Writing is NOT a Hobby?

It never ceases to amaze me how easy it is for me to abandon my writing to do something else — surf the social media sites, work on a bathroom remodel, write a presentation for an upcoming class, watch the news.  I have a wonderful new regimen for writing and it was working great, until I interrupted it with finishing my presentation for the class I am teaching in the fall.  Granted, the presentation needed to be finished, but during MY WRITING TIME set aside specifically for ME???????

I think I get so caught up in necessities and expectations that I sacrifice the one thing that means the most to me — my writing time.  So how is it that I can so easily give up my writing time to use for other purposes.  Well, if I knew that, I could stop it (couldn’t I?).  It makes me wonder whether writing is all that important to me after all.  How can I so easily sacrifice it to the banality of the day-to-day.

The reality of my writing life is that maybe, just maybe, I still don’t look at it as a career.  So often we are raised to believe that any artistic expression is a hobby, not a career.  As a hobby, it becomes secondary to the responsibilities of the day-to-day routine.  So I think I still have that in my mind, at the heart of the matter.  My writing, while I love it, is still a hobby to me and not a career.  So, how do I change that notion?  How do I reprogram my belief system to accommodate writing as a my career?  After all, I was a professional technical writer for most of my adult life.  Why is writing a novel any different? Hmmm.  I will have to ponder on that some.

 

-AH

Also posted on my other site at http://www.andreahunter313.wordpress.com.

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