A Day In The Life Of A Freelance Writer/Indie Author/Artist
I feel like this is something I have to describe to new people in my life far too often. If you’ve never worked from home as a contract writer/artist/whatever, you might not understand what it’s like to do it. I get that. We all live different lives, and different things work for different people.
Anyway, this is the last time I’m explaining. Now it will be right here online, easy to find. This is a look at my normal “workday.” I don’t get in a car and commute to an office, but I still have a job to do. I don’t have set work hours, but I still have assignments and deadlines.
Wake Up– Most of the time I sleep until noon. It’s the life of an artist. I don’t need to be up to punch a clock at 6 am. And, I like the nighttime, she’s my muse. I go to bed by 3 am, most nights (unless I’ve been sucked in by a review book).
Gig Hunt– If I am not making a substantial amount of money a month (meaning I am bringing in less than $3000) I am gig hunting. Freelance gigs don’t last forever, contracts end. Gig hunting and applying is something I try to do every day, Monday thru Friday. Some days I don’t find anything to apply to, some days I find a dozen perfect gigs. Some respond quickly, some never respond. And some days I have test articles to due (paid and unpaid).
Deadlines And Assignments– Not all assignments come packing a deadline, but I try to set myself deadlines because I don’t get paid if I don’t turn in the work. I treat my writing like a full-time job, even when I don’t have a full-time schedule of articles to work on. If I don’t have the paid work, I have stuff I do that doesn’t pay (because I enjoy it, because it allows me to help friends out sometimes, because the more you write, the more you learn). This is my income, this is my life. If I don’t work every day, I don’t make money, which means I can’t pay my bills.
Hobbies– When I don’t have work to do, in my spare time after my work is done, I work on my own books, write poems, create art, practice music, listen to music, watch streaming TV or movies, read books. These are the things I enjoy. These are the things I do instead of going to a bar and wasting money on alcohol or going to the theater and spending way too much to see a movie and eat some popcorn.
I know some people might see all this as a recipe for becoming a recluse. I still make time for friends, when they need me. I still go to Dale’s gigs from time to time to get out and be amongst the living. This is the life I live, this is the life I love.
I rarely get burned out these days. I take breaks when I need them. I focus on one thing until I get it done and then move onto the next project unless I need a break in between. This life works for me. I get to do what I love for a living and sometimes my words even help people, and that’s the best part.