I’m going to use a week in January as a “fallow period”—what I call the down time in between major projects. I wait till I have nothing on my plate, and no deadlines, and then I orchestrate a mini-retreat for myself. I get into nature for a few days, exercise a lot, sit silently, read, and let myself wander back to my creative center. Such time is especially important for a freelancer, because without it you can just hurtle from one thing to another, rarely coming up for air, and long terms goals or creative dreams can get fuzzy or forgotten. If you, too, are thinking about ways to make a fresh start in the 2017, and especially if you are pondering a leap into freelancing or seeking ways to revamp your writing business—here’s an article for you. It’s in the December 2016 issue of The Writer magazine, “Freelance 101: How to survive (and thrive) as a freelancer.” I tried to load it with tips and will add a link as soon as it gets posted on the magazine’s Web site. Here some other resources for those committed to the daunting but satisfying freelance life: - “5 Common Mistakes You Should Avoid as a Freelance Writer” The article is a tad confusing, because it focuses on what not to do, but I generally agree with the points. - “5 Tips for Succeeding as a Freelance Writer in a Rural Community” - Revisit previous posts on setting up your dream office and balancing risk, freedom, and discipline. How do you stay creative and also stay afloat financially? Please share your thoughts.