Where Writers Write: Ollin Morales

This week’s Where Writer’s Write post comes to us from Ollin Morales, a writer with a very unique take on writing spaces. If you have a rockin’ writing space you’d like to share with us, email me at kristinoffilerwrites@gmail.com.

I started a blog about two years ago (Courage 2 Create) chronicling the process of writing my first novel. I had no idea that people would read the blog, but not only did people start reading it, they liked it. They really liked it. The blog has become so much bigger than my own private little journey and me: it’s gone on to inspire others to follow their own passions.

The blog seeks to inspire people to create the kind of artistic work they want, and create the kind of life they want. When I began, I was writing the blog for myself. My intention was to get myself to write my novel (I had been postponing it for about two years). That really was how I started.

No grand dreams. I thought that maybe, in 5-10 years I’d get someone besides my sister to read it. But other than that, I really didn’t think anything would come of it.

But, as the blog grew, I began to commit myself more and more to helping people do what I had done, because I realized that me and my readers were both on similar journeys. I realized that my personal struggles weren’t personal at all. They were universal.

What is your writing space like?

There is no better “space” to write than the space I currently inhabit. It doesn’t matter where it is.

If the” space” where I write were to matter to me, and then I wouldn’t get any writing done. I would place too many qualifiers on my writing routine that way.

 I’d say, for instance: “I can’t write today because I’m not in my favorite coffee shop, or at my home office, or its raining, or I’m tired, or I’m in a bad mood, or I’m missing my favorite red pillow that I like to sit on, etc.”

Those qualifiers are blocks–ways in which I make excuses and put off the writing.

So, the best “space” to write for me is “no space.” Which is another way to say “every space.” Or “all space.”

Basically, I know that wherever I am, I can create the perfect conditions to write. I don’t need a specific space. I can always create the ideal space to write in. (You can do this, too.)

In a way, I am the perfect space to write in.

Thus, in order to get my writing done, I try to inhabit the space of “me” at all times. That “space” is a space of openness, honesty, patience, non-attachment and being.

You might call this response “overly philosophical,” or even “cryptic,” but I call it “incredibly practical.”

No matter where you are, if you ask yourself to be open, honest, patient, and if you ask yourself to not grasp at anything and simply be yourself, then you’ll find that you’ll get a whole lot of writing done that way.

Do you keep a writing routine? If so, what is your routine?

My true writing routine is “flexibility.” That’s the best routine.

I’ve had times when I was writing 20 hours a week, times when I wrote only 4 hours a week, and times when I didn’t write a single word. I don’t ask myself to conform to my writing routine, I ask my writing routine to conform to me and my current situation. This gets rid of a lot of stress on my part. Because my work life and social life are always in constant flux–always changing–a rigid writing routine would have me in chaos pretty much every day of my life.

So, I don’t have a rigid routine. I keep it flexible.

Sometimes I’m just too busy to write, so my routine adapts accordingly.

Sometimes, I have plenty of time to write, so my routine adapts accordingly.

 I recommend creating a routine that adapts to you and your schedule. Not the other way around.

If you do this, I will promise you that you will write with greater ease and peace.

What’s something unique and interesting about your writing space?

That it’s nearly impossible to describe, and even harder to implement, but that once implemented, it creates miraculous results.

If you could have any writing space in the world, what would it look like and why?

I don’t strive for any writing space other than the one I currently inhabit. (The space of “me” that I talked about previously.) To ask for a better one would be to fall into the fatal trap of grasping and attachment. It would mean that I would have to wait for a “the ideal writing space,” and would always be dissatisfied with the writing space I currently have, because it’s not the “ideal space” I have pictured in my head.

There is no writing space that is totally perfect, anyway. A writing space will always have its shortcomings.

The writing space I currently inhabit is the only one I have at the moment. So it is the best writing space I could ever have.

Why would I want anything more?

