Talk back: Is your writing a job or your hobby?

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So today I’m asking you a very simple question: how do you consider your writing, like a job? Or a hobby?

My writing is actually a hobby for me. Shocking? Well there are all kinds of hobby isn’t there? And mine is more of the marathon runner kind instead of the week-end photography kind. I’m pretty obsessive about it and I practice writing every day.

The truth is, it’s when I started writing as a job that all things went pear shape for me…

Because I was so scared of it, it all started as a hobby. But then I joined writers groups where I learned that to be successful I had to treat it like a job. So I did and it worked. I sold my first manuscript to a NY publisher very quickly. And I worked at my writing job daily: 8-10 hours a day. The problem was that even though I worked the hours, the money just wasn’t there. Definitely not enough to support a family of 4 in Seattle in this uncertain economy.

My new job made my family very nervous.

So stress started piling up and words were now preceded with dollar signs and I just lost myself as a writer.

So I went back to school and now have a regular day job. And writing is done before and after work. I tell my family that my writing is my hobby. I do it everyday and very seriously but the “hobby” label make them breathe easier.

I found my happy writing place.

So what is yours? Do you need to treat your writing as a job to get respect at home and motivated? Or has it backfired on you? What is your experience?

Much love,
Marie-Claude xoxox

Location:Seattle

13 Responses to Talk back: Is your writing a job or your hobby?

  1. Writing is my job, even though I’m not making any money right now.

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  2. What started out as a hobby of sorts has turned into a full-time job especially with marketing via social media. Like you I think I need to return to less stressful term of “hobby” but for my own relief and rejuvenation rather than my family’s benefit, lol!

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  3. jbrayweber says:

    I treat it as my job, with flexible hours. But I have to divvy up my time between my writing, editing, and other author maintenance.

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  4. Ellie Saxx says:

    Absolutely my job, and I love it. Once I left Cubicle Land I swore I’d never go back…

    That said, it’s tough to balance what I want to write with what is profitable to write.

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  5. frecles24 says:

    I want to make my writing more successfull. I love it. Writing is my passion. More loving it because I know the reader behind the book will be happy. I have simple children’s books. The Ted and Raymond book teach more than ABCs and 1-10. I love writing for children. I could tell you all about the books but this is a question about job or hobby. It is a hobby/passion first. If it becomes a JOB then I need to look elsewhere.

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  6. Gemma says:

    I try to treat it as a job, just one with more flexible hours. I’m in school full-time so school work takes precedence.
    I hope I can make a full-time job out of it. Maybe have a job as an editor for a publisher to help pad the income.

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  7. Ella, hang in there and the money will come 🙂 it’s just a matter of time!

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  8. P.I? I came to realize that the business aspect of writing is completely different from the writing. I chose to do less business these days. But everyone is different. Some do both really well. Hope you find your peace of mind soon 🙂

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  9. Jenn you do so much and it look so effortless! And you have good hair! How do you do that LOL

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  10. Ellie, it’s so nice to hear that it’s possible to leave the harsh cubicle life behind for writing!

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  11. Freckles I like that you use the word passion. Sometimes we forget that it all started with the passion for writing 🙂

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  12. Gemma, writing and school is really hard, I’ve been there just a year ago. But it does get better.

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