The holiday season is an interesting time for many freelance writers. For some, it’s a seasonal work-fest as they take on jobs other freelancers turned down in favor of spending extra time shopping or with family. For others it’s stressful as they try to meet their deadlines.
Freelance writing during the holidays was often difficult for me as my son was home plus I always went to away for a few days to spend some time with my sisters and brothers. I traveled with my laptop a lot! I tried to find solutions for keeping my son occupied but that only meant writing around a bunch of screaming kids, refereeing arguments, spending more time on craft projects than work, staying up late or rising at the crack of dawn to complete assignments, and driving back and forth to playdates, birthday parties and other events. To me, it was usually worth it to miss out on the pay in favor of a lighter workload.
How do you freelance during the holidays? Do you step it up to take advantage of the extra work or do you slow it down in favor of holiday things?