Ollin Morales is a fiction writer, blogger, freelancer, and ghostwriter. His blog, Courage 2 Create, chronicles his journey as he writes his first fiction novel. His blog offers writing advice as well as strategies to deal with life’s tough challenges. His blog was named one of The Top Ten Blogs for Writers by WriteToDone two years in a row (2011, 2012).

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Where Writers Write: Charlotte Bumstead

This week’s Where Writers Write post features Charlotte Bumstead. Enjoy this glimpse into her great writing space, and remember– if you want to be featured in the Where Writers Write series, email me at kristinoffilerwrites@gmail.com.

I’ve always loved the way the words act as my escape; carrying me like a magic carpet soaring across whatever landscape I happen to desire that day. Writing has not only become my favorite form of communication, but I also treasure the way one can use the words to capture a particular moment in time. The act of writing keeps me present, yet it also allows me to reflect on the past and to dream about the future. Somehow, the words are able to press pause when I no longer hold the remote.

Over the years, I have developed a passion for using the words not simply to explain my own life, but rather to illustrate the much more interesting and captivating lives of those all around me. I quickly decided to transform this passion of mine into a journalism degree and soon it became an imbedded piece of my life story—currently taking place just outside of Toronto, Ontario. This is where I do my researching and interviewing. It’s where I construct new ideas and sculpt them into stories for publication in magazines or for posting on my blog. This is where I write.

My office view

What is your writing space like?

Colorful, organized and bright (it’s the only room in the house with four windows). Nothing distracts me like a pile of unfiled papers or various notes left in disarray. My desk sits comfortably in the back corner of the angular room. The wall to my left is painted a soft shade of lavender; to my right is a contrasting touch of sand brown. This week’s to do list decorates my whiteboard with various assignments and deadlines. A shiny, black and silver globe is perched directly in front of me, just waiting to be spun so it can forecast my next imaginary travels.

Plants with pink and purple flowers and round, green leaves breathe freely all around me. The smiling faces of those I love sit in portrait form on the shelves above my head. The clippings of my very first magazine articles—one published online, the other in print—are displayed behind the glass of a wooden frame, reminding me that what may be just a dream one day, could become very real the next.

Beyond the photos and frames, a square black screen stares down at me until I choose to flip on the news or perhaps lose myself in a Friends rerun after a long evening spent at work. In the mornings I am accompanied by my favorite mug, filled to the brim with the dark, creamy liquid I refuse to live without. Its rich aroma encompasses the entire room, and somehow the words spill out with ease. In the evenings I settle for a steaming cup of tea until I am forced to peel my eyes away from the bright light of my beloved HP laptop. Although I write best in silence, the soft chirping of birds outside or kids playing in the street can sometimes bring an added effect.

 Do you keep a writing routine? If so, what is your routine?

I find I write best in the middle of the afternoon. I enjoy using my mornings for research, prep and interviews. But the first thing I do when I start my workday (or almost any day for that matter) is read. Whether it be the news, blogs, emails, or the current piece of fiction stashed in the drawer of my nightstand, I read anything and everything that happens to cross my path and catch my interest that day.

My spewing bookcase

Before I know it, ideas start bouncing around and the creative itch kicks in. I take notes so I don’t forget any of these initial prompts, and then I get down to work. I also spend way too much time on social media. I can get lost in a Twitter newsfeed like a toddler on an Easter egg hunt. One treat leads to another and before I know it, I’ve lost an hour of my day. Still, I don’t feel this time is wasted (at least half of it wasn’t); I’m always learning new tricks of the trade online.

Most of all, I keep my routine flexible. There’s always the possibility of a surprise deadline being thrown at me, or an interview that can only happen between 1:15 and 1:30 on a Tuesday afternoon. I stick to an organized schedule because it’s the only way I can balance my time. And yes, there’s a perfectly good chance I’ll end up working after 10pm on a random Sunday night so I’m ready to “start my week” the following morning.

What’s something unique and interesting about your writing space?

