Writing is definitely one of the most loved activities in history. Without it, we would not have been able to have learning or passing on the information we got from experience for the benefit of others. We would not have history lessons—or we could, but that would just be by word of mouth. Imagine how difficult life would be.
Writing is really fun and a worthy activity to spend your time on. But what if you’re asked to write for a fee? I mean, what if you’re paid to write about a certain topic, complete with deadlines and other pressure points?
Freelance writing requires a lot of things like discipline, research, and many more. You easily write about anything and you won’t get stressed out because it would be fun—you’re writing at your own pace and on a subject that you’ve chosen, but as soon as that job starts coming up, you’ll definitely have a certain kind of stress—whether you like it or not, or whether you admit it or not.
Let’s get real. Freelance writing does get paid really well, but the stress can also take a toll on your body and mind. And there is no way of avoiding any kind of stress in freelance writing. That’s not a sad thing, though. I suggest that you don’t try to eliminate these stress factors because you’ll be stupid to do that, rather, you just need to manage them.
I’ll be sharing to you some of the stress that a freelancer faces in any part of his career. This is not intended to scare you newbies away. I write this so that you know what you’re getting into and you’ll be prepared once you feel the first wave of stress and you’ll be ready to apply necessary buffers so that when it hits you, it won’t hurt as much.
Be realistic with your writing goals
Good on you if you can write 20 300-word articles in a day (although I really pity who do this kind of work—because there really are people who do it), but that would be too boring and too scary for me to take. You doing that every single day? I don’t thingk so. At first you may be able to do it with flying colors, but as soon as you get used to writing and the monotony of the topics and style of writing sets in, you’ll be stressed out of your mind.
Just be realistic about your goals. You should take into consideration the you need to do other things aside from writing—and these are not really big things. You need to eat, take a bath, watch some tv, take the garbage out of the house, sleep, etc.
When you don’t set realistic goals—or better yet goals that are well within your capacity, you’ll never feel satisfied even if you’re getting paid really well for the trouble.
Beware the writer’s block!
If you’re like me, you don’t want to write just for the sake of writing. I’m a melancholy and details are everything to me, and so is perfection. I always face this writer’s block ever so often because there are just times that my mind is blank without any hope of producing some sort of good material.
There are times when everything just gushes forth, but when this block comes, everything is futile.
So do you just stop writing and just turn your computer off? Well, that could be an option because I do that, actually. I just let this storm pass and not force anything. When I do try to force the subject, I get headache and I just stress myself all the more.
Okay, if stopping is not an option for you, you might as well continue writing, but don’t make a lot of critique on your own work. Just write without minding any kind of quality. When the block passes, you can always go back to your work and improve it.
Those are just two of the many things that become stressful moments for freelance writers. Do you agree to what I’ve written? What other things do you like to add to the list or to the two ideas I’ve presented?
Let us all know in the comments!