Freelance Writing after a Hiatus

Many people have a difficult time returning to work after a relaxing vacation. Some people may feel ready to approach freelance writing with a new perspective, a clear mind, and a new inspiring vision, but the enthusiasm isn’t there for everyone. There are also other life changes that pull us away from our work and these things can make writing difficult at times. A new baby, a loss in the family, moving into a new home, getting married, or getting divorced can change us and our writing.

The loneliness, stress of a hectic schedule, and demanding clients piling on assignments can quickly turn a writer off from the idea of diving right back into the full-time gig. Here are some things that you can do to make the adjustment as smoothly as possible.

Prioritize. Take time to look over what needs to be done and make a plan. Do a few important but simple tasks first, such as responding to emails. Delay other things that won’t directly affect your client relationships or your ability to meet pending deadlines. Plan to tackle less important projects or tasks in a few days once you have had a chance to refocus your brain.

Get serious. Play time, for the most part, is over. There is work to be done and there are bills to pay. You have to make money between now and your next vacation, so get your mind in gear. It may help to read some freelance writing blogs, articles, and forums. Commenting, chatting, and reconnecting with the writing community can help get your mind back into the writing groove.

Start writing. I would not suggest starting with a heavy research project, or work for a tough client right away. Free writing is a better idea. Sometimes it is beneficial just to get all of your random thoughts down on paper before you can truly focus your attention on writing something for someone else. Write about what is going on in your life or in your head. This is a great way to reflect on recent changes and prepare your mind for working again. Once you have given yourself this warm-up, tackle an assignment for your favorite client or work on the project that interests you the most.

Take it easy. Gradually work your way back up to the amount of writing you used to do everyday. Take breaks when you need them. Stay connected to your friends, family, and writing community because support and firm relationships make a difference. Your work is important too, but don’t forget that you are human.

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