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Devon Louise: Freelance Writer Everything You Need to Know

When I imagine my future, I don’t see myself working a 9-5 office job. I see myself working from home, in a room with lots of natural light, a desk surrounded by art that inspires me. I dream of managing my own time and income, having a dedicated work space that I can leave behind a closed door each day, but with no commute. No pressure to check emails out-of-hours or a boss breathing down my neck causing unnecessary stress. I dream of earning a peaceful income so that I have the energy at the end of the day to truly enjoy the things I love.

Now that I’m almost 23, I think it’s about time I start working towards that dream. That’s why I want to work Freelance. Over the past 5 years I have built a strong content writing portfolio through my role in Marketing, a Work Experience with Penguin Random House, volunteering with multiple businesses, and through my own personal blog.

Currently, I am still in a Marketing role building my skills, however it’s primarily focused on social media management and graphic design. Therefore, to keep my content writing skills up to par, I would like to offer my abilities as a service for others. Following the troubles of 2020, I would love to focus my efforts on supporting small businesses. Although, I’m very aware that beggars cannot be choosers, which is why I’m promoting my services in the following ways:

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Life

Here’s to a Better New Year

Last year I sat and wrote this post with hope and excitement seeping from my finger tips. In early 2020, I was a fresh graduate working part-time at a Marketing Agency, my life’s journey was just beginning. Now, I’m a Master’s student Marketing an on-campus indie business remotely. And, though I had the desire to do a Masters and was considering freelance/small indie work pre-March 2020, these decisions were certainly not made with the same mindset I would have held last year.

Admittedly, I could be in a worse position. I have a friends who support me, an amazing boss, and I am still enrolled on a course with thoroughly engaging material. However, my mental health has taken a massive dip and being forced to leave Lancaster sucks hard. It really sucks. I wished to leave on my own terms, having moved on from the student life it offered, instead I was booted out by COVID-19.

So, going into 2021 my goals have been adapted into ones I can still achieve in a COVID-19 climate. Without further ado, here’s my 2021 goals.

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Poetry

Untitled Poem

My body is screaming for me to write some poetry, but I can’t find the words. So here is something incomplete that came to me in May. A fragment of something larger.


If love were like a paper plane

it would be crumpled in my heart.

Love doesn’t send me soaring,

but grounds me as I walk.


Why publish a fragment? As a promise to myself that one day it’ll be a part of a whole.

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Film

Tenet Review

All Style, No Substance.

Intentionally confusing on the surface, but simple to understand once you take a breather from the needlessly inflated dialogue. The entire movie reminded me of academics who aim for superiority by using an excessive amount of jargon and a ‘unique’ structure, but in reality are just bad at presenting ideas to a learning audience.

The movie isn’t as smart as it would like to seem, and while it’s certainly pretty, the story itself is quite boring. Action and an interesting hook can only carry a narrative so far, and we’re given no reason to care for the main cast beside their familiar faces and some weak ‘family’ connections that are never developed.

The film does little to explore the waters of characters motivations, pasts, and personal connections to the key sci-fi element: time. Although, one motivation is revealed, it comes across as a cheap throw away line that links to real world fears. While this reasoning could have provided an interesting thread throughout the movie, it is chucked in with no reinforcement or impact.

Additionally, the ‘epic’ score, while up to Zimmer’s established standard for Nolan films (despite not being his work), is used excessively throughout; sometimes making it difficult to hear the actual dialogue. It’s a real shame as I have been excited to see Tenet in cinemas since pre-lockdown.

I have read plenty of glowing reviews that recommend a second viewing, however with a run time of 2 hours and 30 minutes, I won’t be wasting my time.

Rating: 2/5 stars

Side note: the only character name I can remember just two hours after seeing the movie is ‘Neil’. That’s probably not a good sign.

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Life music

Seasons of Music

Every few months I put together a new playlist to represent a new season of my life. And, as you can imagine 2020 has been quite the year of change.

Originally, I was going to create a new playlist every three months to correspond with the changing of the seasons; however since I have more time on my hands than expected, I’ve driven each song into the ground. So, as I commence with my 4th playlist of the year, please enjoy what I’ve been listening to so far in 2020.