Too Much Alone Time

Too Much Alone Time? Reconnect.

I came across an interesting article in the About Freelance Writing site and they gave me an idea about my next article. The article was about a freelance writer’s support system and how we oftentimes isolate ourselves from the world.

Believe it or not, work from home can sometimes be very boring. I am an extrovert and you can just imagine how I’ve struggled at first to come to terms with working alone at home. As much as I love what I do right now (and I still refuse to work elsewhere) I oftentimes find myself missing the moments I can just turn my chair around to talk to a colleague from the cubicle beside me.

So what do you do when you find yourself with too much alone time?

Tips to Avoid Too Much Alone Time

Befriend your Co-Workers
I do crave intellectual conversations now and then. It is probably why I find myself chatting with my favourite employers. Some of them are really chatty and I love the fact that they share tidbits of their personal life with me. While keeping things professional is still imperative, it is nice to have friends from across the oceans. My Australian employers are quite dear to me because they are not only great clients, they are also very friendly. These cordial relationships encourage me to work harder so as not to disappoint them.

If you are part of a team, get to know them. You don’t have to be instant BFFs but it helps to keep things friendly with them.

Too Much Alone Time

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Take a Break
This is the tip that I often use. I stand up, play with my son or call someone on the phone. It is usually my husband that I talk to because most of my friends are busy at work as well. Sometimes, I go outside with my son to chat with the relatives living next door. There is nothing like real-time human conversation to keep me from getting bored throughout the day.

Make Time for your Social Life
A popular misconception about working at home is we have time in our hands. What people don’t know is that particular arrangement comes later when you have established your business. Before that, we are driven to work long hours because we want to earn more. No work means literally no pay when you work for yourself. This is why some work from home people tend to forget about their social lives. This is a big NO-NO. It is always good to reward yourself every now and then by meeting up with friends and reconnecting.

My friends can attest to the fact that I am the most enthusiastic among the group when there is a hint of a social gathering in the near future. In fact, I am usually one of the first people to arrive in every meeting place. I also love having friends over. I practically beg them to have dinner here and I am the most willing cook that you can find. That’s probably a sign that I need to reconnect more often, don’t you think?

What about you? Are you having too much alone time?

Writing Tips Writing for Readers

Writing Tips: Writing for Readers

Of all the writing tips that I have come across, I realized that there is one rule that stands above it all – writing for your readers.

This is where you will see the difference between a great writer and a niche expert. A niche expert is someone who is good at a particular field. They are knowledgeable of a particular subject but that does not necessarily mean they have the talent to share that through words.

Sometimes geniuses and experts have great ideas but they get lost in all those thoughts and concepts. Some of them can get too technical and when they do, readers can hardly understand what they are talking about.

If you are a writer, one of the writing tips that you will receive is this: your first priority is to send a message across. This is where writing for your readers becomes a priority too. When you know who you are writing for, everything else follows: your grammar, writing style, sentence construction, etc. Your written piece is your channel to send that message.

Writing Tips Writing for Readers

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How to Write for your Readers

To accomplish that, here is a list of writing tips that I believe could help you write for your readers.

Know who will read your piece. Before writing, know who will read it first. For instance, I used to write for an Internet Marketing site. Their primary target market included people who had next to nothing knowledge about the IM niche. So what I did was to write in a tone that newcomer will understand. If I used technical terms, I often included a brief description of what it is about or I had a link ready for them so they can explore the meaning of the terms further.

Anticipate what your readers want to know. This is one of the writing tips that I always put into practice as an online writer. Users browse the Internet looking for information. If you cater to a specific niche, find out what they are most likely interested to learn. This actually helps me come up with topics for my employers.

Structure your article so the reader is encouraged to finish. Most Internet users are usually in a hurry. The web is a huge library of information and a lot of users read through the first two paragraphs before deciding if an article holds what they need. If they are your intended reader, make sure your first few paragraphs are informative. Or if you have children as your target, inject stories as examples throughout your article. That should keep their attention to what you are trying to say.

I believe that writing is an art but they should have different goals compared to artists. An artist expresses through their respective art form. They use their own unique way of translating emotions and messages then they leave it to the spectator to translate it in their own way.

A writer should not have the same notion. When you write, you need to make sure your readers will understand the message exactly as you mean it. If your readers fail to understand, then you fail as a writer.

I hope my writing tips helped you in some way. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with me through the comment box. I’d love to hear from you.