One of the best things about being a freelance writer is the flexibility. Being able to write from anywhere and at anytime around your schedule, is what working for yourself is all about. However there are sometimes when writing on the go, can get a little dicey. That’s is when it helps to have a plan.
During the year, generally in the summer months and especially if you have kids, there will be times when you will have to be away from your home office. At times it will be a planned vacation, at other times it will be a spontaneous volunteer opportunity, or a sick relative who will need your care. Most trips can be prepared for, but times will arise when you will need to just get up and go.
But since you are a responsible writer, you know you can’t just forget about your deadlines, there a few things that you can do.
Pack Your Tools
Like any cool, hip writer, you will undoubtedly bring your laptop along with you on your trip. But you might also want to pack a few trusty notebooks, pens, pencils, just in case. Earplugs or earphones and an i-pod, are handy to block any distracting noise that you may encounter. Caffeine and and brain food such as nuts, trail mix, and fruit would be great to have along as well.
Send Them Away
Family, as much as we love them, at times just do not understand the time and effort that it takes to write a great article. Therefore, sometimes you will need to get them away, so that you will be able to get things done. You might want to ask the hubby to take the kids to the local zoo, or request that mom and your sisters visit the the shops, or have your friends go ahead on to dinner while you take a few hours to write. Of course if you have children, your primary concern is to make sure they are safe. So please only follow the previous advice if it is safe to do so.
Pick Your Times
Another simple and proven way to get more time in your day, is to simply get up an hour earlier, or go to bed an hour later. Even though it might be hard, slip out of that warm bed, and write for an hour or two before the family awakes, remembering that you can always nap later on. The same is true if you want to sleep in in the mornings, simply stay up an hour later at night and write. There could be times when you will need to go into a different room, or even outside if there is too much going on inside, to concentrate on writing.
The main thing is that you don’t let an unexpected situation get in the way of your writing, and meeting your publishers deadlines. Hopefully these tips will help while you are your way to a great writing career.