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creative ways to express yourself in writing

This is a guest post by Rose Scott – a tutor and freelance writer who describes herself as ‘born to write’.
She is self-employed, does what she loves and wakes up every morning with the desire to inspire and create.
You can connect with her on LinkedIn.


Doing regular things in a new, creative way is always a great chance to challenge ourselves, learn and grow, and see progress when feeling stuck.

The following post will give you ideas on how to express yourself in writing. What it teaches you can be applied to many areas in life even if you’re not a writer.

Putting pen to paper engages our mind in a different, unique way that no other activity can replicate. And the effect is huge. Once you express yourself better this way, you’ll also communicate more easily and even improve your relationships because of that by opening up to others and sharing what’s on your mind freely.

It will also get your creative juices flowing and let you think of innovative ways to deal with stuff in daily life.

Enter Rose, a passionate writer full of inspiration and creativity, and see the 6 best ways she uses to express herself in writing.


You need to come up with another great post. The topic is chosen, a cup of a fragrant Brazilian coffee is ready to perk you up, and a cozy setting doesn’t sidetrack you.

What else is needed to arrange your ideas? How do you keep from staring at a blank document for hours with no idea how to get started, how to proceed, or how to wrap it up?

Luckily, there are dozens of tricks to help you out.

Have you ever thought of paper cups as a fashionable décor option for walls, for example? Thinking-out-of-the-box is a good practice to beat writer’s block, and as the example shows, it’s a good way to save money on interior design, too!

It makes you broaden your horizons and see everyday things from a different perspective.

And that’s just the beginning. In this post you’ll learn how to easily transform thoughts into written words, use expressive literary devices to make your writings even more engaging, and much more.

How to Express Yourself in Writing

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1. Take cue from renowned writers.

I do love reading expert recipes on achieving success. They give a hint on how you might communicate a message directly to your readers’ ears.

Here are the three I’m trying to stick to in my own writing:

1. Starting.

Although Mark Twain wrote in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, his advice is always up-to-date. Here’s what he once suggested: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”

So, why not write just three or five passages a day, rereading what has already been noted and making any needed corrections on the fly?

2. Introductions.

In one of his interviews published on The Atlantic website, Stephen King advised writers on what makes for a good introduction: “An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.”

This is what you should remind yourself of each time you start a new story, blog post, or article. Imagine you are your own reader, and omit anything that is too general, obvious, or overly sophisticated.

3. Just write something down.

And here’s what the author of “Bird by Bird,” Anne Lamott, finds helpful: “I encourage my students at times like these to get one page of anything written, three hundred words of memories or dreams or stream of consciousness on how much they hate writing — just for the hell of it, just to keep their fingers from becoming too arthritic…”

This is sage advice, especially when you need to let your negative emotions go before creating something worth reading.

2. Make the most of celebrity speeches, short films, and talk shows.

Why not write a speech along the lines of those delivered by Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, or Steve Jobs?

Analyze speeches of celebrities or famous political figures and keep track of the literary devices they use, noting which of them help evoke the feelings the speakers were aiming for.

However, only imitate their style for training purposes! After all, you don’t want to be accused of style plagiarism, not to mention duplicating exact phrases or statements.

Another thing to benefit from are the stand-up comedy and talk shows, and especially TED talks. The topics are diverse and can’t help but make you support or disapprove a speaker’s point of view.

Watch and listen carefully to a particular speaker, jot down the pluses and minuses in the speech, and again take note of what made the speech successful and what the speaker shouldn’t have mentioned at all.

Short films are also a great source of learning and inspiration. They don’t take much time, the action develops dynamically and should grab viewers’ attention from the very first second.

When you watch them, write down your thoughts about them. Then you can focus more on the details that helped convey the special atmosphere and “mood” of the film, such as the streets, buildings, gestures, colors, interior, etc. Imagine the way things might smell or taste!

3. Make your reader hungry for your words with literary devices.

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Do you remember the numerous flashback scenes from The Butterfly Effect? Thanks to them, the movie has such a special thrilling tone.

Using literary devices cleverly will enhance the flavor of your writing with appetizing elements, or even make surroundings in a story a bit more mysterious.

Here, the goal is achieved thanks to alliteration. For example, “Mr. Shadow didn’t show himself shivering like a shy sheep.” The repetition of consonant sounds in close proximity also keeps a reader more focused.

Along with commonly used metaphors and comparisons, metonymies can come in handy as well. Simply put, they are a kind of comparison based on something closely associated with the action or subject described.
For example, instead of the sentence “office work is extremely wearisome,” you might write, “white-collar work is extremely wearisome.” See the difference?

Allusions are suitable for establishing a tighter cultural connection with your audience and making your content multi-layered. Knowing what countries most of your readers come from, you can choose their “super-hero” to compose a statement. For example, “I was really frightened, as if I were reading Stephen King in a dark, dark room.”

