Five or six years ago, I wrote a bunch of articles for a construction website. I probably don’t need to tell you I know nothing about the construction. The client paid well and they gave me plenty of material for research, but the work was dull, dull, dull. I perservered though it was one of the most boring freelance writing jobs I took on, ever. Many freelance writers are at a point in their career when they can pick and choose projects. However, plenty can’t afford to be so choosy.
This post is for them.
What happens when you’re not feeling a job and it seems to take an eternity to get through? The obvious answer is to plod on through and continue to give it your all, but that’s not really helpful, is it? Besides, if you want clients to recommend you to other potential client, seek you out for more rosy opportunities, and even agree to a pay raise, you can’t turn in lackluster work.
1. Worst is First
When I have projects I’m not feeling, I usually put those first. Knowing I have other work to get to encourages me to get it down. Also, the promise of a more attractive task is a beacon of light during a rather dismal moment. I don’t know if this is the same for you, but I’m less likely to procrastinate if I know I have other projects looming. Plus, once the worst is over, I know it’s easy coasting for the rest of the day.
2. Keep Your Eye on the Prize
Why did you take this project in the first place? Is it because of a byline or a paycheck? Is it because it’s a good opportunity that will help to pave the way for other good opportunities? Reminding yourself of the reasons behind the gig can serve as a motivator.
3. Plan a Reward
Reward yourself for completing an unattractive task. Enjoy a few chapters of a good book or sit out on the back deck and savor a cup of premium coffee. Buy a new song from iTunes or watch some guilt free TV. Rewarding yourself beyond the monetary compensation will help you get to the end.
Just because you’re not feeling a freelance writing job, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t get your best effort
We all take on freelance writing jobs we don’t dig, but again, that’s not our clients’ fault. Every gig we take on deserves our absolute best effort. Maybe if you find the topic boring, others will too. Think about ways you can spice it up and make it more interesting. Go beyond the usual Google search and see what kind of interesting facts or anecdotes to add in. Find a fun story or interview a person of interest. You have the power to make a dull topic something fun or discussion-worthy. The question is, are you up to the task?
How do you take a topic you’re not into and make it your own? What are your tips for getting through the dull gigs? I’d love to learn your thoughts in the comments.