This week, meet writer Catherine C from Livonia, MI! Check out our blog every Wednesday for a new interview with our super talented and very interesting WriterAccess writers. For more featured writers, visit our Writer Wednesday category.
What made you realize you wanted to become a writer?
I have wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. I have always loved to tell stories, keep journals and complete research papers. During high school, I decided I wanted to pursue a career in journalism and went on to study print journalism at Michigan State University. Writing has provided me with an opportunity to connect with new people and use my words to make their vision for their content come to life.
In your profile, you mention that you’re an avid reader. Who are some of your favorite authors, and do you feel like they’ve influenced your style in any way?
I’ve recently read several novels by Kate Morton. Each author I read influences my writing in the sense that I am constantly thinking about the work, effort and editing that must go into creating the piece. I strive to have similar perseverance and presence of mind while writing, in hopes of producing the most high quality work possible.
Tell us a little bit about your pets! Do they ever distract you from writing?
My house is a small zoo! I have two cats, Penny and Lola, who are two peas in a pod. My dog, Daisy, is a giant, goofy goldendoodle who is constantly vying for my attention. I squeeze in play time when I can with them, so that they can rest while I focus on my writing.
What tips do you have for writers who are trying to balance their freelancing with another job?
Time management is essential when you are balancing freelancing with another job. If you are able to check your e-mail and keep posted on incoming Love Lists, you can snag assignments while on breaks from your day job. I have found that my iPhone has been my best friend when it comes to keeping in touch with WriterAccess throughout the day. Set aside time each day to complete your assignments, and be honest with your clients about your availability. Don’t take on work if you don’t have time to complete it and write it well, and know your limits.
Got any words of wisdom to share with fellow writers?
Keep at it! WriterAccess is a wonderful platform that truly allows its writers to grow and develop working relationships with clients. Apply to casting calls, submit ideas, and always maintain an open line of communication with your clients. I’ve found that this is the best way to be successful on this platform.
Catherine C is a freelance writer available on WriterAccess, a marketplace where clients and expert writers connect for assignments.