Who are you and what did you do?
My name is Trisha Bartle. I’m an author, a professional writer, and body painting enthusiast.
I’m currently working on my debut novel. I’ve been a professional writer for over a decade. My services range from blog posts to product descriptions for clients of a slew of disciplines. In addition, I had a professional beauty blog, Makeup Files, for many years and was named one of the best beauty bloggers of 2011 by Shape Magazine.
Body painting has taken up a large portion of my non-writing creative time. News flash: It’s fun! I paint skeletons, spiders, flowers, and have been honing my landscape skills by following Bob Ross painting tutorials. I post my creations on Instagram.
How is your workspace set up?
My home office is bisected into two functional workspaces. A white desk and wall-mounted monitor provide a welcome location for writing and other computer-based work. The other side of the room features an antique wood desk topped with a sewing machine, a wardrobe full of fabric, and a host of painting, embroidery, and knitting notions.
What does your typical day look like?
My smart speaker wakes me up every day at 9 AM with the Muse song, “Knights of Cydonia.” Starting my day with an epic song puts me in the mood to get things done–and maybe do some battle.
The nature of my profession means that I need to have a flexible daily schedule. I might write a blog post about 2019 wedding trends for a client’s website, email editors, or network with fellow writers. I use a bullet journal to keep track of my various obligations, color-coding based on topic.
Despite the flexibility in my schedule, I always end my workday at 5 PM. Though I work from home, it’s important to keep traditional hours. It looks more professional in the eyes of clients while also helping prevent burnout. I’ve learned in over my decade’s experience as a professional writer that it’s important to set boundaries not only for my clients but for myself as well.
What hardware do you use to make your content?
Scrivener for Windows
Where can people find you online?