>Christmas vacation? NopePosted: December 16, 2008
>This morning I got the news that a friend may be dying. I don’t want to work. Praying and waiting by the phone and thinking “what if” takes most of my attention. The rest is occupied by the snowstorm that has left our area covered with snow and ice, plus the things I still need to do for Christmas. But as freelance writers, we have to keep going, no matter what. If we have deadlines, we must meet them. If we stop sending queries and manuscripts out in December, we’ll have no publications and no checks in January.
Actually the best way to use these crazy days is to turn them into articles. Publications may be short-staffed this month and welcome more freelance work than usual. Don’t miss the opportunity.
My friend Roy had open heart surgery yesterday. The doctors said he should have had it sooner, but he didn’t even know he had a problem until last week. Sunday he was still ushering at church. What symptoms should one look for? What are the risks of open heart surgery? What do the surgeons actually do? See, lots of story ideas.
As for the snow and ice, the obvious articles are about keeping warm, driving safely and not burning down the house with faulty heaters or poorly maintained fireplaces. Can you come up with some less obvious ideas? And of course, Christmas brings all kinds of things to mind, stories related to gifts, religion, family relations, travel, and so much more.
As freelance writers, we have the freedom to take whatever comes up in life and turn it into published articles. So, enjoy the holiday season, but keep the computer humming.