Should Freelance Writers Work Everyday?

Being a freelance writer certainly has its perks. You don’t have to spend the gas money to commute. You don’t have to start work at any specific time. You can work two days a week or you can work seven days a week. The question is, should freelance writers work seven days a week?

I am a firm believer that you need a break from work, even if it is something that you love. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to take a full day off. Every writer’s creative process is different. I haven’t heard of a freelance writer who works eight hours a day, seven days a week, but I know a couple who do work on any day of the week. There is nothing wrong with that. Taking time, even if it is certain hours that you won’t work, or taking an unscheduled break, is well deserved and needed.

I think it is incredibly productive for writers to have an hobby that is unrelated to words and language. Using a different part of the brain actively can really give the writer within a peaceful rest. Focusing my energy into something like drawing, painting, cards, or puzzles (not word puzzles) can give me a real sense of refreshment when I do get back to my writing. Sometimes limiting my writing days to six per week gives me a chance to miss it. Taking myself away from writing for a while is almost like a tease, and that makes me love what I do even more.

I suppose it is up to the writer, and how much work they have on a regular basis. In any career, however, there must be some “selfish” time that no one else can have a part of. That makes it easier to give at work. The point is, do something else once in a while, and seven days of writing is okay. Work and play.

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  1. […] Should Freelance Writers Work EveryDay? […]

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