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The Need to Breathe For Creativity

Inspiration can strike at any time — but as Winnie the Pooh put it, “doing nothing often leads to the very best of something.”

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A Journalist’s Guide to Successfully Interviewing Anybody

Interviews are one of the many perks that come with your title in the media industry. They function as your excuse to pick a stranger’s brain and speak with them as if you’ve been friends for years.

But fostering the ideal, conversational-yet-informative interview is difficult — especially if you’re new to the process.

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Finding Your Niche as a Freelance Writer

Navigating the trials and tribulations of discovering your specialty as a writer is basically one big game of throwing shit at a wall and seeing what sticks.

But even then — where do you start?

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Should You Feel Challenged By Your Work?

Being self-employed comes with its own set of challenges: establishing your business, carefully keeping track of your taxes and deduction, generating leads, negotiating your own health insurance… The list goes on and on.

However, you may notice your day-to-day workflow falling into an all-too-predictable routine. You feel fortunate to do what you love for a living, but is it stimulating enough? Do you feel challenged – or rather, should you feel challenged?

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Write Now, Edit Later

As your caffeine-induced writing binge draws to a close, you shake the 90-words-per-minute keystrokes off your hands and wipe your brows. Phew!

But it’s not over ’till it’s over. In fact, now you’re tasked with the most important (and often the most challenging) part of your writing rendezvous.

Push back your glasses, it’s time to start editing… Or is it?

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Establishing a Personable Brand

Take a look at who you’re following online and ask yourself why you follow them. You probably follow a few loved ones, perhaps some colleagues. Maybe some of the accounts you follow are owned by celebrities or brands.

Now, think about why you follow a brand on social media. Naturally, it’s assumed that you like the brand. But do you follow every brand you like online?

What’s so special about the brands you follow? What has encouraged you to pledge your online support to them?

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Extinguishing Freelancer Burn Out

Often times after I say that I’m a full-time freelancer, it’s met with wide-eyes and a jaw fully agape.

“But, how do you stay motivated to work,” I’m frequently asked. “How do you keep yourself from procrastinating or just screwing off all day?”

Quite the opposite ends up happening to us freelancers, actually.

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Now Introducing: Burgundy Bug

You know her as the “bug behind the blog,” but did you know The Burgundy Zine editor burgundy bug is also a full-time freelancer?

That’s right, bug buddies. I’ve launched my own portfolio site, where you can learn more about the services I provide and inquire about working with me on your upcoming projects.

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