Creativity

4 unconventional strategies to stop procrastinating – for good

Motivating yourself to blog sounds easy in theory but difficult in practice. Why is that? Blogging as a skill isn’t something that is impossible to master; it is the…


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What does it mean to be a creative freelancer in post-election America?

“Art is the chalice into which we pour the wine of transcendence.” -Stanley Kunitz


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If you have these 5 traits, you might make an amazing freelancer

I used to think anyone could learn a skill, find businesses which needed that skill to grow their business, and ultimately create a client-service freelance career (or side hustle). After…


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The science behind plagiarism, and tips for catching violators

Ever since writing evolved, plagiarism has existed in one form or another. Religions share origin stories, and it is difficult to determine who was first or who copied who. As…


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Is your office space stressing you out? Here are 5 tips to declutter and destress

A recent survey found that as many as 8 in 10 Americans are stressed out about their jobs. That means, if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance…


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5 business and life lessons that can help creative professionals

As a business coach for creative professionals I believe that professional development and personal growth go hand in hand. A few months ago, I watched the Netflix documentary “I Am…


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11 ways you can (legally) steal click-worthy headlines

If you're anything like me, when you sit down to write a blog post a blank page is the kiss of death for creativity. It makes me seize up and…


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7 ways to fight work-related depression (an infographic)

Working from home where you have no time frames or strict rules is a kind of the dream! Although freelance work seems to be appealing to many people, it also…


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What's your chronotype? How to optimize your routine

Do you have trouble getting up in the morning? Or are you most energized in the earliest morning hours? Many freelancers like working for ourselves because we can make our…


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How travel can help you overcome writer's block

If you were anything like me after graduating college, you’ll remember the anxious feeling that comes along with all of the uncertainty ahead. And you’ll remember how deadly…


Creativity

5 tools that will make you a better writer

Writing is a fulfilling but lonely pastime, and sometimes you're not sure how to improve your skills. Thanks to the internet, though, there's plenty that can help you improve your…


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5 reasons to share your work-in-progress

It is easy to fall prey to the conviction that we can't share our work until it's polished and ready for a formal unveiling. We feel like we need to…


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3 business boosting exercises you can do at the beach, park, or lake

Hip, hip hooray, it’s the final stretch of summer! What are your plans? Wherever you fall on the spectrum of work and play, the last warm weather days of…


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Plagiarism can wreck a writing career: How to avoid it

We all know that plagiarism is wrong. It was drummed into our heads in every English class we ever took, and it’s a sure-fire way to sabotage a writing…


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How to turn mistakes into stepping stones to success

I have nothing personal against bees; I’ve heard that their lives can get quite busy and that’s fine by me. But this year, the bees in my yard…


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Define your freelance brand in one simple exercise

When we begin freelancing (or when we’re looking to more clearly categorize our work, or retool our careers), the thought of “defining your freelance brand” can be daunting. How…


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How to overcome loneliness as a freelancer

One of the often overlooked facts of freelance life is that it’s a solitary pursuit. Even if our work requires contact with many people, we're still solo acts at…


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Making time for relaxation (even when you're overworked)

Finding time for relaxation when you’re juggling multiple freelance projects or staring down the barrel of a deadline may seem like a fool’s errand (“A MOVIE? YOU THINK…


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Confessions of a former procrastinator: 10 tips for becoming a Time Management Master

Ever agonized over how successful people just seem to get more done in a day? How to they do it all!? Here's the secret: It’s not just about getting…


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Note to writers: Don't read the comments

I will admit that the first time that I was asked to blog for a national outlet, I was afraid. I wasn’t afraid because I doubted my writing skills…