Taking a break from writing today

@Canellita (12059)
United States
January 26, 2011 3:31pm CST
How is everyone doing with their online writing? I have been working so much recently that I have had time for nothing else. It's good to be able to earn money, but my last assignments completely took over my life! I decided to take a few days off to let my brain rest and get some cleaning and other things done around the house. My friends often want to socialize and I have to tell them (repeatedly) I am not free to pick up and go out every other day of the week. Besides, I don't really want to. I plan outings for a meetup group I organize at least once per month and I help organize a monthly networking event for women and that is plenty socializing for me. I know a lot of people who are single or who have moved here from out of town and don't have families here. When holidays come up they always want to do things and of course I spend that time with my family. After my last job came to an end and I decided to try and write full-time, I made the decision to go without a lot of extras for a while, something else none of these people seem to understand. I am on a very strict budget and my spending money is extremely limited. The thing is though, like most creative people, I would rather stay home most of the time working on some kind of art or writing. How about the rest of you?
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@mommaj (22743)
• United States
26 Jan 11
I have been taking a break from writing for a while now. December I even quit working out. I went to the schools a lot for Christmas activities. December 24th my grandfather passed away. He was extremely important to me and I miss him a lot. Since then, I have been busy with the kids and cleaning. The weather has been so unpredictable. Today I thought it was supposed to get warmer than what it started and the temperature actually fell. I took my kids clothes and by the end of the day the temperature went back up. LOL Just my luck. I know what you mean about people acting like money isn't an issue. They just expect you to spend as carefree as they do. Some of those people wait until "tomorrow" to worry about why they cannot pay their bills. Makes you wonder. Glad to hear you have been busy writing. I know that is what you wanted to do as a job so I hope it works out.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
28 Jan 11
Oh no, I'm sorry! You didn't tell me about your grandfather! How are the kids getting on at school? I was wondering what you've been up to! You could benefit from the same writing assignments if you're interested.
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@scheng1 (24850)
• Singapore
1 Feb 11
Ah Mommaj hiding here! Sorry to hear about your grandfather! I hope he had a long and enjoyable life. I wonder if he knew how to play mahjong. He can find my grandfather and play mahjong in heaven oh! I think you have mastered the secret of changing the weather pattern! Whenever you start to wash laundry, the sky darkens, and starts to pour. If you never wash anything, the sun shines whole day! Please do not hose your cave with water, otherwise you will create a flood.
@mommaj (22743)
• United States
2 Feb 11
HEHE. I thought I was safe here by hiding with Canellita. Maybe I should go wash the cave out... Isn't that laundry thing some type of proverb? If not you should coin it. Thanks schengs. My grandfather was one of those people that adjusted to the way things are and not to how they were. He even learned to play a few games on the computer. I miss him terribly.
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
26 Jan 11
Hello, Canellita. I'm with you all the way there - on the money side and the creative angle. I've been away from home caring for a friend who has had major surgery for a couple of weeks, and, while I've managed to produce a few articles, I haven't done as much writing as I'd have liked. It was my own decision to care for my friend, and I'm glad I did, because she certainly needed support, but in one way I resented the fact that my writing routine was disrupted, and my earnings inevitably suffered. When my friend's very naughty grandson managed to access - and lose - my memory stick with my writing records for the time I was away, that put the lid on it. I can work back and retrieve the information, but it will take away valuable writing time. On top of that, I've just taken up Channel Manager duties at Helium, and I want to get stuck into that as well, so like you, I want to work rather than socialise at the moment. Even other creative people don't seem to understand what makes writers tick. My husband refers to my writing time as 'messing about on the computer,' though he's very grateful for the extra income, and tells everyone who'll listen that he's proud of my writing achievements. Other friends and relatives ask if I'd rather be doing something else with my time. The answer is a definite 'No.' To be paid for doing what you love to do is the greatest privilege.
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
28 Jan 11
People are amazing. As if you would spend all those hours in front the computer if you didn't want to! The other thing they don't understand is how finite the situation is. You can only sit so long before your knees and your back or your wrist start giving you grief. Congrats on becoming a CM! Which channel are you over?
