The Portland Writer

Freelance Writer | Storyteller | SEO Copywriter | Ghostwriter | Speaker and Coach


The Portland Writer - Freelance Writer | Storyteller | SEO Copywriter | Ghostwriter | Speaker and Coach

Portland Writers: The Portland Writer Expands

As we wrap the close of 2013 here at The Portland Writer, it’s only natural to take some time to reflect. Something I had a chance to do a bit more of in the last weeks of December on our first vacation in 3 years!

Building a Copywriting Business from Scratch

Building a business of your own from the ground up takes a lot of drive, unwavering work ethic and a clear vision for what you’d one day like it to become. This all becomes harder, when you do it the way I did, freshly laid-off, newly engaged, during a recession, with no start-up funds and a new baby on the way. (Really? Phew!)

Along the way there have been plenty of mistakes, stress, face palms, tears and hair pulling but there has also been loads of fun, constant learning, plenty of great new clients, new friends and connections and more fulfillment than I can ever put into words.

Thank You for Making the The Portland Writer a Success!

Most of all, there’s the satisfaction of providing my very best, every step along the way and that makes me proud. I could not have done it without all of you (my clients, supporters, mentors, the Portland writing community and my dear family and friends.) For the last six years, YOU have believed in my work enough to continually work with me, project after project and to refer your friends to me. My clients are some of the best and most loyal on the planet and for that I am truly grateful and humbled by your trust and continued support.

But a special thank you also goes out to my husband, Todd, who has juggled it all in the last few years, taking on the primary household duties and care of our young son, so that I could grow this business and give my very best to all of you.


A Change is on the Horizon

This September marked a milestone in the life of our family — our son (no, he’s not the monkey pictured above) started school for the first time, as an exuberant and eager kindergartener. His transition has closed one chapter in both our lives and in the business. With our little one in school, Todd is now free to join me in the business, offering his copywriting skills and writing ability, allowing us to take on even more clients in the coming year.

The Portland Writer accepting new clients in 2014

We’re excited about the expansion and what 2014 will mean for our family, our business and our clients. If you have friends or family that you think could benefit from our words, please feel free to pass along our name or our site for referral — we now have room in the schedule.

copywriting special discount

Refer-A-Friend 2014 New Year’s Special: *Now through February 15th, 2014, existing clients who refer a friend will receive a 10% discount off the next project with The Portland Writer and their newly referred client friends will receive $25 off their first project order.

Thanksgiving Message: Be Grateful and Enjoy!


Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Not because of the turkey, cranberries and pumpkin pie but because I believe in gratitude. I am a person who, no matter how hard the day before might have been, wakes up each morning with a smile, eager for that fresh new start. The reason — I am grateful.

Grateful for each day to be alive, to be with my family, to have wonderful friends, clients and connections. So, of course, I just wanted to take a moment before we head in to Turkey Day to say THANK YOU!! to all my clients for being so wonderful. You guys making writing for a living more rewarding and fun than it probably should be.

Here’s wishing that you eat too much, laugh too hard, are truly present in each delectable moment and that you give and receive as much love as you can each and every day.

Be grateful and enjoy!


— Vanessa Nix Anthony, The Portland Writer


Each Day I am Grateful

Each day I am grateful
for life and love and creativity
for strength, courage and empathy
no matter what comes my way

Thankful for
the smell of rain
taste of food
warmth of home and hearth

for the touch that soothes my worries
sights and sounds that fill my heart

In gratitude- I’m steeped
for second chances
beautiful surprises
and elegant mistakes

Appreciative in total
of those who’ve come before

for opportunities, support and kindness
from friends and strangers alike
because I get to witness
true humanity and
experience the balm
of knowing moments shared
between the unlikeliest of comrades
in circumstances, sometimes bleak

at the moments
available to me
to care and weep
and lend a hand
when things get a bit too deep

So grateful for emotions
rare, not so rare and in between
for grief and love and humor
intuition and instinct

Indebted to those moments
that test my spirit, heart, resolve

that show me something new of life
or even of myself
and let me grow a better version
out of life’s complexity

But most of all I’m grateful– overwhelmed
content and pleased
to be surrounded by such folks
who have the love of me
to know such generous spirits
all graced
with onion skin and empathy
imbued with unselfconscious charm

A motley crew– to say the least
And all belong to me!?!

You nourish me with such kindness
it’s hard for me to see
but grateful
because you’re home to me

Thanksgiving 2009
Vanessa Nix Anthony

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