The world of a writer isn’t all total glitz and glam. In fact, it’s often the complete opposite. There’s loads of stresses, strains and glitches that take you by surprise on an almost hourly basis! Take a look at our list of 5 problems every writer can associate with.
Ideas, What Ideas?
One day you’ll have some awesome ideas, the next – blank. It can be so frustrating, too, to have your mind go completely blank. Especially if you have a deadline or piece of work you need finishing. See; Friday afternoons, Monday mornings or days when you’re stuck in the house. You won’t be the first and you won’t be the last person to have this happen, so make sure you’re ready to spend some painful days and some sleepless nights frustrated out of your mind!
Want to Sleep? That’s When the Ideas Flow
If you haven’t been laid up in bed after a long day in the office or found your next mind-blowing idea fire into your head just as you’re about to doze off, then you’re one in a million. Ideas are attracted to whenever you’re about to go to bed, and they’ll keep you up at night, whether you want it or not. You’re best to just write the idea down and try and forget about it. Which is something that is a lot harder said than done.
Days and Days of Back Pain
By the time you’ve been writing for a few months, your posture will be completely and utterly ruined. Slumping, slouching and laying on your bed will become the downfall of your back. And it will really hurt. A few ideas: make sure you’re taking breaks, stand up straight, or even get a brace for your back. This will pull your back into a decent position and help improve both strength and posture.
Last Minute Change of Plans
This is so common in our profession, but making sure your plans are flexible and can change is such an important part of writing. Your clients may change work around, cancel it or ask you to do extra. This is a must for new writers or old, and will make you so much more attractive a partner than anyone who doesn’t. So, make sure you’re ready and available at all times, it will help improve your chances or more work and better jobs!
Laptop computers are such fantastic machines, but when they go down and you’ve got nothing to replace it, it’s time to panic. It’s always best to have a spare laptop available at all times, and while this needs to function as your main one does, it doesn’t need to cost a fortune. So, invest in something quick, cheap and handy. Because you will need it when you least expect it.
Each and every writer will have experienced some of these problems, but they also need to be ready to adapt in an attempt to grow as an attractive client and good writer, so make sure you’re aware of these pitfalls!