Happy Monday friends! I hope you had a great weekend!
We spent the weekend enjoying the gorgeous weather! Saturday evening a cool front came in, so Sunday was spent walking the pups, breaking the ole bikes out for a ride around the neighborhood, doing a first coat of exterior paint, and spending a couple of hours at the pool.
Saturday we nerded out again and went to a Pokemon event at the Guthrie Green with some friends. There were food trucks, live music, and they showed the Pokemon movie. It seemed like all of Tulsa was out and about that night. It was a lot of fun, and we got a ton of walking in downtown.
You might have a good laugh at this analogy, But laughs are needed on Mondays, so here it is! Owning a small business or having a craft that you want to grow is a lot like Pokemon hunting (queue the laughs – once you’re done, meet me back here).
As a small business or creative entrepreneur, you are constantly on the hunt for inspiration, for people to connect with, for books, blogs and information that will help you evolve and power up your skills and business. You are constantly battling fears, insecurities and the desire to compare to others. See what I did there! ( ; Recently I’ve been on the hunt so that I can strengthen my writing skills and have found a handful of resources that I wanted to share with you.
The first is my Tuesdays Together group. If you are in Tulsa, email me or find me on instagram or facebook and message me and I will let you know all about it and how you can get involved! If you are in another city and are curious about getting together once a month and talking topics like social media, writing contracts, and how to sell, with other creatives just like you, check out the Rising Tide Society’s map and find your city! Or read more about Tuesdays Together groups and what they do here.
The second is I just started reading Everybody Writes by Ann Handley. If you think that writing is a skill that only certain people get, buy this book. If you have a product, offering or launch coming up, buy this book! If you sell or plan to sell absolutely anything, buy this book! I’m not even half-way through and the entire book is full of notes!
The third is the Copywriting for Creatives course that is taught by a fellow Rising Tider and brilliant creative Ashlyn Carter. I’ve been focusing more and more on my words and how I say them. In an online world, words are starting to mean more and more and are needed to back up your images and your brand. Pretty images are great, but words that support it are even better.
Ann Handley puts it like this “Being able to communicate well in writing isn’t just nice; it’s a necessity.” Beth Dunn says “Our writing can make us look smart or it can make us look stupid. It can make us seem fun, or warm, or competent, or trustworthy. But it can also make us seem humdrum or discombobulated or flat-out boring”.
I hope you take advantage of these resources and I’ll definitely share more as I find them!