About

mel lee-smith freelance writer

Hi! Thanks for stopping by. I’m Mel, a freelance writer, editor, and all-inclusive word nerd. Like most writers, I like coffee, colorful pens, and cats.

My site has a few different purposes:

  • to showcase my freelance writing and editing work,
  • to attract new freelance writing and editing clients,
  • and to build a kinship with jack-of-all-trade writers who, like me, enjoy writing as a day job, a side gig, and a hobby.

Let’s get one thing straight: if you’re looking for a one-track blog solely dedicated to writing, you’re in the wrong place.

Guess what? Not all writers want to talk shop 24/7.

(Shocking, I know.)

Writers have other goals and ambitions. Here are a couple of mine:

  • Take better care of my mind, body, and spirit.
  • Learn new things and see new places.
  • Exercise more, eat healthier, and practice mindfulness daily.
  • Reduce my plastic consumption and carbon footprint.

And yes, of course I want to write more, and write better.

In short, I want to become a better writer and a better person.

Do you want those same things?

If so, awesome! Because this is gonna be hard and I need a buddy.

That said, I do have some skills and expertise that you might find useful for our journey.

First, I have a Master’s degree in writing.

I learned a lot of neat stuff during my academic journey. (And I paid a lot of money for said neat stuff, so I should keep it all to myself…

…but I’d rather share it with you, for free, because it might help you become a better writer, and that’s important to me.)

I’ve also struggled with three mental illnesses for most of my life. The good news is, I’m in recovery now. 

The better news is, I know some tricks for putting your inner demons on “Do Not Disturb” mode so you can get some writing done, whether you’re a novelist, poet, freelancer, or blogger.

(Or, like me, a combination of all the above and then some.)

Maybe some of my knowledge will be useful to you.

Maybe not.

But hey, since I’ve got this little corner of the internet to myself, I might as well use it to help other writers who might be stuck in a rut like I was, like, two days ago.

Which brings me to my next point: my blog is a journey, not a destination.

You won’t find the answers to all your writing and wellness woes here, because I don’t have them.

In fact, I’m still searching for them.

That means we’re on this journey together, my friend.

See, I’m exactly not a fan of bloggers and writers who claim to have all the answers or try to sell you a solution.

Because we’re human, and we all screw up sometimes. And that’s okay.

It’s okay to get stuck.

It’s okay to write at your own pace.

It’s okay to feel overwhelmed sometimes.

Don’t let anyone, “experts” included, make you feel guilty for being human.

Your output does not determine your worth as a person.

And that’s what this blog is all about.

So, are you ready to embark on this journey with me?

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