concerns, but they aren’t nearly as important as you might think. Truth is, there are plenty of experienced, talented, connected writers out there who never manage to pull off writing full-time for a living.

Would you like to know what holds them back? It’s one, small chink in their armor: an inability to adjust to the ebb and flow of the freelance writing life.

For anyone coming from a 9-to-5 background, a transition to the comparatively freeform existence of a self-employed writer can be quite a shock to the system. Set routine, regular hours…

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