time offTime off! Why is it so important for freelance writers yet so often elusive?

Maybe you recognize this. You’ve been rocking along with your freelance writing career and seeing growth with improvement in both your writing and your income.

All seems fine except you begin to notice the ideas for things to write about don’t seem to come as easily as they used to. You find yourself slogging to meet deadlines that used to be a breeze or close to it. Clients you used to enjoy you now find tiresome. You catch yourself staring out the window, not creatively, but with a longing to escape.

These and similar symptoms are certain signals you need some time off!

Why time off is good for you

I’ve come to love the word, recreate or recreation. Time off is what allows us to re-create ourselves. It takes rest away from the pressures of work, yes, even freelance writing work, for our minds to return to their normal, creative ways of thinking and perceiving . Without some regular re-setting as it were of our minds abilities, we tend to get mired down and stuck.


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writing for exposureEver been tempted by a writing for exposure writing gig? Most of us have, particularly in the beginning of our writing careers.

What what is writing for exposure?

The idea behind writing for exposure isn’t inherently a bad one.

The basic thought is that writers can benefit if their writing is exposed to the public, even for free. Such exposure, it is argued, gives them a writing credit and may be seen by possible clients.

Often the people offering to ‘let’ you write for them are sincere, maybe not-for-profit types. They are naive and have been told that writing for exposure instead of for pay is something many freelance writers will do because they want that exposure. They may really believe they are offering something of value in lieu of pay.

Then there are a fair number of people out there that simply hope to get something for nothing. They are aware that offering writing for exposure is usually a bad deal for the writer, but a good one for them. These folks hope to get writing they can use, and often they can.

Why is writing for exposure usually not a good idea?

The real reason writing for exposure is generally not a great idea is you have no idea what kind of exposure you’re going to get, if any. Think about it. What does the fact the individual or company isn’t willing to pay for writing say about them? They either have almost no budget or they are just plain stingy.


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