What it means to have creative agency.

You are the Creative Director of your own life. Not just Director. And not just with lower case letters, either — Creative AND Capitalized. Official. Appointed. Artistic. Innovative.

Yesterday I shared the above post to my Instagram story.

And when I first saw it on my feed, I was like “HECK YEAH I AM!” and then immediately went to read the caption because OOO-eee mama, this goin’ be good, but it turned out to be about something different and I stopped reading.

But that made me think: what was I hoping the caption had read? …

50,000 words in 30 days. Let’s do this.

If you’re not familiar, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it’s a long-held tradition among novelists aiming to crank out 50,000 words of a novel in the month of November. That comes out to 1,667 words per day.

As you can probably imagine, for those who choose to participate, November feels both like an insane Marathon you’re not sure you should have signed up for, and like a sprint you don’t have time to reconsider because it’s already too late.

And this year I’m doing it as a blogger.

Audacious? Yes. Crazy? Absolutely. Has blogging 50,000 words in…

It doesn’t have to be fancy, it just has to work

To get started as a freelance writer, you only need one thing: a laptop.

Okay, two things: a laptop and an internet connection. Once you’re on your laptop with your browser of choice pulled up, Google Chrome being my favorite, where do you go from there?

When I started my freelance writing business back in May, I had no idea what I was getting into. I read lots of articles just like this one, trying to figure out what I was going to need to get rolling. …

Articles on creative writing to spark your inspiration.

When you major in something like “creative writing” you might get comments such as:

  • “What are you going to do with that?” (0/10 very unoriginal) OR,
  • “Oh, so you’ll never get a real job.” (They say as a “joke,” of course) OR,
  • “Yeah, I thought about doing that too but decided I wanted a job when I graduate.” (Good for you, pal!)

Despite the smug comments, throughout my college years, I was fully committed to my creative writing degree. Nothing and nobody could dissuade me from pursuing the thing I loved. …

It’s okay to be a little rebellious.

Monday morning began bright and early — without me.

I was still snuggled in bed, having slept through a score of alarm clocks (yes, I’m one of those people). When I finally opened my eyes, the day was well on it’s way to 10 o’clock, my early-morning-workout plans dashed and an impending sense of dread stealing into my stomach. Uh, oh, I realized in despair. I’m not going to get anything done today, am I?

No, no I was not.

But then I decided, why not embrace it? Why not take an Emotional Sick Day © like I used to…

The best short stories I read for my creative writing degree.

During a creative writing undergraduate degree, you may end up reading a few short stories. Those stories may produce thoughts such as:

  • Why can’t my writing be this good?
  • How did they DO THAT?
  • Okay, that sentence just made me cry. I’ll never write anything this amazing!

And then you’ll probably start to question your career choice, research the profitability of an Etsy store, and wonder about one-way plane ticket prices to Costa Rica.

But creative writing Professors assign some of the best work out there for a reason. And it’s not so we can sulk about our abilities —…

Resources to help you feel more creative!

On good days, I feel like my creativity is a blooming flower. And on bad days? It’s like mushy blueberries that have been out on the counter for too long and taste like dust. BUT IN REALITY, creativity is a lot like a pickle. Yeah, the long green dudes. Because creativity needs to ferment. It has to steep in ideas and thoughts in order to become that crispy, crunchy treat we all know and love.

So if you’re feeling that particular brand of panic that only comes from not knowing how to be ~creative~ enough, and every time you try…

Being creative on demand is TOUGH.

Just be fresh and new and snappy and bold and witty and hip and entertaining! Oh, and have it done by tomorrow. PANIC MODE.

When I was in middle school trying to write young adult novels (all of which vaguely resembled Twilight and should never see the light of day), I only wrote when I felt like it. An hour here, an hour there. It was all for fun and there was no pressure to complete any of it by a certain deadline. …

So easy!…Right?

  1. Discover that having an online writing business is even POSSIBLE.
  2. Get really, really, really excited. Day dream about it. Have actual dreams about it. Think about it pretty much all the time. Journal about it. Annoy all your friends by talking about it constantly.
  3. Read about having an online writing business: all the articles, books, and ebooks you can get your hands on.
  4. Go for an invigorating run where you question all your life choices and wonder what the heck you’re supposed to do with this one life you’ve been given and freak the ever-loving vodka out — then finally…

Frankly, I’m not totally sure. A lot of it was luck.

I’m here to talk about MONEY. Strap in, babes!

Or, more specifically, making money. Because we all wish we could be doing more of that. And unfortunately, for the last four months, I wasn’t making ANY of it. No, I don’t count my monthly .30 cent Medium earnings. I was super broke.

But that all changed in the last few weeks when I landed my first monthly retainer with a client I absolutely ADORE (check out Foodtography School — they are stellar!). Now, I suddenly find myself making enough to pay my rent, buy groceries, and eat Chinese food once…

Grace Claman

Copywriter + Content Strategist. On a freelance writing journey. Find me here: graceclaman.com or IG: grace.claman

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