7 Things That Seem Intimidating as a New Freelancer but Actually Aren’t

For years, I was afraid of trying my hand at freelancing. It seemed like such a steep learning curve. And it was. Freelancing took over my life and my energy for the first month or two. There was so much to learn. However, I had allowed my fear to stop me from trying for a… Continue reading 7 Things That Seem Intimidating as a New Freelancer but Actually Aren’t

How to Write More Complex Rural Characters

I got rid of my southern Indiana accent on purpose. My father pronounces “iron” like “arn” and “Italian” like “eye-talian,” but as a child, I understood on a deep level that his accent was wrong in some way. The characters I admired on TV didn’t talk that way. Most of the characters who spoke like my… Continue reading How to Write More Complex Rural Characters

How To Convince Yourself to Take the First Step—Even From the Boonies

I know you've heard it a thousand times: "The first step is the hardest." But it's true. Even making the decision to try is the most difficult part. And I don't mean telling yourself that someday you'll give your creative pursuit a go. I mean driving along the highway one day and deciding, with determination,… Continue reading How To Convince Yourself to Take the First Step—Even From the Boonies