Writing Life

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

writers block

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

work outside

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…]

Places for Telecommuters to Work

Places for Telecommuters to Work

Telcommuters need to get out of the home office sometimes. Working in bed or on the couch isn’t recommended for getting the best work done and for your sanity. But we’re all a little different and what works for some of us doesn’t always work for everyone else. If you’re feeling cooped up, try some of these options for getting your work done. Library If you need a quiet place to work, try your local library next time you need a break from your home office. Just remember that this is a place that prefers quiet, so you won’t be [Read more…]

What Are Your Essential Writing Gadgets?

What Are Your Essential Writing Gadgets?

When Hemingway said this, he probably had no idea just how the tools of the trade would change in the future. While many – if not most – of us would probably not hesitate to shell out some cash to own a vintage typewriter, the fact is that writers have more advanced tools at our disposal today. Of course, there are times when nothing beats good old pen and paper. The other day, while working at a coffee shop, I couldn’t help but glance (okay, more than glance; maybe stare a little) at the people there. Many seemed to be [Read more…]

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