4. Avoid dry words and tedious sentence constructions.

Reading is second nature to every writer and blogger. Still, there are things you need to research. As you read, keep track of the things that irritate you most in articles, and then do your best to avoid them in your own writing.

Thus, if most of the posts on how to fight writer’s block recommend getting enough sleep and taking in some fresh air every time you experience difficulties, you may want to avoid including those two on your own list. Omit everything you as a reader think is too obvious or always repeated from post to post.

5. Compose a mini-book with your own quotes.

It’s a kind of a diary, but far more concise.

Wherever you go, record your brief notes no matter what they may be about. They might be statements describing anger, pity, sympathy, or delight.

Even if you didn’t like the sandwich you ate in a café, with its overdone meat or not-so-fresh vegetables… Let it be disgusting.

What’s the purpose? You can review these notes any time you need a good point to start with or continue your story.
In the course of time when you reread your thoughts written even two or three months ago, you may disagree with what previously seemed to be right. This way you can make your brain wake up and become more alert.

6. Psychology or neurolinguistic programming? Try both!

By reading books on human psychology, you can discover the way people perceive things and adjust your writing style accordingly.

Try experimenting with neurolinguistic programming to have more control over readers’ feelings. But the main point here is not to overdo things.

Whatever techniques you apply in your writings, there’s one saying I like to cite: Too much of a good thing is good for nothing.

Still, the more your practice, the better outcome you get. Never hesitate to take up a new creative approach.

Have any cool methods to share? You’re more than welcome to do so in the comments area below!

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How I Became a Location Independent Freelance Writer 24

How I Became a Location Independent Freelance Writer

Writing is what I love doing and I managed to turn it into my career. But that wouldn’t have been as enjoyable without having the freedom to work from anywhere and move to my favorite country. So after I became a freelance writer, I also took a few steps to become location independent.

Let me share how that journey looked like for me and maybe inspire you to take the leap and not just become a freelancer but also travel the world or just leave your home country and never look back.

Stage 1: Overcoming The Doubts

I believe all change happens on the inside first. In the case of becoming a freelance writer and a lifestyle designer, you’d first need to do a couple of things related to developing a strong mindset.

To begin with, define what you don’t like about your current lifestyle. Be clear about it and see yourself living a better life some time from now. This vision will also help you realize what you truly desire.

For me, it was freedom and independence but in a specific way.

I mean, I don’t really need to travel the world. It was enough to spend a few weeks in Thailand and to always have the chance to get back to a destination like that if I feel like. But what I truly desired was to leave my home country, Bulgaria, and instead move to the Netherlands.

However, my transformation started many years ago, before I even knew that’s where I wanted to live. First, I wasn’t satisfied with my life back then. I was already in my 20s and I always felt like I wasn’t spending my time right. So something had to be done.

Doubts are scary.

In fact, they are one of the reasons why so many people all over the world never start a business, end a relationship, travel or else.

Once you get through that stage though, you start having hope, you visualize a better life, and you finally take action. And once you take the first step, magical things begin to happen.

For me, that first step was to define my passion (personal development) and combine it with writing, which I simply loved doing and felt like it was the right way to spend my time.

English is just my second language. I had no official degree in what I’m doing. I wasn’t tech-savvy and had no idea how the Internet actually worked.

But the desire for a different life and more meaningful activities was stronger than any lack of knowledge or experience. So I dedicated the 4 years of my life during university to building the foundation of my online business and the lifestyle I enjoy today.

Stage 2: Getting The First Clients

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I began writing, first on my blog (more on that below), then for others. But the magical ingredient here is reading.

I spent a ton of time (still do and probably always will) reading about people who were already living the life I was after. And that changed it all. I overcame all the doubts because I saw all that I wanted was possible. If other people were living like that and they all started from nothing, then it’s just a matter of time till I get there too.

That encouraged me. And my motivation never decreased because of some people I started following consistently and seeing their progress kept me action-oriented too.

It was time to earn my first dollars freelancing.

The good thing about the Internet is that you don’t have to be anyone in order to land your first gig. Once you do, the second one is easier. You just need someone to pay you for your freelance services so you can have confidence in your abilities and improve your skills.

I never thought I’d be able to call myself a freelance writer, not to mention be location independent together with that. But I left the big picture behind for a while and focused on simpler things. Such as:

What can I do today to land my first client?

After researching, I realized there are sites for freelancers where employers post jobs and I can apply to each that seems like a good fit for me. And so I did.

I created my profiles, had low rates (because any money was good money for me then if it was online), and applied for a few jobs. I had no idea what to say exactly so I just went with what felt right.

I introduced myself when pitching clients and told them how I can help them with their project. Rejection here is normal as there’s a ton of competition.

Eventually, someone hired me for a job and I made my first $20 or so.

It was a short and sweet gig and I did a good job. The communication with the client was smooth.

It’s hard to land someone for the first time, especially in my case. On my profile they could see Bulgaria and that English isn’t my native language. Also, that I’m new to the site and have no previous feedback. Basically, not the most trustworthy freelance writer to hire.

