There are so many myths about the sort of hours a freelance writer might put in. All of them are false, although they may have elements of truth, because no writer holds the same sort of hours as any other.*
A lot of freelance writers work part-time, after work, before work or during work. Others juggle responsibilities like children with working from home. Some writers don’t even want to come close to forty hours if they know that they only need to earn a certain amount to comfortably support themselves.
Then there are people like me. I try pretty hard to put in eight hours of concentrated working time during the day, and then wind up spending half the evening working on various projects. I’m not very good at drawing a line between work time and anything else. I manage though. I don’t feel too stressed or overworked.
How about you? How many hours do you feel you need to work during a given day? And how do you separate work time from play time?
*And some writers don’t even hold the same hours as themselves from week to week.