by Nettie Hartsock

Note from Oddpodz: we’re thrilled to add Nettie Hartsock to the idea engine blog. She’ll be authoring a new weekly feature, a Q&A with a creative expert. So, without further ado…

In this inaugural “Five Questions for Creatives” we turn to Meryl Evans, longtime Content maven, copywriter and web gal extraordinaire. Meryl’s web site can be found at

Meryl shares her insight on all things creative.

Q.What do you think is one of the biggest challenges to being a successful creative person?

Meryl: Getting inspiration on a regular basis.

Q. What are three tips you would give to anyone who wants to empower their creative career, whether it be as a copywriter, web designer, artist?


1. A creative career takes hard work like everything else.

2. A freelance creative career involves non-creative tasks like marketing, bookkeeping, and staying organized.

3. A freelance creative career requires you keep yourself motivated to get the work done.

Q. What is most rewarding about being on your own and working to grow
your creative business?

Meryl: Gaining a well-rounded life that lets me be a writer, mother, wife, daughter, friend, volunteer, and adventurer (not necessary in that order).

Q. What inspires you to be creative?

Meryl: Hearing from clients who love the work.

Q. What is the greatest benefit to working as a creative professional?

Meryl: Happy clients.

Bonus Question: What is your favorite book about business or creativity?

POP! Stand Out in Any Crowd by Sam Horn provides great tips for brainstorming ideas, names, and more.

About the author: Nettie Hartsock is a digital strategist helping authors, creatives, musicians and companies create actionable how-to 2.0 programs to establish a powerful base for attracting both blogger and journalists attention. Her website can be found at