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 Deal with the Anxiety of Freelancing

I didn't expect all the freelancing anxiety that has cropped up in the last few weeks. Sure, I struggle with anxiety, but I had assumed that after I started pursuing my dream—to get paid to write—that the worrying would disappear. Yet it's only gotten worse, in many ways. Between juggling a part-time job, hustling to… Continue reading How to Deal with the Anxiety of Freelancing

20+ Resources for Rural Writers and Creative Types

Are you a rural creative type but need help figuring out what resources are at your fingertips? Have you heard that you should attend a residency or a workshop but have no clue where to find one? Does the idea of getting funded for your craft sound like a pipe dream? You're in the right… Continue reading 20+ Resources for Rural Writers and Creative Types

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

What It’s Like to Be a New Freelancer

I haven't written on here in a while because I have been focused on my freelancing business. It's exciting to even be able to say that—freelancing business. I have been considering becoming a freelancer for several years now, so the fact that I actually took the leap still surprises me. I'm in shock, I think.… Continue reading What It’s Like to Be a New Freelancer