When you're having a down period when new freelance writing projects haven't been available, you may start to think there won't be anymore. It becomes one of those tiny "panic" moments. I think I was having one of those recently. I've written about diversifying your income when the work suddenly dries up. I've also mentioned what you could do in between gigs. I did this to help those who get discouraged enough that they think about throwing in the towel and finding another source of income. I also did it spur myself to action rather giving in to a moment of self-doubt.
Yet, there is some light at the end of that tunnel.
You may have spent time bidding on work, reopening lines of communication you haven't used a while. You may even get a little help from colleagues who want to help you succeed to as a self-employed freelance writer. It's been a mix of those factors for me over the last few days. It's amazing how quickly you can go from having a full schedule of work to nothing at all for weeks on end - especially when you've been used a steady diet of work provided by others on your behalf.
It may be that you've taken the road of diversification and it seems to be paying off in some small ways, or maybe in some very big ways. For me, it may just enough to pay the mortgage next month. That's good enough for me at this point.
It might be different for you. You may have less riding on your freelance efforts. Still, if you want to be considered a successful freelancer, you're probably looking for a way to keep up a steady income as much as possible.
I'm right there with you. If you have new work, friends, then get busy doing it. I know I will.