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Parallel work: What to do when the words won’t come

You can't write all day, every day. Here are 11 activities to help you shake things up without losing any momentum.

Parallel Work- Chores
Taking care of household chores helps you accomplish something. Even if it’s not writing.

I can’t write every day. Writing is hard. It’s thankless. Only a few good hours exist to crank out quality sentences – usually on the day the electric bill is due or when the internet is on the fritz.

Since freelance writing is a business, what you do daily should improve the business. Writing is part of that, of course, but it’s a solitary, personal endeavor – what’s on the page comes from you. Some distance is crucial. Enter the important concept of parallel work, a phrase I first heard from my writer pal A.C. Shilton, which buoys your personal and professional self. 

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