Is Your Writing a Hobby? by Cassiel Knight (Part 1 of 2)
But, first, if you’ve completed a book, you should celebrate. Of the many who want to write, few actually complete a book. Already, you are ahead. And that’s a great start to determine if you’re writing for a profession or hobby. I’ll explain below.
And if you are still thinking or in the process? That’s okay.
No matter where you start your journey as an author, there are a few things that can help you move from the early stages into the heart of your trip. I should apologize for the travel metaphors that will be sprinkled within. I tend to think of the path to publication and beyond as a road trip.
You have three choices when it comes to your writing:
- It’s a fun and relaxing hobby
- I want to supplement my income
- I’m a full-time writer (and that doesn’t mean quitting your day job).
The choice you make has a significant impact on how you proceed and actually sets your path for you. What’s the difference? Let’s start with what it means to treat your writing as a hobby:
- You wait for the muse to strike – basically, you only write when it’s convenient or when you feel like it.
- You don’t learn or continue to learn the craft of writing – reading books about writing, attending workshops and writers’ conferences, joining writers’ organizations, and my favorite, read, read and read.
- You don’t manage the paperwork side of writing and that’s not writing the book.
- You enter contest after contest after contest with the same first pages and never finish the book.
- You enter contest after contest after contest and actually final and win some but never submit your manuscript.
- And along with the above, you go to conferences and attend pitch sessions and never submit.
- You don’t keep track of the market or the industry.
- You don’t network yourself or your work – appearances, volunteering, writing articles, participating in the industry.
Does the above look like you? If it does, it might be okay. Really. Betcha didn’t think I’d say that. Well, sure. If you’re writing solely because you enjoy it and the rest doesn’t matter, that is just fine. It’s your life – you get to decide what you want to do with it.
However, if you want to make a career out of writing, come back next Wednesday, and I’ll tell you what you need / should be doing.
Oh, and because Nancy is NOT the only one to bring hot guys, here’s the guy I modeled my hero after for The Death Skull, book 2 of Relic Defender series coming out in September. Enjoy!