Freelance Reflections 7/29: Writer’s Burnout. Is that a thing?

I just submitted the final assignment before I leave for San Diego tomorrow (thank goodness for vacations am I right?). Of COURSE the week before I leave everyone wants me to write for them. To be honest, I spent so many late nights writing this week I’m a little fried. You just get to the point where you just need a break and after 8 days and close to ten thousand words later I’m more than ready for a well earned rest.

I’ve heard other freelancers (more experienced than myself) talk about writer’s burnout, where you just can’t physically write anymore. It’s usually talked about in fearful hushed tones but the truth of the matter is I don’t believe in burnout. I believe in over-scheduling, overworking and under-recreating. Freelancers really struggle with the whole Work/Life balance because we are the new hunter-gatherers of the 21st century. We are out there foraging for work, networking, completing projects keeping up to date on the latest social media trends, it’s really much more than a full time job much of which goes uncompensated.

I think it’s important to remember that we need to take time to breathe, spend precious moments with our friends and family not just for their benefit but also for ours. I’m just as guilty of this where I get wrapped up in my work to the point where I don’t go out, I don’t do anything and then of course I feel strangled and grumpy, who wouldn’t?

So if you’re a workaholic like me I say make two days a week sacred, they can be floaters if you like, but make two days a week “NO CLIENT WORK” days. Do stuff around the house, go for a walk, write something FOR YOURSELF to keep yourself happy and the creative juices flowing, but stay away from the stress. I work on my manuscript, do DIY projects, and bake, just so I am learning something new, using other parts of my brain besides the writing parts and making progress elsewhere in my life. It’s been a great rule to follow, and it’s definitely prevented me from becoming overly frustrated.

On that note it’s time for me to pack and get ready! See everyone in August!

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Salutations!

Welcome to the official blog for my freelance company Write Away Freelance LLC.  The purpose of this blog is three fold.

FIRST. I hope to provide a resource for freelancing creatives (like myself) as well as help potential clients get to know me, the kind of work that I do and to help with the whole should I? shouldn’t I? part of hiring a writer (here’s the quick answer: Yes…you should.)

SECOND. Although I know a ton about writing and how to put words together and how to make sense while doing it, running a business is a new venture of mine. I am frenetic researcher and a lot of my blog will be about talking to young professionals  and creatives who (like me) are embarking on this journey for the first time as well. We gotta stick together right?!

THIRD. TO HAVE FUN! I mean let’s face it, a blog is a funny word, that describes a funny place where funny people get together and write funny things.  As a freelance writer I’m often so busy with client work and meeting client needs that I forget to take some time to write for myself! So I’m fixing that. Expect jokes, funny quotes, the occasional sarcastic remark, funny pictures and posts about random things (y’know just to keep ya on your toes)

I have an open door communication policy and I am happy to answer some questions if you have any, or connect you with an audience if you have something to share that’s helpful. I’m also accepting relevant guest posts if you’d like to get some exposure or portfolio pieces!

Hopefully this will be an entertaining resource and an insightful commentary on how a young twenty something decided to throw caution to the wind and pursue her passion.

So let’s get to it shall we?