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Freelance Writing With Sensory and Emotional Overload – What It Means and 6 Coping Systems

Posted in Freelanc-ink, The Writer's Mind Hacks1 Comment
My mascot character Amelia Yoris comforting me having sensory and emotional overload

My mascot character Amelia Yoris comforting me through sensory and emotional overload. Artwork © Luana Spinetti

Disclaimer: I kept my description of sensory and emotional overload – and my illustration above – as non-triggering as possible. I give NO advice in this post about medical or herbal remedies, as I’m not a doctor and you might be allergic to the calming teas I drink. I suggest that you look up authoritative medical, autism and high sensitivity websites for more information. This post is about my own experience with sensory and emotional overload and it might be different for other people.

Have you ever felt your whole body exploding like a minefield, and your head become a big soup-shake?

Then the world stops making sense for you: you can’t articulate speech, you can hardly bear the slightest touch, smell, light and noise.

As a writer, you stop being able to type (the typing sound becomes painful, too) and stare at the computer screen, and you can’t read your drafts out loud to edit.

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That’s Not How It Works! – 12 Freelance Writing Myths to Dispel

Posted in Freelanc-ink5 Comments

“You freelance writers are all {insert assumption here}!”

And you just stare at the other person with widened eyes and mumble “But… that’s not how it works…”.

As a freelance writer myself, I have been there so many times, home and outside of home, that I have collected plenty of myths (or just wrong assumptions?) over the years about “writers without a boss” and the life we chose for ourselves.

The problem with such myths is that they can undermine your confidence in pursuing your career.

It’s why I had to get this post done quickly. To help you stay strong as a freelance writer — and to open non-freelancers’ eyes about what being a freelancer really means.

So, what myths about the freelance writing career do non-freelancers believe?

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29 Freelance Writing Challenges For The Next 12 Months

Posted in Freelanc-ink, Time Management2 Comments

Updated: March 2017 (and I’m approaching 32!)

29 Years - 20 Freelance Writing Challenges

The number is 29 because I turned 29 on June 17 (2014).

Yup! I have only one year left in my twenties and, as a writer, I want to get the most out of it. ;-)

Are you up to the challenge, too?

Because you see, these challenges are not here just for myself as a reminder, but to inspire you to take action and work toward your goals with a bit of healthy spirit of adventure.

29’s the number, folks!

Here are the freelance writing challenges I took up to enter my thirties with a bit of glory and more writing opportunities under my belt. (More clients, too?)

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How to Make the Most of Guest Blogging (eBook)

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This is a guest post by MyBlogGuest.com

Got your guest post published thinking your job is done? You are doing that wrong! Each guest post is your most valuable asset! Make the most of it!

Here are my two tricks:

Repackage Your Content For Fresh Views

Fresh View

Sometimes you just don’t have the inspiration. There is nothing wrong with that, we have all been there. Luckily, it doesn’t have to affect your ability to write effective and engaging guest posts. You just need to learn how to repackage content in a new and creative way.

This isn’t the same as rewriting. The actual facts of a topic rarely changes, at least more than would require an update. Providing that update is one way of repackaging content. So is creating a new form of media that is easily posted and shared via social media.

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