Benjamin Franklin famously said, "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." I am a big believer of this statement. The importance of leaving the written word chronicling your contributions to this world is crucial whether you are a writer, creator or entrepreneur.
Imagine where we would be today without the works of Marcus Aurelius, Alexander Hamilton, Jane Austen, Abraham Lincoln, William Shakespeare, Rabindra Nath Tagore, or Sir Isaac Newton.
Yes. When I use the term "creator," I mean everyone who is involved in creating something of value whether it is a book, piece of art, or an invention.
For those who feel they don't have anything to write about, I beg to differ. Just from the above examples, Emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote in his journal, but his book of Meditations was never meant to be published. Yet, because it exists, it has helped so many people through their personal development, including yours truly.
I remember hand sewing, writing, and illustrating my first book at the age of ten.
It was a thrilling experience.
I was a young kid growing up in India with fancy dreams of becoming an artist, writer, and businesswoman someday (and maybe a stewardess too).
You must understand, back in the day, that was not a conventional way of thinking in India, especially for a girl.
Then my father decided to come to America– the land of opportunity. (My Logo carries my father's self-portrait. He was an amazing artist and influenced my passion for art. My mother is a wonderful poet, and her maiden name is the inspiration behind my studio's name). My Nani was a multi-talented woman. She was a nurse who saved people's lives and when she was free, she taught me how to sew, embroider, knit, make biscuits, and pickles.
Armed with these seeds of interest, I arrived in America with my family.
Middle school was a massive culture shock and a blur.
High school included the same aimless studying of subjects that were of the least interest to me, except art, English, and history.
By the time I graduated high school and began college at 17, I was heading down a different path for life from the one I had envisioned.
Over the years, I held various jobs to survive including: fast food, retail sales, receptionist, administrative assistant, real estate sales, and executive assistant. Always working the 9-5.
After many personal setbacks, including surgeries and living with a life-threatening condition called Idiopathic Anaphylaxis (IA) which can make me drop dead any second and without notice, I decided to re-construct my business, Trehan’s Treasures Studio, which I had started in 2008.
Previously, under my studio, I had published books, created, and sold art, handmade journals, and embellishments. But by no means was it a money-making machine.
I didn’t know what I was doing with social media or marketing, except making disconnected and random posts about my works.
I remember there were people who mocked me and said, “What are you?”
They couldn’t understand my interests encompassed a multitude of things. So, they would ask me, “Are you a historian, an artist, a writer, a businesswoman, or what, what, what?”
I will be honest, that used to hurt me a lot. I felt that I had to conform to society’s standards of doing just one thing.
But try as I might, it never stuck with me.
I would wonder if there was something wrong with me.
Thankfully, I was too resilient to allow mockery and unwarranted advice from deterring me from finding my own path.
I knew a thing or two about the term “Renaissance Man(Woman).”
So I thought to myself, if we can respect Benjamin Franklin and Leonardo da Vinci, why not me?
I decided come what may, I was going to be who I am.
And by Jove! I am a writer, a historian, an artist, a biographer, a designer, a researcher, an author, a blogger, an entrepreneur, and hopefully a decent human being.
And no number of naysayers will keep me from creating the kind of life I want for myself.
I am determined to be as authentic as I can possibly be in this ever-growing synthetic world, even if it means standing alone. Because I am done with that whole people pleasing thing and I am now on a quest to find myself - or re-define myself.
My desire to pull myself out of the ruins of my life and to help other creators who are starting out with their own entrepreneurial ventures led me to start Creative Scrivener, an offshoot of Trehan’s Treasures Studio.
Through Creative Scrivener, I provide consulting services including personal branding, copy editing, copy writing, and content writing for fellow creators and entrepreneurs. I also write a FREE weekly newsletter for Creators & Entrepreneurs with insightful tips for personal development through history, biography, art, and philosophy so you can discover & achieve your creative goals in life.
I have created a few helpful guides for new writers to help them get started on their journey to publishing their works. These include the A to Z of Non-Fiction Book Proposals for New Writers, and How to Write an Effective Non-Fiction Query Letter that Will Get You Noticed by Magazine Editors.
I have been working as a professional writer for over a decade, and even longer than that as a professional artist and entrepreneur.
I have gained expert level writing experience through various sources including self-study, academics, work experience, personal and volunteering experience.
I have had incredible opportunities to work with and gain insight from some of the best leaders in the publishing industry.
My clients include small businesses, entrepreneurs, creators, print and digital publishers, and international businesses.
My work has been featured in American History, American Farmhouse Style, Atomic Ranch, Cottages & Bungalow, PieceWork, Journal of the American Revolution, The Old Schoolhouse, WorldAtlas, the Illinois Heritage Magazine, and many more.
I have expert knowledge and experience in the following:
Online & Field Research
As a small business owner and entrepreneur, I understand the complexities of what is required to run a business single-handedly.
I respect and appreciate my clients and their time. Having worked in the publishing industry for over a decade, I understand the importance of meeting deadlines.
Transparency and a principled code of ethics is very important to me.
I am a maverick and I earn my living as an entrepreneur and freelancer. The beauty of working as such allows me to be truly independent and free of any obligations to any employer, organization, or business. If I write for a business, company, or publisher, I make it a habit of disclosing the information upfront to my clients.
I work with a simple business model where my clients know exactly what to expect from me.
At the same time, I also understand each client is unique. As a result, I offer services that are tailored to my client’s specifications when necessary.
Please feel free to connect with me on social media or send me a message if there is anything I can help you with.
I would love to hear from you!
Until next time,
Creative & Motivational Storyteller