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Summer is Having Its Way with My Writing Schedule

No matter how hard I try, summer is having its way with me. With the entire family home it’s been difficult to write.

After experiencing this writing slump (not totally self inflicted), I realize that I have to make a few changes in my writing strategy. Next year I’ll be prepared for the summer slump. My goal is to work like the dickens from September through June and write next to nothing during July and August.

Another Beauty of Residual Income

Since I’ve transitioned to full residual income with the occasional up front pay assignment, my monthly income shouldn’t be negatively affected during the summer month writing lull.

By pre-writing a few articles and blog posts during the months of September through June to be uploaded in July and August, there won’t be a total void in new material. I just won’t be as prolific as I was during the non summer months.

Living and Learning

Although I’ve been doing this freelance writing thing for a couple of years now (left my part-time job on February 9, 2007 to pursue full-time schedulefreelance writing), I still have a bit of the cubicle mentality tucked in the far reaches of my brain. I’ve got to realize that I’m in control of what I write and when I write. If I don’t want write in the summer, I really don’t have to. It’s up to me to make it happen that way.

Lesson Learned

It is possible to have your cake and eat it too.

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  • Heather July 25, 2009, 5:31 pm


    I hear ya! Summer is always a challenge for my writing. Last summer, I essentially gave up and lost some accounts.

    This summer has been better. I try to force myself to keep the morning schedule I have when the kids are in school. I still get up at 7 a.m., make the coffee, check the email, get dressed, and start writing.

    I write until 11:30-12, or until I’m cooked.

    Some days work better than others, but, for the most part, the schedule works. The kids know they have to occupy themselves until lunch. The afternoons are reserved for swimming, going to park, or whatever.

    Good Luck!


  • Melissa August 17, 2009, 3:38 pm

    Felicia –
    I just stumbled upon this site while waiting for the Demand Studios server to come back up – I have found a LOT of great information on your site. I started out writing with my own kind of dumb blog then moved onto AC, found Textbroker and DS (and others that I haven’t paid attention to). You have so much great stuff on here and I wish I had seen it sooner but then I agree that I particularly have had a difficult time with summer writing so maybe I wouldn’t have had time yet – especially since I live in an area with record heat this summer and I cannot send my 3 kids outside!

    Thanks for the good ideas – and tips about residuals….never thought of that – have been focusing only on the upfront payment but the summer sure has been tough!

    School starts soon so hopefully I will be back to work but I will be sure and peruse your entire site for tips!


    • Felicia August 17, 2009, 3:57 pm

      Welcome to NJFM, Melissa.

      Hopefully you’ll find a thing or two that will help you in your freelance writing career.

      I guess I should thank Demand Studios for being down if that’s how you managed to land here. 😀

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