I share it with my boyfriend. I don’t know about it being unique, but his desk is nestled in the opposite corner of mine. If we are both sitting at our desks (which usually only happens first thing in the morning or in the evening when he gets home from work) our backs are to one another. It’s nice to have an editor so close by (as biased as he may perhaps be, his feedback doesn’t show it). And although I am often most productive when left alone, the freelance writing life can get lonely, so I find his company encouraging (most of the time).

If you could have any writing space in the world, what would it be like and why?

Like many of the other writers who have participated in this series, I would love to hear the sounds of a lake or ocean nearby. My ideal space would definitely be surrounded by natural beauty—perhaps it would have an extravagant waterfall within walking distance for whenever I happen to need a motivating boost (even a romantic, isolated creek would do). I love sitting out on the dock at a cottage with nothing but blue skies, a mug of coffee, my laptop and a cushioned chair (a setting I hope to enjoy quite often this summer). I find my “wild mind,” as Natalie Goldberg so cleverly coins it, reaches its climax of creativity when it is, in fact, in the wild. But I also love that I can be a bit of a nomad in my chosen career, transporting my writing space with me wherever I want to go—or wherever the magic carpet decides to take me.

Charlotte Bumstead is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Toronto, Ontario. She has been published in various Canadian magazines and newspapers, covering a wide-range of topics. She blogs about weaving her way through life as an aspiring writer over at Charlotte’s Web. She is also an avid lover of all most things social media. You can follow her on Twitter @c_bumstead.       

Where Writers Write: Kat Tate

This week’s writer in the  Where Writers Write series is Aussie Kat Tate. Enjoy this glimpse into her writing space down under, and remember– if you want to be featured in the Where Writers Write series, email me at kristinoffilerwrites@gmail.com.

I have always been a word nerd (and proud of it!). Before I could even handwrite, I would tap out short stories on my parents’ typewriter. It got to the point where I could picture a typewriter in my mind and type what people said to me.  Weirdo. Thankfully I’ve kicked that habit.

Since then, I’ve gained a journalism degree and carved an eclectic career spanning news and features writing, public relations, professional organizing and online writing and editing. My current craft is writing clickable web copy and blogging about health and happiness.

After perving on (I mean, reading about) other writers’ hubs here on Kristin’s blog, I am thrilled to be able to show off my space. 

What is your writing space like?

White, bright and organized (what else would you expect from a former professional organizer?) I recently overhauled my space and with a new wooden trestle table (in white), an Eames leather chair (in white) and lots of gorgeous stationery (in pink. Just kidding…in white). I also just added a lovely little orchid in a white pot, for a splash of color.

I find it really hard to work in a jumbled space, so I keep research and paperwork filed away in the bookshelf. The files on my desk are for current projects; at the moment they’re stuffed with travel article clippings, as I’m off to India and Thailand soon and will be writing a few features when I get back.

I’ve run out of space in the bookcase, as I can never throw a book out! I’ll need to buy another unit soon, or start storing books in my closet. Or I could just stop buying books…nah, that’ll never happen!

On top of the bookcase are some precious keepsakes, a photo of me and my partner and a white wooden ornament that spells ‘love’. It was a gift from a dear friend and it reminds me to always work and live for love.

Since I’m renting, my writing area is restricted to a corner of my bedroom. My favorite thing to do on Sunday mornings is pick up the newspaper from the corner store, pour myself a bowl of muesli and mug of tea and sit at my desk in the sparkling sun. I then get cracking on my work, with Sydney’s streets stretching beyond the sashless windows.

Do you keep a writing routine? If so, what is your routine?

While my space is organized, my mind is frantic and forever whirring. I’m also juggling freelancing with a full-time editing gig, so my routine is more ‘steal half an hour here or there, while watching Toddlers & Tiaras’ than ‘do A, then B, then C.’

That being said, my partner reckons I’m the most disciplined person he knows, as once I turn on my laptop I can type for hours without a break. Combined with my annoying need to finish a project as soon as I’ve started it, this means I will work well into the night to get my writing done. I imagine that as I pick up more freelancing work, I’ll need to come up with a better routine!

