These days, it’s not just enough that you have a typewriter and impeccable grammar in order to become successful in freelance writing. At some point in our career, we need to invest on things in order to grow.
And when it comes to investing, the first thing that you need to learn is that it is a continuous and ever-changing process. It is just like filling your car with gasoline. Yes, the petrol that you poured can take you to faraway places, but you need to refill your tank again after sometime. You need to learn a new writing skill in order to satiate your readers, and you might even need to upgrade some of your gadgets. In this post, you’ll learn about the essential things that freelancers should invest in to boost their craft and their business.
Earlier this year we got a new puppy, Hero, a golden retriever and labrador-husky mix. Earlier this week we found ourselves with another one, a jack russell terrier named Max! Puppies galore! Yayyyy.
I know that hit Canadian TV series Orphan Black has been around a while – in fact, I’ve had the entire first season waiting for me since last year – but since I just finished season 1 this week I’m late to the party. I heard so many good things about Orphan Black and the reviews are right. It’s a kickass series with a kickass lead actress.
Or should I say, woman crush Friday? Sounds weeeird. Anyhoo, I found out about BBC TV series The Fall when I was reading an article about American actors in UK TV shows. The beautiful Gillian Anderson was on the list and I remember the article saying her ‘convincing’ British accent probably stemmed from the fact that she lived in London when she was a young girl. I know, that’s such a random and irrelevant detail to remember, but I love crime drama so I was intrigued by The Fall and decided I must watch it.
The show is one of those series with hour-long episodes and short seasons. Season 1 only had five episodes. Gillian Anderson plays Stella Gibson, a senior police officer who’s leading the task force investigating the murders of young women in Belfast. Stella Gibson is beautiful, strong, successful, calculating, focused, and very driven. She comes off as unfeeling and her colleagues seem to think she doesn’t have any emotion at all, but we can see that that’s not entirely true. She feels deeply for the murdered women and won’t stop until she catches the killer, who happens to be played by the equally beautiful Jamie Dornan a.k.a. Christian Grey (ugh).
Although these days my footwear of choice is a nice comfy pair of flipflops, I used to live in a pair of classic white adidas sneakers. I got them at a warehouse sale along with one of those classic adidas logo tees. I was a yuppie then and they were impulse purchases that turned out to be so worth it. Those sneaks and that shirt became my favorites and my go-to stuff for quite a long time. They even went with me on my first trip out of the country. I still have them but they have been loved to bits and are worn out. They have served me well and I have long given them their well-deserved retirement. Although… now I want to dig them up. I can still make it work, I think. I can always claim they’re vin-ˈtäzh! Hah.
ANYHOO, why am I talking about old shoes and tees? Because there’s a chance one of us could win not one but 12 pairs of adidas kicks! Holy improbability Batman! Check out the deets below.
How do you give yourself the space necessary to create?
This is the question designer and best-selling author Paul Jarvis posed to his readers and followers. He collaborated with writing platform Medium to give people a venue to post their response and Death to the Stock Photo has also generously provided ten amazing images that people can use in their stories.
I decided to grab the opportunity to do some practice writing and join in. I honestly had to think hard about it because I couldn’t really pinpoint a specific thing that I do that helps me get into that “creative space” or “writing zone.” It took a few minutes of net-browsing and reading some of the responses for me to come up with my own response.
Click here to read what I wrote.
Click on this link if you want to join in or read other people’s responses.
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By the way, the gorgeous feature image above is care of Death to the Stock Photo. Join their mailing list and receive a free pack of photos every month.