Between Writing Jobs? Stay Busy & Motivated – Here’s How
The most challenging aspect of being a freelance writer is the need to embrace uncertainties in my work-life, especially so when freelance writing is a full-time career choice.
Just like everyone else, we freelancers have bills to pay and needs to meet. However, despite mounting responsibilities and rising expenses, we are willing to hang-in-there and accept the possibility of being out of work every now and then. If you ask me, freelance writers are dare-devils.
Speaking from experience, there are days when I’m neck-deep in work, slogging away with back-to-back assignments and deadlines that seem to swoosh by. In stark contrast, I have seen days, weeks and on certain occasions, months with no paying job in hand. Fluctuations are common in our line of work – when work is slow and suddenly, there is a lot of time to brood over such unwelcome idleness.
An enlightened freelance writer understands and accepts uncertainties as an inevitable part of the day’s work and without wasting a moment in self-doubt, looks at this situation as an opportunity to evolve and grow.
Here are some quick-fixes (in no particular order) that help me stay grounded, busy and motivated between writing jobs.
Hopefully some of these will help you too!
Catching-up on Hobbies
When work takes up most of your time, there’s always a hobby or an activity you have to forego. The time between writing jobs is ideal to pursue those hobbies to your heart’s content. I like to do all the things that make me happy and miss-out-on, when work keeps me over busy – embroidering, reading, watching movies (old classics), admiring nature and trying out new recipes! Catching up on your favourite hobbies is a great way to unwind and relax after days of hard-work.
I recently watched some lovely classics like ‘Pollyanna’, ‘The Railway Children’ and ‘Summer Magic’; movies that instantly put me in a happy place.
Reading Inspirational Blogs and Inspiring Words
Different people gain inspiration from different sources. While you’re between jobs, make it a point to tap into those sources of inspiration to broaden your mind and refresh your senses. Consider it a Soul-Spa, a time for reflection and rejuvenation.
We are lucky to live in the information age where accessing a wealth of information is as easy as a mouse-click. I like to spend time reconnecting with things that inspire me. Visiting inspirational blogs are a favourite.
What inspires you? A good book, an autobiography of a person you admire or a person in your life?
Getting back to Writing
If you’re like me, you probably have a personal blog that you like to update as often as possible. This is the time to pay attention to it and any other web properties you own. I’ve found the time between paying writing jobs ideal for getting back to blogging, implementing new creative ideas and running technical experiments on my other websites.
Networking with Past Clients
‘Ask and you shall receive’ – not always but there’s no harm in trying, right?
It makes sense to contact your past clients if you’re looking for new work. Drop them an email or give them a call and let them know you’ll be happy to help them out with any urgent project they may have. Since they have worked with you before, they should be able to get you on the job fairly quickly.
Research & Refocus
The writing business has become fiercely competitive and there are ‘plenty of fish in the Web pond’! A keyword search on Google should tell you more about whom and what you are up against. Often, such browsing proves beneficial as it helps me to look at my own website with a critical eye.
Writing Guest Posts
There is no reason to stop writing when you are between jobs. In fact, it is of paramount importance to stay in touch with your craft and keep on writing. A great way to do this is by researching opportunities to write a ‘Guest Post’ on someone else’s blog.
Staying busy and motivated between freelance writing jobs and assignments is not difficult when you have a clear focus. Don’t waste your time being sad or de-motivated. Instead, use this opportunity to grow as a writer.
All the best!