How Community Engagement Can Help You Get Out of a Writing Rut

Ongoing-Education-ArticleAlthough freelancing can be a liberating career, it can also be a lonely and stressful one. The isolation of working by yourself and the daily grind of chasing leads can be exhausting.

In our latest Journalism Advice column, one writer shares how she reignited her creativity after being stuck in a rut. The author had three (relatively) simple goals: get involved with real-life community engagement, take up a passion project and update her social media presence. Here, the writer shares her advice for meeting new people within your community:

If you’re interested in coworking, try searching “coworking” or “shared work space,” followed by your city. In addition, there’s a global coworking movement called Jelly, which is a less formal meet-up of local freelancers at spaces of their choosing. When it comes to getting out there in the real world, the key is persistence. Great relationships don’t happen overnight. First you have to show up and then you have to keep showing up, often dozens of times, before you see the return on your investment.

For more advice, including how to get the most out of your social media accounts, read: Crafting Your Ongoing Education as a Writer.

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@aneyafernando Aneya Fernando is digital projects manager at Adweek.