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On Writing

The Creative Process, by KarinaPrints on Etsy

Being a writer is a strange thing, full of contradictions.

One one hand, you think you have something worthwhile to say. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be writing. There’s a sense, deep inside of you, that you can tell stories in a way others can’t. You can sift and hum and weigh, and finally find it -that perfect word or sentence or phrase to express a previously inexpressible feeling. The worn-down feeling of a relationship on its last wobbling legs, the suffocating experience of being a mother to small children, the warm crush of close family, the hot rush of a sexual encounter.

On the other hand, your words are shit and your sentences are garbage and your sentiments are trite, overwrought, and pedestrian. You’re just repeating what other (better) writers have been saying (more skillfully) for decades.

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Live, Learn, Give, Sustain

Door Knocker Print by BCN Photo on Etsy

I don’t know if I believe in serendipity, but I do believe in keeping an open mind, being aware of opportunities, and above all, having the curiosity and courage to walk through the strange and sometimes unexpected doors that life opens to you.

Luck’s an iffy thing to put your faith in, so I don’t – instead, I’ve tried to work hard and pursue my passions, even though¬†they sometimes seem like they aren’t leading anywhere productive at first (but that’s OK, productivity is overrated anyway).

Nonetheless, sometimes events happen in life that really do seem like luck. Or even serendipity.

My most recent serendipitous event began with a simple email.

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Friday Night Roundup 07/01-07/14

Friday Night Roundup - SweetMadeleine,ca

Here are my published posts from 07/01-07/14. Enjoy!

Earth 911
How to Deal With Recycling Guilt
3 Clothing Recycling Mistakes You May Be Making

Freelancer’s Union Blog
How Not to Freelance: Or, Why I Finally Admitted That I Was a Business Owner

SheKnows
15 Pictures of Jessica Simpson’s Seriously Beautiful Family
5 Times Peyton Manning Was Amazing
6 Celebrity Summer Vacation Pictures You Have to See
The Ultimate Will Ferrel Quotes Quiz

QuickBooks
Here’s Some Timeless Business Advice: Be the Best and Charge Accordingly

 

Writing

The 6 Best Tools For Freelance Writing

The 6 Best Tools for Freelance Writing

20 Supplies from My ToolBox by Sdion Baker Design on Etsy

It’s been just over two years since I began freelance writing, and I’ve learned a lot.

There are six tools in particular that I really wish I’d known about when I began this career. If there are any other freelance writers out there, current or aspiring, I hope this gives you the head start I wish I’d had!

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Friday Night Roundup 06/10-06/30

Friday Night Roundup - SweetMadeleine,ca

Here are my published posts from 06/10-06/30. Why am I three weeks late? Reasons, okay? Reasons.

SheKnows

The Best Celebrity Commencement Speeches from 2017 So Far
11 Celebs Who Have Had Steamy Summer Flings
10 Gay Celebrities Who Recently Tied The Knot or Got Engaged
A Compendium of Photos of Keith Urban’s Hair Throughout the Years
Here’s Where Your Favorite Celebs Went to College
All the Things I Yelled at My TV During the Big Brother Premiere
8 Memes We’ll Never Get Tired of Sharing
5 Facts About David and Victoria Beckham’s 20-Year Romance

TomatoInk
3 Eco-Friendly Sunscreens for Kids Who Hate Sunblock