How to Return to Freelance Writing After a Break Part 1.

Melissa Dawn By Melissa Dawn, 23rd Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This is step one in a series of how to return to freelance writing after a break. Returning to writing web content online takes some diligence and organization, especially if you haven't been writing for awhile.


Freelance writing offers a lucrative and creative alternative to the traditional nine-to-five grind. Many writers wonder how to return to freelance writing after a break as writing websites are constantly changing. What may have worked for you before, may not work now, as content websites close or change their policies and requirements. Your technical skills may need updating, along with contacts and social media profiles.

Where You Were as Opposed to Where You Want to Be

If it has been a while since you last wrote on-line, the first part of your plan is to take stock as to where you were in your freelance career before taking a break, and where you want to end up this year. Don’t try and plan out your whole writing career; this can be too daunting a task after taking a break from freelancing. Instead, take baby steps to re-gain ground, and re-start your writing career.

Check Existing Work on Content Sites

If you previously wrote for page hit sites, the first thing to do is check on your websites. Many sites are closing or merging with other writing platforms. Check your existing work for whether you can re-use it for a new site like wikinut, or if you can re-use it for a blog, or even sell individual articles on places like

Before I took a break from writing in 2013, I had almost four hundred articles, short stories and pieces of fiction on the now defunct Luckily, I was able to remove them before the website closed its doors. I downloaded articles that were still up to date, and put them on a flash drive to be re-worked at a later date. I put short stories and flash fiction under a different file, to potentially use them as a collection of short stories, or to enter them in competitions.

Check for Overdue Payments and Update Profile

In my case I was due one last payment from helium, I requested it and received it. If your paypal address has changed, you may have to notify former websites and re-request payment. I had one page hit site refuse; they stated that too much time had elapsed since I had written for them for me to receive payment.

Re-joining and participating in online writing websites means you may need to update your profile. Remove any irrelevant and out-dated information, and any outdated links. Put up a new profile picture and get ready to contribute!

What Have You Learned While on Hiatus

Many writers, including myself like to write about their interests; world events; news stories and fiction pieces. Do you have notebooks or journals filled with article titles and notes about stuff you want to write about? Sit down and make a detailed list; I did and came up with over thirty article titles I immediately wanted to write about, for Wikinut.

I looked for a theme, and began grouping my article ideas. I then determined which ones I could write quickly, and which ones would require some research. One of my goals is to have one hundred and ten articles by April 15, 2015. With family and other work commitments, I plan on writing my comedy pieces at night as they come easier to me and informative articles during the day.

Making a Writing Plan

Everyone returning to writing after a break will have a different plan. Can you write for an hour or several hours a day? Or do you want to plan by the article? Several writers I know like to write in a circular pattern; they will write about similar subjects with the goal being to do five or more a day. Whatever method you choose, make sure you can write in a quiet place in your house free from distractions.


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I have been writing ever since I can remember, and currently focus my attention on articles, how to guides and e-books. Check out my group e-book at

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
23rd Mar 2015 (#)

Yes if a person has changed their paypal or e-mail information they must go back and check their profile and settings to make sure they update those with the new changes.

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author avatar brendamarie
23rd Mar 2015 (#)

Welcome back to the writing world. Good luck with everything that you do.

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author avatar Retired
23rd Mar 2015 (#)

Good tips! Thanks for the share

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author avatar Shamarie
23rd Mar 2015 (#)

Very informative, Melissa, thanks for sharing!

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author avatar Retired
23rd Mar 2015 (#)

For the pocket change they pay us here, it is not worth the time it would take to notify them of the missing payment.

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author avatar Carol Roach
23rd Mar 2015 (#)

I have never taken a break from writing really. But I have had to slow down in times of burnout.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
24th Mar 2015 (#)

One thing that is important is to regularly update your bio for each site, make it say something new, something exciting - even if you are simply re-ordering the existing words. I go through a cycle of doing this.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
28th Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing your article and tips.

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author avatar Retired
3rd Apr 2015 (#)

You've given some good advice here. It seems every month we learn a new writing site has closed. Everyone is scrabbling to find a new primary writing home. I personally wonder if investing much time in any writing site is worth it in the long run. Seems smarter to spend the most time on one's own sites, and use the content sites for relaxation and trying new things. I love your humorous writing and hope you continue to do a lot of it.

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author avatar Songbird B
12th Aug 2016 (#)

Really good advice and tips in this article Melissa..I had taken a break for a while, and now have to update myself too. It's amazing how quickly the old grey matter Thanks for sharing such such an informative article my friend. xxxx \0/

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