SLY and Freelancing

As you have probably noticed, many of my posts have mentioned StoryForge recently, so maybe it’s time to update you on my career direction!

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I thought that you might want a face to go with the name 😉 My husband and I in Michigan last October. The face he is making—that’s from the cold, haha

Several weeks ago I quit my teaching job. It was a difficult but quick decision; I love the people that I worked with, but I wanted to focus more on my freelancing. I’m still writing interior decor articles (and loving it), and recently I started working with marking proposals, copyediting, and graphic design for another company. While they stretch me to learn new aspects of my trade, StoryForge roots me in the heart of my craft: storytelling.

At the beginning of NaNoWriMo, I joined StoryForge Productions’ team and we launched a new online community, which focuses on “Story-craft for Storytellers.” For a while I wrote two articles per month, but now that has been amped up to an article a week. Since they’re celebrating Miyazaki’s life work through Month-a-Zaki articles and podcasts, I may write two articles a week for a little while—by my volition, of course; I can’t resist the opportunity to talk about Miyazaki!

While transitioning into this new phase of my career, I’ve been able to work on my novel. I am so close to finishing. My fingers are itching to type ‘finis’ at the end of the document, and only a few fears stand in my way. But that’s the psychology of writing for you! A lot of the writing process is defeating fear, humbling yourself under critique, and being stubborn enough to keep going.

Though freelancing seems a bit risky, I feel supported by the StoryForge community and the Freelancer’s Union, which has a fantastic blog that demystifies the business side of writing (like taxes, clients, and contracts! Fantastic, right?!). After I launched myself fully into freelancing, I visited an old professor of mine and told him quite excitedly, “I’m a writer!” But he just asked, “weren’t you a writer before?” He is right—of course—but now I feel that I have stepped through some rite of passage into a new stage of my career.

I am excited to see where I can go with my writing and I’d love to have you alongside me in that journey. Encouraging and challenging communities make the writing life much easier, and I hope to do that for you through this blog and through the Forge. Thanks for reading!

– SLY

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As a creative, what do you find that the online writing community often lacks? What encouragement or instruction would you like to see more of?

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