Many freelance writers, who write full-time, will agree that to survive within publishing world, there are constant pressures to seek out new publishing outlets and to continually strive for regular publication of new articles.
To outsider looking in, life may seem sweet, with hours to suit, no trudging to work in wind and rain, or working at a job you despise, however, freelancers vary rarely work traditional 9-5 and working a five day week is almost unheard of. There are no steady hours in freelance writers world. Any time off is often spent researching new material, absorbing daily events or at least mentally planning for next interview. Even time spent away on holiday cannot prevent Freelancer from planning next travel article and taking notes and photographs of places of interest-just in case.
Professional writers work long and sometimes unsociable hours, in their attempt to make a living. Life is governed by possible rejections, disappointments and extreme highs when an article is finally accepted for publication. Freelance writers these days have to not only be creative, inventive, and resilient, but are expected to be experts in niche areas and able to market themselves to boot!
Although, most established freelance writers would not swap their existence for a steady 9-5 job, it is easy to see how some writers buckle under severe pressure, living life by their wits, having to constantly budget their money for months ahead. They can become jaded with this continual pressure. The very source of their writing essence can dry up, leaving them struggling for both ideas and direction.
Freelancers become so used to writing for deadlines, targeting a specific house style, and then double-checking their facts that sometimes, it is easy to forget that writing can and should be fun.
For any writer who has been in this situation, then take heart; all-important batteries can be recharged. Just take a step back momentarily and cast your mind back to good old days. Writing stories or poems then were a labour of love, you wrote from heart or from your soul, because mood dictated and not because you needed to make a profit.