What’s something unique and interesting about your writing space?

It’s white! I’m not sure if that’s unique, but I do find a white space helps me focus and be more creative. I suppose it’s a metaphor for a blank canvas, ready to be painted with (what I hope will be) wonderful words!

If you could have any writing space in the world, what would it look like and why?

Picture this: white (haha) chiffon curtains billow in the breeze. A faint salty scent wafts around the room. Beyond the window, dolphin fins duck and dive in the shimmering sea. A timber deck overlooks an endless stretch of pristine sand. Inside, the walls are lined with rows and rows of beloved books, dog-eared and worn. I sit at my deep desk and write, as the rich-red sun slowly slinks behind a distant island. I used to live in the beachfront suburb of Cottesloe in Western Australia and this setting was on my doorstep. I would love to be back there to write (but combine its spectacular sights with Sydney’s convenience and lifestyle).

Kat Tate lives in sunny Sydney, Australia. She works as an editor and a freelance writer for a range of corporate and SME clients. Her weakness is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, which she discovered on a recent trip to the US. She blogs about her search for enhanced health and happiness at www.kattate.com and tweets at @kattate1.

Where Writers Write: Kristin Offiler {that’s ME!}

This week’s writer in the  Where Writers Write series is… well, me! I’ve been so excited sharing all the amazing writing spaces of my fellow writers, I forgot to share my own.  And remember– if you want to be featured in the Where Writers Write series, email me at kristinoffilerwrites@gmail.com.

Drinking coffee at my desk. Like a writer, of course!

Hi, my name is Kristin and you probably already know who I am since, well, these are my stompin’ grounds.

It dawned on me that I should probably open up my home office to you guys since I’ve been so readily sharing where a whole slew of other writers do their work. Have you been enjoying the series? I know I have– it’s like stalking other writers without doing anything that’ll end in a mug shot and bail!

Without further ado, I present you with the space in my home designated for work & writing (although the couch gets a fair amount of writing time, as does the back deck when it’s nice out. And Starbucks. Sweet, overpriced Starbucks).

Where the magic happens.

What is your writing space like?

My writing space is bright. It has two big windows that let in a ton of morning and afternoon light, so I’m always scooting my desk chair over to the window to get some sun. My desk, chair, and bookcase are all from Ikea. Everything else is either Christmas Tree Shop, HomeGoods, or Target. We keep it real around here.

Bamboo (um, from Ikea) & lots of visual stimulation.

I have a white board on the wall above my desk, surrounded by 4 cork boards (which had to be secured to the wall with thumb tacks. WHY OH WHY do cork board adhesive strips NEVER stick to walls longer than one week?). I use the white board to track projects, though I tend to neglect updating it because it feels kind of stuffy. I counter that by pinning pictures, letters, cards, and other creativity-inducing things to the cork boards.

My writing space

Do you keep a writing routine?  If so, what is your routine?

Bah. Not exactly. I want to keep a writing routine, so my hope is once I secure a reliable writing partner, I’ll be able to force myself into a morning routine for my fiction writing.

With my freelance writing, my only routine is that I don’t really keep a routine. I’ll do work as it needs to be done, taking breaks to run errands, walk the dog, or grab a coffee. I like this routine flexibility because it means I am less likely to get bored. Part of me craves routine and relishes a fresh, new one (like when you’d start a new school year), but after a while it feels stale to me. Sometimes I work into the night. Sometimes I get things done early. My routine is fluid right now.

Utensils in a jar.

What’s something unique and interesting about your writing space?

On my Target desk lamp, I’ve got my great grandfather’s worry beads that he brought to America from Armenia. I found them in a dresser two years ago when my great uncle died and we were cleaning out his apartment. He lived there his entire life, so it was filled to the brim with everything my great grandparents had owned or brought from Armenia when they fled the genocide. I love these worry beads– somehow nothing I’m dealing with can even come close to feeling as heavy and terrifying as fleeing the Armenian genocide, so these little amber beads give me perspective.