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• Spain
28 Jan 11
Hello again. I'm lucky because I have a special chair which is designed for people with disabilities - you can adjust it in about 20 different ways. It cost a frightening amount of money at the time, but I've had it for 12 years, and it's still as good as new, and it means I can write for as long as I want to. Yesterday, I must have spent a full working day there, because I wrote 4 articles, had a look what was going on in the forums, and spent some time grading articles and contacting authors. I have almost 900 ungraded articles on the channel - which is William Shakespeare by the way - and some of them are absolutely dire. They're obviously from the old upfront system, and were written for payment rather than love of the subject. On the plus side, there are some really great articles over there as well. It's a bit scary, but I'm looking forward to the challenge of attracting more writers. Most people are scared of Shakespeare, and there's no need to be.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
29 Jan 11
At least you only have one subchannel to grade in. I have thousands of ungraded articles! I really need to spend time working on my rating stars as I am down to three, but there just isn't enough time for everything. There are a lot of old articles, but that is something to discuss further away from myLot. I have a lot of 1 of 1 articles because of the new system so now my writing score keeps dipping. I've identified a batch of competitive titles to see if I can boost it back up. I also need more channel managers...
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@timhinyy (1653)
• United States
27 Jan 11
the only writing of any kind I do is on here and that has been very little as of late been trying to get on and do a little the last few days. I would rather to stay home and relax and do my work on the computer, but I never seem to get to do that too often always so busy here helping with my parents stuff like that I have really lost touch with some of my friends online, but I'm hoping to have some more free time soon to reconnect with some of them as I do miss having the time to interact with them. today was a nice day I got to stay home and relax, because it is snowing looks like we will get a few inches tonight which is fine I would much rather that to the bitter cold we had been getting at least everything doesn't freeze then. I am the same way where I really have to watch my spending as I only have so much coming in, but I have found a new opportunity to make money and I'm hoping that works out as it would be nice to have a more steady pay coming in. nice to see you on here hope to catch up with you soon
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
28 Jan 11
Yeah, I decided to take a few days off, but I may take some work tomorrow. I am using Chrome now so I am not automatically signed in to AIM anymore. Maybe we'll catch up on Facebook.
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@Catana (736)
• United States
26 Jan 11
I didn't plan to take a break from writing today, but I wound up doing it anyway. Sometimes, you just get distracted by other things. I should have been finishing the last couple of chapters of my NaNoWriMo novel, and doing the final revision on another novel. I need to start getting my stories published (as ebooks) so I can earn some money.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
28 Jan 11
I am constantly being distracted by other things -- and people! That is why I have taken to turning off the phone ringers and not even watching TV to get the news. Once something disrupts your thoughts you can't always get back on track.
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@maclanis (1508)
• Belgium
26 Jan 11
I haven't been writing as much online as I wanted to actually... I write articles for Triond, and I have only submitted two of them this month. I have been quite busy with other stuff, so hopefully I will be able to write more next month. :) There is probably going to be another Special, so that should get me motivated! Taking a few days off is definitely a good idea, it helps you take your mind off things, and then you're ready to pick things back up.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
28 Jan 11
Another special? The writing I was working on recently took up so much time I wasn't able to do anything else, but you have to take the work when it's there, right?
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@dodo19 (29176)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
26 Jan 11
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to do some of my writing. I've been busy with school, and has been taking up time. I haven't had much time for that. Although I really do want to try and make more time.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
28 Jan 11
Maybe you should use a journal. You can record your thoughts and write about them later.
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@ladygator (3469)
• United States
26 Jan 11
My writing online flows and wanes. There are days that I write a whole bunch and days that my motivation is down so my writing is the same. It depends on how tired I am since when I am feeling very lethargic my writing is not as good.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
28 Jan 11
The writing I have been doing lately is not the kind where you get creative, more like just telling the facts. The problem was there were not always enough facts to fill the required word count so then it would mean hours of extra research and trying to make nothing look like something.
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@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
26 Jan 11
its good now and then to take a break from writing to keep your ideas flowing.i am like you though, i find that sometimes i am wasting time when i am not at my computer.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
28 Jan 11
As long as I am doing something productive it's fine. A couple weeks ago I got in a cleaning frenzy and didn't want to stop. You have to take advantage of the momentum while you have it!
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@scheng1 (24850)
• Singapore
27 Jan 11
Hi Canellita, I think you should schedule time for a break in your writing schedule. Nobody can write continuously for a few months without resting. Maybe you can use Mylot as a place to rest and refresh before you start writing again. At least you will not feel like wasting effort since you can earn a few cents per visit. Your friends will not understand writing for long term passive income, since most of them have active income instead of passive income. Maybe you can get them to organize the social gathering instead. It is easier to attend a social function than to organize the function.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
28 Jan 11
Hi scheng! How is your writing coming along? I have actually been writing articles for upfront pay and haven't had much time for the passive income stuff. I am taking a few days from that and I may post some other articles for passive income before I start up again. My friends are not asking me to organize; because of the things I organize I know a lot of people and they always want to go out more to do things that I do not have time for. It isn't just the time. Much of what they want to do is of no interest to me.
