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Hello Fellow Creatives:

Lately, I’ve been overwhelmed with everything an independent creative spirit needs to do to make a go of it in this digital and hyperconnected world. I read article after article about how I need to monetize my writing, build a landing page, find followers, and send enough cold emails to get new clients.

All of this information makes sense, and much of it comes from people who are successful freelancers earning what I imagine is a decent living from their creative endeavors. I know they are trying to help. I know I am getting valuable input that will further my personal and business goals. If I can persist, I will find the path that leads to Paradise: a full-time, fully fleshed-out life as an artist.

And yet.

My mind is in a swirl. I want to close my laptop, lie on the couch, and nap. My little gremlin of negativity, always at the ready inside my brain to discount even my most prodigious achievements, crouches at the ready to slay me with a perfectly timed insult or takedown.

It is all too much, and I am lost.

I can’t believe I am alone in these sentiments. I wonder how other artists find a way to cut through all of the noise and figure out what they need to do next. As I write this, I don’t have an answer.

I would love to hear from you. Yes, you who are carving out a niche for yourself and making a go of it despite the static and distractions. You who are maintaining a hold on your dreams no matter how hard the winds of change blow and try to throw you off course.

I know you’re out there.