How to Write While Depressed, Anxious, Worried About Money, Constantly Exhausted, and/or Angry With the World

I’ve been missing in action for a few weeks now due to the exhausting process of moving to a new apartment. I suffer from a lot of anxiety and the past month or so has wreaked havoc on my mental wellbeing—and on my productivity as a writer.

First, I had to find an apartment that fit my budget and was within a reasonable distance from my work so I wouldn’t spend a fortune on gas, a nigh impossible task in the tight housing market of my city.

When I finally found a new apartment, I spent a few weeks worried about the upcoming move. It turned out that my worries were well-founded: the move was every bit as exhausting and difficult as I had thought it would be. We couldn’t have managed it without the help of several friends who lent their time and energy.

After moving in, there was still the small matter of unpacking. Apart from watching the third season of Stranger Things, unpacking and settling in has taken up all of my free time in the past week. According to my Word document, I haven’t worked on my novel since June 23rd, and I guarantee that whatever I did on June 23rd was not significant.

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Upwork—Is it Worth it? A Beginning Freelancer's Perspective

If you enjoy my blog, you're probably a creative person of some kind, whether you're a writer, a visual artist, a graphic designer, or something else. Since I've recently ventured into the land of freelance work, I thought I would share my experience with a particular website, Upwork, to help you decide whether it's worth it.

My perspective is purely short-term because I've only gotten serious about using Upwork for the last few weeks, but I might write an update later on. Still, I think the first few weeks are worth talking about, because they can be the scariest.

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Managing Time (and Energy) as a Writer

"Most people don't keep writing after college," my Creative Writing professor told us in several of the many classes I took with her. I don't know if she meant to warn us or galvanize us—or simply to make us set realistic expectations—but writing is the only thing I've wanted to do with my life ever since I was a little kid. I knew it would be tough to balance the responsibilities of adulthood with the demands of writing; I was going to have to beat the odds and become one of the people who did continue to write after college. I didn't feel intimidated because thanks to the online writing community, I knew about a lot of writers who balance their creative careers with day jobs. (I'm in awe of anyone who can write while raising children and paying the bills—you're truly inspiring, folks). However, I knew it would be difficult.

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My First NaNoWriMo: Things I Regret and Things I've Learned

Writing 1667 words every day is hard.

Call me naive, but I didn’t realize that until about halfway through November. 1667 words is not that much, so I thought it wouldn’t be a problem, but the thing with NaNoWriMo is that you have to write every. single. day. Skip one day and you feel the repercussions of it for the rest of the week, maybe longer. Have a bad day and only get 300 words and it doesn’t just mean one bad day—it means that hitting your 1667-word goal the next day is just keeping you from falling farther behind, and you’re still not on track.

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