Writing Life

Do You Have a Case of “Freelance Writer Isolation”?

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I could be wrong, but I think that many freelance writers – especially those who work mainly from home – are more introverted than extroverted. At the risk of stereotyping, many of us prefer to stay indoors, read books, browse the Internet, and watch (good) TV shows or movies/documentaries. Source That’s exactly what my personal preferences are, and when I do go out (and actually look forward to doing so), it’s to go grocery shopping and maybe sit down for a while at the coffee shop around the corner. In short, I barely socialize with “real” people in “real” life. [Read more…]

Why You Should Write Even If You Don’t Feel Like Writing

Why You Should Write Even If You Don't Feel Like Writing

You’re probably thinking, “Sure, been there; done that. I didn’t even bother to collect the t-shirt.” There is a point in every writer’s life when he just doesn’t feel like writing. Whatever the reason may be, it does not matter when you’re that point. You just probably want to do anything but write, but let me give you a little tug – back to earth. Source If you’re a writer, you should write even if you don’t feel like it. Of course, there are exceptions, but if you want to be a better writer, then you’ll have to push yourself [Read more…]

Signs You Have What it Takes to Be a Freelance Writer

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It all looks so promising on paper: Doing what you love, in your pajamas, on the couch with the Kardashians on mute for company. For successful freelance writers, that might certainly be the setup, or they might only be able to do it while hot desking from a more professional space. There’s no right or wrong way to be a freelance writer, but you do need to have a certain set of skills and the right personality in order to succeed. Otherwise, it might be more like a hobby or second job and not enough to keep you financially fit. [Read more…]

Three Things to Help You Bounce Back When You Feel Like a Failure

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I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all been there at least once. A client sends back negative feedback that is so scathing even a rhino’s hide would burn in an instant. Or maybe your boss tells you you’re not doing a good job, and you need to step up. Sometimes, even a simple statement from a friend or family member may bring you down and make you feel like you’re a failure at what you do. Circumstances and triggers will differ, but these things happen, and the result is the same: you feel that you suck. Some people [Read more…]

The Power of a Nap

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I’ve come to realize that the freelance writing lifestyle is not as healthy as one would like to think so. Sure, you avoid the pollution by having to commute to work every day. You also avoid the stress of having to deal with irritating co-workers face to face (although that is easily replaced by other stress factors at home). Image source On the other hand, even the most introverted person needs some social interaction. Staying within the boundaries of your home is not healthy, too. That’s why I mentioned before that it’s good to occasionally work outside. However, there are [Read more…]

Writing-Themed Home Office Decor

Writing-Themed Home Office Decor

In addition to family photos, notebooks, stacks of papers, and a random assortment of my daughter’s toys that are pulled into my workspace by some mysterious magnetic force, my desktop is home to this graphic print mug. Whenever my idea well is dry, but I manage to break the hypnotic trance of the blinking cursor, I glance down at the mug, laugh to myself, and somehow get back on track. Like other writers, I am notorious for holing up in my office until I finish a project (or paragraph), but this has led me to realize how important it is [Read more…]

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