See the worry beads? Strung over the neck of the lamp in the top left part of the shot.

I also share this space with my husband’s photography hobby and my knitting addiction. There are two baskets filled with yarn and a stand that holds two giant photography printers.

Also, my office is built on an ancient burial ground. (Kidding. But that would be a unique feature, right?)

Not just for writing, this room is for pictures and yarn, too. (and music!)

If you could have any writing space in the world, what would it look like and why?

My dream writing space is inside an old farmhouse in a world where New England is perpetually warm and sunny. It would have massive windows that could be thrown open to let in the fresh air, which would smell like lavender and salt water. There’d be a plush chair in the corner for reading, a long desk against a wall for writing, and beautiful old hardwood floors where our dog would nap in puddles of sunshine. There would always be fresh cut flowers in a mason jar on the desk, fresh fruits and veggies in the fridge, and the sound of crickets at night. Outside, my husband would compose award-winning nature photographs, and in the evenings we’d ride our bikes to the beach.

And every year I’d publish a well-received novel, travel a bit to promote it, then come home to my farmhouse writing space and start over again.

A bit of writing inspiration.

Kristin Offiler (moi) is the author of this blog, as well as a freelance copywriter, resume writer, and social media coach. She has an MFA from Lesley University in Fiction and loves good  books, good coffee, good company, and the feeling she gets when she writes something authentic. She’s married to the most level-headed, loyal guy in the world and together they’re raising the goofiest rescue dog there is.

Where Writers Write: Steph Auteri

Welcome to this week’s installment of Where Writers Write, featuring freelance writing superstar Steph Auteri. I know Steph through the interwebs (which is a great way to meet fellow writers, btw!) and I closely follow her blog, Freelancedom for tips, tricks & musings on the freelance life. This week, she shares her writing space with us. If you’re interested in sharing yours, shoot me an email at kristinoffilerwrites@gmail.com!

Take it away, Steph!

I got ridiculously excited when Kristin mentioned she was starting a new blog series on people’s writing spaces. I mean: office porn! I love it!

Even though my space isn’t ideal, I wanted to participate, too. I mean, this is where I live. This is where I am almost all day. Every evening. And (I’ll admit it) on the weekends. Even if it isn’t ideal, it’s important to me.

When my husband and I were looking to buy a place, shortly after we got engaged, housing prices were sky-high. At the time, I was commuting into the city for a full-time job with an academic book publisher, so we couldn’t move far. Because of that, we couldn’t get a lot for our money. We ended up in a one-bedroom condo, and converted the small dining room space into an office for the two of us.

It has its faults. It opens up directly into the living room so, if one of us wants to watch TV while the other is working, that person has to wear headphones. It’s also the only room in the condo with space for our three cats’ two litter boxes. So it can get smelly. And there’s always litter underfoot. 

When we decided to put our condo on the market (we still haven’t sold, and it’s been two years; prices have dropped so low!), our realtor suggested we move out a lot of our furniture for staging purposes. So I had to go even more minimalist. I sort of loved putting the china cabinet in storage. It gave us more space. But at the same time, I also had to get rid of the large, oversize desk I’d had since college. After many, backbreaking months of working in bed, I eventually brought in my mother’s desk. It’s beautiful, but the drawers are much smaller, and there’s no shelving for extra storage.

Someday soon, we plan on buying a four-bedroom house, whether or not we can sell the condo. We plan on converting one of those bedrooms into my office. I dream of wall-to-wall bookshelves. A window seat. Plenty of storage. Space to roll out my yoga mat. Lots of color.

But for now, this is where I am.

