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Meet Devin Kate Pope of Kindred Word Studio in Tempe

Today we’d like to introduce you to Devin Kate Pope.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Devin Kate. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Writing has been with me since the very beginning. Before I could physically write, I’d tell my Mom my stories and poems, and she’d transcribe them. Later on, when I was thinking about college and a career I wanted to do something that would push my boundaries and develop new skills. So I went to journalism school and learned to write for others, make research fascinating, get cranky sources to talk to me, and handle harsh editing.

After school, I moved to a small town and started freelancing, doing writing and editing, mostly for online publications. I also started reading everything I could find about business and entrepreneurship. I loved the flexibility that freelancing provided, but there were some parts I didn’t like — the isolation, the ‘stuck in a hamster wheel’ feeling, the constant pitching of article ideas. After a few years, I realized that I wanted to do something different.

It was also at this time that I connected with a mentor who validated my ideas and gave me a framework for goal planning and system creation. I looked at everything I’d done and wanted to do and relaunched myself as Kindred Word Studio. A content direction and copywriting studio that prioritizes honesty instead of hype, and storytelling over viral-ness.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
One struggle has always been time. It can feel like there’s never enough, or that I’m wasting the minutes I have. Part of why I started freelancing and then Kindred Word Studio is so I can be around my babies while they’re young. I purposely work part-time and take on a limited number of clients — it’s part of how I work so that I have the kind of lifestyle that I want. I struggled for a long time, though, to see it that way. It’s easy to slip into being envious of people who work full-time hours or feel like I’m “behind.” One way I work to solve this challenge is by having a spreadsheet where I track all my goals, tasks, and projects (and the amount of time they take.) This helps me realistically set my schedule and breathe comfortably knowing that even if I can’t work on a project right now, it’s in the spreadsheet and I won’t forget it.

Kindred Word Studio – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Kindred Word Studio is a one-stop writing hub. I work with mission-driven entrepreneurs and creatives to plan, write and edit whatever words their business or project needs. My clients are clear about their goals and value storytelling — but don’t want to do it all alone. I step in as their partner to help them achieve their writing and content creation goals. As a consultant, I talk with clients and help them figure out what they’re trying to say to get un-stuck in the writing process. Sometimes clients come to me with a half-finished course or ebook and hand it over to me so they can focus on other things. My clients often tell me, “Yes, that’s exactly what I was trying to write!” I specialize in meeting my clients where they’re at, understanding their goals and quirks, and then writing words that sound like them — not me.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is when a client loves the work I did for them, and my life didn’t fall apart while I was working for them. I get to this point by being transparent with my clients about what to expect, piecing out the work into do-able sections that fit into my days, and not neglecting my self-care.

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