Thursday, June 12, 2008

Are you a hobby writer?

copyright Kim Smith 2008

Are you a hobby writer? What is that? Well, according to Merriam Webster, it is :
-- a pursuit outside one's regular occupation engaged in especially for relaxation--

I think I am a hobby writer to some extent. There is nothing more relaxing than sinking into a chair, pulling my laptop onto my lap, and tapping the keys for a few hours. The resulting work can be something funny, enlightening, freeing. No matter if I am writing about a young Elf looking for his identity, a woman from a different time looking for her missing husband, a mysterious man seeking revenge, or poetry, I am happy.

I remind myself as I work hard to promote my new "profession" as a published author, that the whole reason for doing what I do, and love to do, is because it is something relaxing. I believe the person who said "unpublished authors should enjoy their freedom, because once you are published it changes". Not in a bad way, just in a different way. No longer do you focus on story alone, but now must consider the audience who will read that story, and try to get it done under a deadline. Deadlines are anything BUT relaxing, but again, you just gotta love the process.

As summer really takes over my region of the world I realize how much I love the relaxation side of writing. My husband bought us a nice swing and we go out each evening and sit together and discuss our day and just relax. When he is otherwise occupied, I take the laptop there, and in the shade of my big tree, just let everything flow onto the page.

ahh! real relaxation. And to think, once I thought being a hobby writer meant you didn't get paid for it! ha! This is payment one could love for a lifetime.

So, if the world asks if you are a hobby writer, heartily tell them yes, you are. I know I will.


Marta Stephens said...

Interesting perspective. Does obsessed count as a hobbie? I'll admit, I get frustrated at times, but if I didn't love what I'm doing, I wouldn't be here.

Thanks for this!

s.w. vaughn said...

Too right, Kim. There is a certain freedom involved in writing only for your own relaxation and happiness.

Sometimes, even professional and aspiring professional writers need to step back and remember the love of writing. It's refreshing. :-)