Writing Life

What Do You Do When You’re in a Rut?

stuck in a rut

We’ve read more than enough articles and quotes about that thing called writer’s block and how to overcome it. But what if you’re experiencing is not a “simple” case of the block? What if, maybe without realizing it, you’re in a rut, the reason for which is deeper than you might know? Source Of course, if it’s depression – more than a case of the blues – then it’s a whole different story. You will probably need professional help to sort that out. If, however, it’s just the blues, or whatever you want to call it, and it’s interfering with [Read more…]

How I Learned to Embrace – and Let Go – of Multitasking

multitasking

“Make up your mind, woman!” I don’t blame you if that came to mind as you read the title of this post. How is it possible to embrace and let go of something at the same time? Well, folks, I think I have found that thin line between multitasking and focusing on the work at hand. Source It’s a very thin line that, I admit, I sometimes stray from. Letting go of multitasking While I was thinking about how to structure this post – and even as I write – I got rid of the usual online distractions. My Twitter [Read more…]

How Do You Separate Personal Problems From Work?

separate personal problems from work

When I used to work at a “real” office, I remember that I always made it a habit to leave my personal problems at the door of my home. The moment I stepped out of my door, my mindset was all about work, never mind whatever personal issues I might have been facing. Source How does this apply when you work from home? Given that I have been working from home full-time for almost four years now, you’d think I would have the answer by now! But, no, unfortunately, I am now only realizing that I have quite a long [Read more…]

What’s in a Work at Home Writer’s Pantry/Fridge?

writer's pantry

Let’s take a break from writing, shall we? In a guest entry I wrote for Flexjobs about how we freelancers can save money, one of the things I highlighted was always having food in the house. The underlying reason is simple enough: you can more easily resist the temptation to call for delivery or go out to eat. Of course, there are more things that come into play – like self-control – but as I was taking stock of my pantry yesterday, I got curious about how you guys approach this “writer’s pantry issue”. Here’s a quick look at my [Read more…]

When Writer’s Block Hits and Brute Force Just Doesn’t Cut It

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I’ve always been one of those who believe in brute force when it comes to handling writer’s block. Source Just sit down and write. Just do it. You have to chase motivation/inspiration with a club. I like those motivational quotes that tell you to just plod along and get it over with, and most of the time, it does work for me. There are times, though, when no matter how much brute force I apply, I just can’t get anything done – not even a single cohesive sentence. I think that I wouldn’t be wrong in assuming that this happens [Read more…]

Why It’s Good to Occasionally Work Outside

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I’m a homebody. Anyone who knows me also knows that it sometimes takes a lot of convincing to get me out of the house. Sometimes, though, even a couch potato like me goes outside to work. When I do, I actually end up enjoying it and getting work done – more than usual. That’s more than enough reason to occasionally work outside, right? In case you’re like me, and you need a “little” convincing to venture out of your cave, let me share some things I’ve learned from working outside of the house. Fresh air is good for the health. [Read more…]

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