@scheng1 (24850)
• Singapore
28 Jan 11
Hi Canellita, since we were both so busy, Mommaj took it as an opportunity to create havoc around the world. I think it is time for us to chain her up, and make her write. At her rate of just one or two articles per month, she really has too much time on hand. Are you getting assignments online or offline? Some writers manage to make enough to pay bills by writing for Textbrokers.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
29 Jan 11
I am getting assignments online. I have not pursued assignments offline in a very long time, though it would be nice since those assignments pay more. Write now I am very happy with my earnings so I am content with the way things are for the next few months. I would like to be able to spend a little more time with my blogs and develop them further, but I am not quite that organized yet.
@ElicBxn (60390)
• United States
27 Jan 11
Or just read, that works for me!
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
28 Jan 11
Reading has become such a luxury for me. I used to do it so much and now if I read a book a year...
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@ElicBxn (60390)
• United States
28 Jan 11
I know what you mean, the crafting has taken second place to the computer and the books behind that! so, lately I've been reading at my desk and when I get fed up with being behind on mylot, I just delete the lot of notifications and start afresh!
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
29 Jan 11
I haven't been on myLot in so long I couldn't say what my last payout was! After this little break I probably won't have a chance to get back on for a while again.
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• United States
28 Jan 11
I totally understand your need to re-group and your time and money being limited. Like you, I'd much rather be creating than socializing, even when I could afford to do so. As for not writing... I write every single day, even if it's not shared with anyone at the moment. I've probably missed a dozen days in the last 2 years, not bad. I just wish I had more hours in a day to write and more publishing for income opportunities to go along with the effort.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
28 Jan 11
I suppose that in a sense I write everyday as well since correspondence is considered writing and I often spend more time than I should on lengthy personal emails that could themselves be articles. One thing I would like to get back to though is reflective writing. Even a few minutes a day is beneficial.
• United States
28 Jan 11
I so agree with you about the reflective writing. I do a lot of journal and gratitude journal writing and really should be turning these into lengthy articles to share.
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• United States
16 Mar 11
I wish I had the time (and energy) to take a writing course now and again. I know it would be helpful in many ways. I want to apologize for taking so long to say Thank You for the best response. I started a new job 2 weeks ago and I am behind online in everything! I'm not complaining, as I've been unemployed for far too long. It's just tough getting used to that nasty alarm clock all over again!
@koikei (207)
• Philippines
27 Jan 11
greetings! once in a while, we all need to recharge to get those creative juices flowing again. you deserve that break. by the way, may i ask, how do you get those online writing assignments?
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
28 Jan 11
The writing assignments are through one of the websites I post my articles on. Do you write online?
@koikei (207)
• Philippines
28 Jan 11
nope, i haven't tried that yet, but i'm interested. would you know where i can start my online writing career? :)
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
29 Jan 11
It depends on the type of writing and if you want to do it out of pleasure or for income. There are a number of sites where it is easy to post almost any kind of writing and the pay ranges from nothing on up to $100 or more. Since you're starting out you could create a blog and/or submit articles to a passive income site. Knowing which site would be best will depend on where you live and what kind of writing you do.
• Indonesia
28 Jan 11
Well, I actually have to take a break from writing every once in a while. I don't belong to people who can write 10 article a day , so I really need tome to write one. After take a break for a while, I can feel that it refresh the ideas in my head and make me ready to write again. There are times when I don't write anything at all for the whole month. But it affects my earnings, so if I want to take some time off, I will make sure it wouldn't be too long that it cause my earnings to dip.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
29 Jan 11
On my best day I've managed to turn out 5 articles. However, none of them required any research and were very easy to produce. I think 10 a day is too many, unless they are very short. With online publishing it usually isn't enough just to write them; you have to also spend time tweeting and promoting them.
• United States
28 Jan 11
I am only part time/freelance writing so it is not that hard. I have taken a week break and need to get back into it. It earns me more money than posting on forums but it requires more creativity and thought.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
29 Jan 11
I have been writing for a very long time. It's something I am good at and comes naturally. The past two weeks my writing required many hours of research and stretching my imagination in a different way. It was very stressful, but I got it done and payday is coming soon!
• United States
28 Jan 11
Wow, where do I start? LOL For one, I'm taking the semester off. I have one more class to get my bus. mgmt. certificate and they won't have the final class until Fall 2011. In the meantime, I've been taking non-credit writing classes with Universal. I recommend them over Ed2Go or other online continuing ed. courses. It's crazy because just as I was finishing the tail end of my term paper, I got a lot of work from oDesk (haven't worked for them in almost a year), another long-term assignment came up and sometimes keeping up one blog is enough (I have two). But in the past week, it has been pretty slow. I'm concerned and relieved at the same time but hopefully these classes will pay off. I'm itching to get out of the house. TGIF -------------------------------------------- Have you ever heard of Hope Clark? No, I don't work for her but she does have a lot of writing leads and $2 Tweetbooks (PDF) in Funds For Writers website. There is no obligation once you sign up for free weekly leads. Also, her writing journey sounds similar to yours. Maybe check her out during slow periods.
