Why “Grow Thicker Skin” Is Bad Advice for Writers

Sensitivity isn't exactly embraced in our culture. It's considered weak, whiny, and vulnerable. It's much better to be impassive, indifferent, and thick-skinned. Here's another idea. "Grow thicker skin" is some of the most useless advice around on how to deal with...

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How to Become a Freelance Writer With No Experience

When I graduated college, I got a job as a technical writer. I signed an apartment lease, wrote "technical writer" as my occupation, and my friend Nolan looked at it and said: "Dude, you're a writer!" Um, I guess, I told him. Does that really count, though? ...

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How to Book a Private Stonehenge Tour

A few years back, I was lucky enough to visit a spot that's on many a bucket list: Stonehenge. Travel snobs will tell you it's overrated and there are better places to visit. Maybe I'm basic, but you have to be pretty spoiled not to appreciate the prehistoric splendor...

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How Inertia Can Wreck Your Finances

As a journalist with mild social anxiety, I often dread interviewing people in person. It makes me nervous, I worry I won't ask the right questions, and I'll look dumb. Don’t get me wrong, every time I interview someone, I’m glad to have done it. Not only do I get...

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Why “Being Present” Is So Difficult

Back in the day, I used to go to loud, crowded, sweaty concerts. It was never really my thing, I mostly hugged the wall and gripped my drink, but a friend in our circle was so into it. One night, jumping around, he turned to me and shouted, "Man, this is my element!"...

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The Single Hardest Thing About Negotiating

Here's what I used to say about negotiating in my early 20s: "If you have a good job, you don't need to negotiate. My boss just gives me raises!" Man, I was naïve. At first glance, it seems like a pretty good deal, right? You never even have to ask, your boss just...

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Hey! I'm Kristin. a freelance writer and journalist (you can find my stuff at Lifehacker, NY mag, the NY Times, and more). Here, I share what I learn about how to freelance, from managing money to digital nomading to figuring out why the Wi-Fi isn't working. Want to learn more? Start here.

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A Quick Tip for Waking Up Early to Write

It’s hard to make time for your own stuff. You likely have other priorities that take up most of your day, like work. Work always gets in the way, doesn’t it? But alas, you have bills to pay, mouths to feed, and money to make. I used to run into this problem when I had a big, corporate 9 to 5 job.

Waking up earlyI’ve recently run into this problem again trying to finish my book. Even though I enjoy my work much more now, I still have a lot to do during the day, and by the time I finish it all, the only thing I want to do is zone out on Orange is the New Black. So when, exactly, do I squeeze in more time to write?

For me, the best solution is waking up early. It’s what Stephen King, Maya Angelou, and Kurt Vonnegut did, and it seemed to work out well for them.

Waking up early means you have time to yourself. (Can you even imagine?) The house is quiet, the emails haven’t rolled in–or if they have, nobody expects you to reply for another three hours because they think you’re still asleep. Your boss is still asleep, too, so she hasn’t sent you a deluge of texts or Slack pings. Waking up early means you can take your time to make coffee, have breakfast, and ease into the day in the right mindset. You can prioritize your tasks instead of jumping into them feet first and then struggling to keep your head above water the rest of the day.

In other words, waking up early gives you the ideal environment for getting shit done.

A lot of this depends on whether or you’re a night owl or a morning person (research shows most of us fall somewhere in the middle), but for the most part, waking up early ensures you’re using your best hours on the things that matter to you most.  read more…

kristinwong

Hey! I'm Kristin. a freelance writer and journalist (you can find my stuff at Lifehacker, NY mag, the NY Times, and more). Here, I share what I learn about how to freelance, from managing money to digital nomading to figuring out why the Wi-Fi isn't working. Want to learn more? Start here.

What You're Saying

Why “Grow Thicker Skin” Is Bad Advice for Writers

Sensitivity isn't exactly embraced in our culture. It's considered weak, whiny, and vulnerable. It's much better to be impassive, indifferent, and thick-skinned. Here's another idea. "Grow thicker skin" is some of the most useless advice around on how to deal with...

read more

How to Become a Freelance Writer With No Experience

When I graduated college, I got a job as a technical writer. I signed an apartment lease, wrote "technical writer" as my occupation, and my friend Nolan looked at it and said: "Dude, you're a writer!" Um, I guess, I told him. Does that really count, though? ...

read more

How to Book a Private Stonehenge Tour

A few years back, I was lucky enough to visit a spot that's on many a bucket list: Stonehenge. Travel snobs will tell you it's overrated and there are better places to visit. Maybe I'm basic, but you have to be pretty spoiled not to appreciate the prehistoric splendor...

read more

How Inertia Can Wreck Your Finances

As a journalist with mild social anxiety, I often dread interviewing people in person. It makes me nervous, I worry I won't ask the right questions, and I'll look dumb. Don’t get me wrong, every time I interview someone, I’m glad to have done it. Not only do I get...

read more

Why “Being Present” Is So Difficult

Back in the day, I used to go to loud, crowded, sweaty concerts. It was never really my thing, I mostly hugged the wall and gripped my drink, but a friend in our circle was so into it. One night, jumping around, he turned to me and shouted, "Man, this is my element!"...

read more

The Single Hardest Thing About Negotiating

Here's what I used to say about negotiating in my early 20s: "If you have a good job, you don't need to negotiate. My boss just gives me raises!" Man, I was naïve. At first glance, it seems like a pretty good deal, right? You never even have to ask, your boss just...

read more