F is for Fatigue

FIf there’s one thing I know, it’s how easy it is for a freelance writer to become fatigued.

Part-time writers, especially those with other day jobs, try to fit in as many hours as possible after their other activities – striving to finish that novel or land one more client.

Full-time writers tend to feel like time not working is wasted time. I get it, I do. There is always something left to do.

But you need to set boundaries – for your health. You need to take a few hours off here or there. You need to go out into the world and interact with people. You need to – and can, and should – take a full day off from time to time.

Easier said than done, I know. I really, really know.

But if you don’t? First you get a little tired. Then you become totally fatigued. Then you’re irritable and no one wants to be around you. Your body suffers. Your blood pressure suffers. Your immune system shuffles.

Rest. It’s what the doctor ordered. Schedule it in if you have to. But make sure you get it.



  1. Will do!

  2. Very true! My ability to concentrate tends to suffer, too….which just turns me into a Super Grump.
    Good luck with the rest of the A to Z Challenge! :)

  3. Great advice. I’d add my two cents that not only is taking time off writing good for your health, but it’s also good for your family members and the health of your relationships.

  4. I think that’s a very important thing to keep in mind for anyone who sets their own work schedule (writers or otherwise). It’s so easy to say “just a bit more” but it’s equally easy to forget that in the long run, keeping yourself in good health pays for itself, so to say.

  5. Yes, agreed. I am a full time freelance writer (quit my job to do this) and there are days when I feel so guilty not doing any writing. It’s a viscious cycle and I am trying to deal with it every day

  6. DeborahDera says:

    Don’t beat yourself up. Do the best you can and keep your eye on your goals!

  7. DeborahDera says:

    Amen to that. Some days I know “I really need to finish this,” but the truth is that it will likely still be there waiting for me in the morning.

  8. DeborahDera says:

    So very true, Jessica!

  9. DeborahDera says:

    Oh, that’s true, too. I mean, sometimes you just have to do what you have to do, but your mood definitely does suffer for it! LOL

  10. I finally can rest now that I’m not babysitting a brand new puppy for my brother. I had him 12 days, and I was definitely, without a doubt, Fatigued with a capital “F”!! Ahh, nice to get back to normal now. :)

    Random Musings from the KristenHead — F is for ‘Fringe’ and ‘Firefly’: First-class Sci-fi Shows

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