But there are new employers to such platforms too and they are ready to hire you as long as you have something to offer them.

So if you want to make money online and eventually turn that into a business, become location independent and work remotely, or just want to do what you love freelancing, then create your profiles on sites like Upwork, Guru, Freelancer and PeoplePerHour and start pitching.

Stage 3: Building a Blog and a Brand

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The 3rd crucial step in my journey to becoming a location independent freelance writer was this blog.

Let’s Reach Success started as a personal blog on self-improvement. But consistency was the key and I seemed to be good at this. It’s because I love writing too of course. It eventually turned into my biggest project and today it’s my portfolio.

There are more than 1600 articles in the archives, a whole book store, proper design (thanks to this premium theme), authority, and a story behind it. Which makes me and Let’s Reach Success kind of a personal brand.

If you haven’t started a site yet, you’re wasting time. Whatever it is that you wanna do online, you need that one platform.

I’ve written a quick guide on how to do that. Check out How to Set Up a WordPress Site on Bluehost. Don’t worry, the technical aspect is easy and I’ve outlined the few simple steps you should take to have your site up and running in less than 30 minutes.

Blogging is a must for every freelance writer. Here’s why:

First, you get to showcase your work. You can write articles all the time and show them to clients. Whenever you want to start writing about a new topic, you’ll simply start covering it on your blog and then provide samples to employers.

You become known as an expert. If you stay consistent and provide unique and quality content frequently, people will know you’re the go-to blogger in the niche. Together with your unique voice and all other things you’re doing on the side, you can build a name for yourself. That means clients will start finding you soon.

Blogging is a learning experience. There’s a lot going on in the archives on my blog. If I go back, I can even see how I’ve grown over the years. Your writing will change too and that’s okay. Your site becomes your biggest project, especially if you’re a writer yourself. Also, it’s thanks to wanting to improve Let’s Reach Success that I’ve learned so much about optimizing content, making money from a blog, and more.

Stage 4: Setting Up an Online Business

Now that you’ve overcome the doubts, have landed your first freelance client, and have your own blog, you can turn that into an online business soon.

First, of course, you’ll need to have some decent income monthly to be a proper location independent freelance writer. Although plenty of people register a company from the beginning and then slowly grow their freelance business.

However, in the beginning, I had no idea what I was doing. I was paying taxes and fees for the freelancing platforms I worked with and that was enough. I wasn’t sure how much more I could make each month.

When I got to a few hundred dollars monthly, though, (which is an amount you can live with back in my home country if you aren’t paying rent), I decided to fix the legal part and register as an independent worker there and start paying my taxes.

Over the next months, I truly believed I’m now a freelance writer earning money from my craft and loved it. Of course, I also wanted to grow, build skills, land better clients, improve my site and see what else I could be doing online.

Stage 5: Choosing Your Ideal Destination and Moving There

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When I was making $1000/month from my blog and freelance writing services, and because the business was online, I finally felt like I could soon move away and start a new life.

The country I wanted to live in was the Netherlands. I already had friends there and knew it was the place to be for me. So I booked a place in Amsterdam with AirBnB and dedicated these 10 days to finding my new home.

I needed it to be affordable and in a good neighborhood and that’s exactly what I got.

Because I wanted to be there so much and worked hard for it, there hasn’t been a day since I moved that I didn’t wake up with a smile on my face.

That’s one of the main aspects of lifestyle design. Doing work you love and making just enough to be able to live the way you like.

Of course, Amsterdam isn’t cheap so I had to limit my expenses and change things.

Stage 6: Living The Location Independent Lifestyle

I did some traveling too. Spending 5 weeks in Thailand cost me a lot in terms of money (although it could have been cheaper too but I didn’t prepare well) and focus. But it’s safe to say these weeks have been the craziest and most adventurous ones in my life.

I might go back there, but that’s not necessary. I love my daily life too and don’t need an escape from that. The important thing about being a location independent freelance writer is that you have to enjoy the freedom of being where you are. And if you earned your chance to get there, it tastes even better.

Stage 7:  Mastering Working Remotely and From Home

Location independence and freelancing aren’t for everyone as it’s not easy, there are sacrifices to be made and plenty of challenges. One of them is getting distracted and not doing focused work on a daily basis.

One thing I did right though was to build some good productivity habits and eliminate procrastination and distractions early on. In fact, that was when I started making my first money as a freelance writer.

It’s nice to imagine how you can live and work from anywhere 6 months from now. But if you don’t build the discipline in advance and learn how to structure your day so you can do your best work, you won’t make it.

Here are some things that can help:

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Stage 8: Growing The Freelance Writing Business

My focus is on increasing my income now. I got to over $3500. These come from sponsored posts here on Let’s Reach Success and freelance writing for clients.

I’m working on other things too such as increasing book sales and building systems to earn passive income from affiliate marketing. But these don’t come naturally to me so it takes time.

So that’s how I became a location independent freelance writer and how you can do the same.

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