1. What is your writing space like?
As mentioned above, I’m set up against one wall in what would otherwise have been a dining room. I use my mother’s antique desk, and an ergonomic chair I splurged on six months into full-time freelancedom, once I had matched my previous salary as an employee. The desk is small, but it’s forced me to choose my tools and resources with care. I actually keep my favorite how-to books in a drawer, including Kelly James-Enger’s Goodbye Byline, Hello Big Bucks, Mike Nappa’s 77 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected, Adair Lara’s Naked, Drunk, and Writing, and Lauren Bacon and Emira Mears’s The Boss of You. Oh! And of course my AP Stylebook. Another drawer contains nothing but magazines. I flip through them to make sure my magazine queries are on target.
I also keep a small om on my desktop, to remind myself that I shouldn’t sweat the small stuff… it’ll all work out. And of course, there’s always a mug of coffee.

I also hung a series of prints along the wall, to bring in some color. Even though it’s not the best space, I wanted to make it mine. These pictures include Andy Warhol’s “So Happy, ca. 1958” (because I’m a crazy cat lady) and a series of three drawings from my favorite city in the world: Boston.

2. Do you keep a writing routine? If so, what is your routine?
Every day for me is different. In addition to working on my own book project, I also do freelance writing for print and online publications, ghostwriting, editing, and career coaching. Throw into the mix the occasional funeral singing gig, and a daily yoga practice, and anything can happen. I will say that writing goes smoother for me when the sun is shining, when the coffee is fresh, and when I’ve done up an outline first. 😉

3. What’s something unique and interesting about your writing space?
My desk used to live in my mother’s childhood bedroom. I love peppering my home with things from my family’s past and, even though this desk is smaller than my old one, it has a lot more character. My little om is also new. While I started exploring yoga casually about a year and a half ago, I didn’t really get serious about it until six months ago. Adding that om to my space reminds me that it can’t all be workworkwork. One needs balance as well.

4. If you could have any writing space in the world, what would it look like and why?
I started daydreaming a bit above, but let me go a little crazy. My idea writing space would have:
– a door with a lock
– lots of natural light
– wall-to-wall shelving containing my own private library
– bay windows with a window seat… piled with pillows… for the best reading nook ever
– lots of color and personality and artwork on the walls
– lots of storage space
– and maybe enough floor space to roll out my yoga mat? (is that asking for too much?)

Steph Auteri is a freelance writer and editor, and the founder of Career Coaching for Word Nerds, through which she offers one-on-one coaching and consulting to freelance writers and other publishing professionals. She has been published in Nerve, The Frisky, Forbes, Business Insider, Time Out New York, and other bastions of fine writing. She also co-wrote an ebook with Ian Kerner — a noted sex counselor — called 52 Weeks of Amazing Sex. Her work is her life, but she can sometimes be found at the yoga studio, hoop dancing, cuddling her cats, or losing herself in a good book. Feel free to check out her website and blog, and to stalk her on Twitter.

 Thank you so much for sharing your writing space with us, Steph!

What do you guys think? Share your thoughts and your dream writing space in the comments!

How To Create Writing Opportunities

What are you waiting for?? Get typing & send out those ideas!

Pull up a chair, I want to tell you a story about how I created one of the best writing opportunities for myself using the most ridiculously easy methods known to man. It’s not a huge secret, and it’s something you can do as soon as you finish this post. No, I mean it; as soon as you’re done reading this, you can go create some great opportunities by doing one little thing: asking.

That’s it. Magical and mysterious, right? Not really.

Being a freelance writer means you’re always looking for new work. Believe me, I’ve spent plenty of time reading job boards and replying to posts with a million other writers. It’s no wonder why I hardly ever hear back. So why not ask someone for an opportunity instead of waiting for it to fall into your lap?

Back in December I wrote a piece for MoxyMag.com about what I wish I had known before buying a house. It was my first piece for the mag and I was excited about it. Moxy tweeted it, I tweeted it– it was all good. Then out of nowhere, LendingTree.com retweeted my article. I stared at the computer screen for a few minutes trying to believe that a big company had just found my article and retweeted it. But there it was in front of me! The opening for an opportunity.