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
29 Jan 11
I'll keep that in mind should a slow period arise.
@NoWayRo (1063)
• Romania
27 Jan 11
I take a mandatory break from writing every Sunday - that day is for cooking, doing the laundry, other domestic activities - and, yes, spending time with friends, finally. I do understand you, perfectly. I have a day job, a family to take care of, and I'd really like to do some writing of my own every now and then... but that's not possible if people push me to go out every evening. And my friends have this weird idea that, if I stay home to write, I should produce something brilliant, and they don't hold back when they express their disappointment. I wish I could be brilliant for them in everything I write, but I think that's what friends are for, to stick around and read the early junk, so I can thank them for their support when I publish my first real book.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
28 Jan 11
I think your friends are for socializing and being around for fun. Some friends have the ability to listen when you really need it or give advice and support, but they are more rare than not. Connecting with other writers via means like this seems a lot more supportive to me. It's also a good way to share resources. When you want feedback on your writing you need other writers, or even editors. They can point out things "regular" people can't.
• United States
27 Jan 11
I know exactly what you mean! I had looked at all the online work (of which writing is a major part) today and thought that I probably need to take a break. I also write for my business/ministry so I keep busy writing! So many projects! I probably need to take a day off and not do any work and do something like clean or read!
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
28 Jan 11
There never seems to be enough time for everything does there? If you get behind on just one task it throws everything else out of whack.
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@raynejasper (2326)
• Philippines
27 Jan 11
..hi.. I'm interested with the online writing jobs. Can you refer me to those sites that you use? I'm using triond and bukisa but they don't seem to work out for me. The rate is not that high and it takes much much articles before I reach the payout. I'd like to stay at home and take care of my baby while I do online writing if possible. Please help me.. Thank you..
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
28 Jan 11
You will never find an online writing job that pays you the high rate that you want. The only way to make that kind of money from writing is to have a real job at a company. Only very good writers who have a professional reputation can command more than a few dollars here and there for their writing. If you have a portfolio of articles online that shows examples of your writing you should use it to help you get writing jobs. Every writer is different, and while some sites work well for one person they may not for another. Some sites are only available to writers in certain countries. I would have to have more information in order to give you advice.
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@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
27 Jan 11
I understand completely where you are coming from Canellita - I feel exactly the same. My friends think I am anti-social because I don't accept their invitations to go out and have a "coffee", or have a look round the shops. For one thing I can't afford it, and to tell you the truth, I just feel it is a waste of time when I could be at home doing some writing and earning from it. They think I am just "messing around on the computer", and not many of them support my writing by looking at my articles or commenting on them. Ah well . . . that's how it goes sometimes. However,I haven't done much writing lately as we are still recovering from the floods in Queensland so there has been a lot of cleaning up to do and helping friends and strangers get back to a normal life. It seems like it's taking forever but we'll get there. Taking a break from writing is good anyway, it re-vitalizes the brain! Hopefully I will come back into my writing with fresh thoughts!
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
28 Jan 11
I haven't been keeping up with the news for a while so you'll have to excuse me when I ask, what floods? It's sad, but some days I have to keep asking myself "what day is it?" I have been shut up in the house for about a week, but I am too tired to go out. I was staying up all night researching and not getting much rest so now I don't really want to do much of anything. Of course, there is plenty of cleaning and other things... I have had to shut off the telephone and TV just to get the work done, especially in the past few weeks. That "messing around on the computer" thing really irks me. I remember talking to someone about something and when they asked me how I knew about it another person said "she spends a lot of time on the Internet" as if I know nothing about anything by myself. (All those years of reading and going to school didn't do anything.) Good luck with the cleanup!
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@sblossom (2170)
12 Feb 11
Hi, I'm glad you can spend your time on your favorite things now. I understand what you said, however I haven't done like that. Every day I just can write a little and I don't feel satisfied for it. Before I write i feel confident with my English. but when I start i feel my english is not good enough for writing. So I don't have high expectation for me now. I try to walk before I can run. So i can't find an excuse to stop writing for fun. have a good weekend.
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
13 Feb 11
Hi Blossom! There's nothing wrong with writing for fun; the difference between us is that English is my first language and I have been a writer a very long time. No one says that you have to do your writing in English, however. I am sure there are opportunities for you to so something with writing in your own language.