Women Who Create / Amy Buxton. This week I am happy to welcome self professed bookworm and dog mama Amy to the series!
Tell us a little about your background…
Ok, so I have always been a total bookworm, ever since I was a child and dearly wanted to be a writer, ever since I read the Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy. That secret ambition stayed with me all through high school and then I went to university and studied English, as I think I was about to accept that I needed to be a teacher. I took a left turn by taking a junior job at a publishing house when I was 30 and finally found my inner strength to go it alone a year later and I’m now a freelance writer!
Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focused and happy?
I’m a creature of habit, so before I work, I need to have a coffee on my desk (the ultimate cliche), my dog in her office basket, a kiss from my husband and a quick scour of newspapers online. When that’s all done, I’m ready to go!
What two things can’t you live without?
My husband and my dog! As a bonus, my hubby makes all the coffee, so two birds, one stone.
What is your biggest source of inspiration?
Anyone, anywhere that is doing something for themselves! Self-employment is scary, so you go humans!
What is the meaning of ‘creative’ to you?
Having unique ideas and finding a platform that works for you, to help you express them. It can be anything from angry graffiti through to fine art or creative writing, as long as it gets your idea across, it’s creative and successful.
If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone… who would it be & why?
I’m quite dystopian, so I would probably be willing to give a limb to science if I could write a TV series with Charlie Brooker!
Do you have a favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?
A novelty virgin Mary pen that my mum gave me!
What is the best thing about running your working for yourself?
Total creative freedom and regular hug breaks with my dog and husband, who also works from home! Oooh, endless toast runs too!
What is your proudest creative moment in your journey so far?
Honestly? Getting my first paid freelance gig! It will always remind me of how far I’ve come and that I really committed to something scary and challenging. It wasn’t anything groundbreaking, but it was amazing to see my first freelance byline.
What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business journey…
Keep the faith! You embarked on the journey for a reason and you need to use that initial impetus to sustain your determination, even when things get tough or look like thy aren’t moving as quickly as you want them to. Your self-belief will make other people believe in you and that leads to clients or customers!
Yeah! Thanks Amy.. you can find more over on her website here x