I was familiar with LendingTree.com but I had never read their blog before. I headed over and browsed through and had a great idea for a blog series. Since they liked my article for Moxy, I figured I could pitch the blog idea and see what happened.

I had nothing to lose and was expecting a, “Thanks, but no thanks.”

That’s the key. Understand that when you pitch an idea, you have nothing to lose.  If you let fear prevent you from even trying, you will never know if your pitch could have been received with open arms.

I sent off an email to a contact on the LendingTree site and mentioned that my article had been retweeted, that I was really excited about it, and that I had a great idea for a blog that would be perfect for them. I was asking for an opportunity that otherwise might not have manifested itself in this way. You know what they said? They loved the idea and had been thinking about doing a series like my pitch, but hadn’t yet. I fleshed out ideas with Anna, their social media director (and the wonderful woman who retweeted my article), and the blog will be up next month.

I can’t wait to share it and get feedback. The blog takes you through our home buying process with stories from the trenches, while providing useful tips along the way. We certainly had some struggles finding a house, closing, and then dealing with our seller all while preparing for a wedding, so hopefully our shenanigans will be useful to other buyers.

The main point: If you have a great idea and you want to write, just ask for the opportunity. Pitch your idea and make sure you’re passionate about it. You won’t always get the job you’re seeking, but you will give yourself a better chance of succeeding at freelancing if you’re willing to put yourself out there. I believe better/more rewarding writing work is the work you create and pitch. The job boards may have some decent opportunities, but you’ll stand out from the crowd a bit more when you ignore your hesitations and push forward with a great idea.

Just Another Writing Blog? Nahhh.

It seems like everyone has a blog, doesn’t it? So why am I creating yet another one to add to the heap?

Because I hope mine will be different enough to interest you.

My name is Kristin Offiler, and if you’re reading this, you’re either interested in my work and want to harness my amazing talents for your business, you’re a lover of the written word, or maybe you’re someone I’m related to (hi mom!). Whatever the case,  this blog will be different, and here’s why:

  • I’m a writer with a hand in many, many cookie jars (I love cookies, by the way). I’m just about done with my creative thesis for my Master of Fine Arts program at Lesley University (let’s hear it for fiction writing), I’ve done quite a bit of freelance writing for local newspapers in southern Rhode Island, I’m a social media intern for the cool website YourTango.com, and now I’m trying to get my short stories published. I’m also working on a novel that may or may not be the next Great American Story.
  • I recognize my talents, but I also understand that I’m still new to the writing industry and have lots to learn.
  • I’m ambitious and motivated and usually take on multiple projects at the same time (i.e. planning a wedding, buying a house, and working on a graduate level thesis, ahem)
  • And, most importantly, this blog will be different because I want you to be a part of it. Yes, you. Whoever you are. If you’re a writer, let’s talk. Tell me your story. Talk to me about writing and what it means to be a writer today. If you’re an aspiring editor, a voracious blogger, a PR maven, or anyone else– share your journey with me here. I want this blog to reflect my writing style and career goals, my voice, and my journey, however, I know that there’s endless knowledge to be gained from the experiences of others, so I want your input. I want us to learn together, to figure out how to start our own businesses, be successful, and maybe even define what exactly success means. The point is to learn from others and be open and receptive to knowledge.

You might be wondering why you should care about this blog. I don’t blame you– there are so many blogs in the blogiverse that it’s impossible to give a hoot about too many of them. But if you stick with me and keep checking back in, I think you’ll like the journey we’ll take together. If you have a blog that you think I should feature in this blog, tell me! If you know someone who is interesting and has paved a way for themselves and you think it would be beneficial for others to hear about it, shoot me a line.

So that’s what’s up over here. This little ole blog is joining the rest of the blogosphere in hopes that you’ll contribute thoughts, ideas, and information about writing, freelancing, publishing, and being a living, breathing human in general. Leave me some comments or email me at kristinoffilerwrites (AT) gmail.com, tell me what you’re thinking about today, and let’s see if we can build connections that will help each other succeed.

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