“When are you going to get that published? You’ve been working on it for years.”
“Wanna go out to see a movie tonight?” “Sorry, I’m busy writing.” “Do you have to write every single day?”
“Why bother writing? You’re putting all that effort in and you aren’t even making any money.”
Sometimes I hear a lot of those phrases above. At first, it’s easy to shake them off, but when they keep recurring in conversation, guilt kicks in. Sometimes I actually feel bad for spending at least an hour and a half each day sitting in front of my keyboard and tapping out what seems like the 1635992nd rough draft. Thoughts start to spin around in my head:
I spend too much time writing. I need to get out more.
I should be working on writing projects that will give me some money fast!
I feel guilty shutting the door and closing out the world just to make sure a fictional character makes it through the course of a novel.
Then I mentally kick myself and remind myself to be patient. Professional authors had to spend hours and hours on their craft to get everything just right and ready for publication – sometimes only to be rejected countless times. So that means putting in even more hours. For me, writing is a very worthwhile and fulfilling hobby – and some day, I want it to be much more than a hobby.
I think the joy of writing is something only writers can truly understand. Some people like playing musical instruments in their spare time – as a hobby. I wonder if they often get the same questions us writers get: “You spend so much time blowing that horn. What’s the point?” “When are you going to become famous? You’ve been playing the guitar for years.”
Sometimes, people just don’t seem to understand each others’ hobbies and passions. I can’t see how some people can spend hours playing video games. I don’t understand how some people can discuss miniature flying helicopters or talk for hours about all the different features of a single ATV.
It’s easy to judge and write someone’s hobby off as a waste of time. Is it necessary? Is it going anywhere? Is it going to make that person rich? Maybe. But that’s not what’s important. It’s the happiness and enjoyment that the hobby brings to your life.
So don’t feel guilty if your hobby or your passion isn’t appreciated by others. Do what you love and be yourself. 🙂