on Jane Friedman site:
One of the most phenomenal (and underrated) parts of having a creative freelance career, like writing, is our ability to mold the job to our needs.
Need flexibility to pick up kids? You’ve got it.
Want to learn about poisons of the sixteen hundreds? No one is stopping you from researching for 72 hours straight.
We have ownership of our time and our projects. We also have the freedom to shut our work down and devote ourselves to some other aspect of our lives.
But sometimes shutdowns just happen. And even worse sometimes these unplanned shutdowns are due to hardcore life chaos. Maybe it’s the death of a loved one, dissolution of a partnership (romantic or business), or a house fire that stops your writing and everything else. What we think was a temporary shutdown ends up being a life-altering event, and we have to find a whole new way of existing in order to move forward.
So, what do you do when you’re faced with an unexpected shutdown? How do you stay true to your creative ambitions and still handle what life is throwing at you?
I struggled with that question for 16 months as my mom was dying.
Here’s what got me back on my writing track.