Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Writing 101: When Writing is a Job

Someone asked me, the other day, if I have any hobbies. I was surprised when I didn’t have a ready answer. A few years ago, I would have said “writing,” of course. But now, writing is my job. And when anything becomes a job, it’s easy to lose passion for that thing. 


Losing My Religion

Everyone’s passionate about their hobbies. It’s what they do in their free time, what they want to do once all the chores and working is done. So when you write for a living and write for a hobby, it’s easy to start feeling as though you work all the time. That really just leaves one question: how do you fix it?


When you write for a living and self-publish, you’re burning the candle at both ends -- and coming in danger of burning yourself out with all the writing. There are many different ways you can lose your passion for writing, but don’t worry. You can also get it back.

If you’re losing your passion for writing, first you need to remember what it’s like to write just for yourself. Write something for you. Not for publication, not for a beta reader, not for the blog -- just for you. Start a whole new just-you project, if needed, and have fun with it. If you aren’t having fun, you aren’t working on the right project. So write anything that strikes you, because what does it matter? You’re writing just for you, so you can write whatever you want. That’s where you’ll find your passion again.

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