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Journalist and writer living in The Netherlands. On freelance work, creativity, writing and castles. Not writing a book.

Professional writer, not working on my debut novel

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It’s still kind of scary, but hey, why not. Hi, I’m Ingelise and I’ve been writing, reading and commenting here for a few months now. The writing part was (and is) also a bit scary, I am from The Netherlands and not a native English speaker (or writer). …

I’m finally not stressing over it anymore

Last week, I proudly shared on Twitter (in Dutch, sorry, very boring for you) how I finally managed to keep track of my money. Or well, sort of. Better than I used to. A few people responded they were curious how I do it. It’s too much for the famous…

Tell people how you see them

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Like probably a lot of you, I never really fitted in as a kid. I was one of those sensitive, dreamy kids. Didn’t like to play with the rest of the group and yes, I was picked last in gym class or on the playground. I had a few friends…

No complicated methods, just easy tools to help your head

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Over the course of my marvelous career I’ve had some pretty intense periods of time. There is no school that teaches you how to be a freelancer — well, and I didn’t really go to school anyway. …

How to challenge your creative side

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A few years back I decided to finally do what I always wanted to do: take a creative writing course. It was an introduction to writing fiction at one of the most prestigious writing schools in The Netherlands. I learned some pretty great things there.

Imagine how romantic it was…

You will make it if you’re in it for the long run

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Some people just know what they want to be when they grow up. They know, they adjust their courses at school and their summer jobs, the university they go to to reach that goal. And they reach it. Because, you know, they just know.

Unfortunately, I was never one of…

Yes, this is my take-away from 18 months in the home office

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The first days in lockdown were somewhat like heaven to me. As usual, my social calendar was way too full with birthdays, planning to see newborns, anniversaries, weddings, catching up with friends, family visits and almost everything you can think of.

Beside that, I love going out spontaneously, the music…

I’m ready for another 30 years of life lessons

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  1. Some people stay in your life, some are just passers-by. Not everyone needs to stay in your life forever
  2. There’s no such thing as ‘wasting time’. No time is ever wasted
  3. There’s always room for more people in your heart
  4. Money doesn’t make you happy but it certainly makes life…

I keep falling of the abyss

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As you might have noticed — but there’s a fairer chance you haven’t — it’s been a bit quiet on my end. As a full time freelance writer, someone with a busy social life, hobby’s and someone who needs time for herself (who doesn’t), I keep struggling with my work-life-dream…

It takes time, guts and a little luck

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It’s the scariest and yet one of the most important things to do when you work for yourself: networking. With a network, you will be able to find new clients, get the help you need when you’re stuck and it’s amazing when you can give something back to that network.

Ingelise de Vries

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