Becoming Professional: A Blog

Hobby vs. Work

Posted on: June 19, 2010


I am an author. Before you all go “duh, we can see you write a blog,” I mean a fiction author. Sometimes I write novels, sometimes short stories. On top of that I write this blog. I spend a lot of time in front of a computer or with a pad of paper. In all cases, it is work and not play, no matter how much I enjoy writing and reading.

Why would I work so hard on a hobby? Well, one day, I promise myself, I will be published. I polish my craft, rewriting and re-editing the various stories until they shine, at least to my eye. Then I send the manuscript out into the world and ask for opinions. I don’t want the story I hand to my friends to be anything less than wonderful, so I take the entire process very seriously. (It’s like having a baby, raising it, and then sending it off to college. The end goal is to raise a successful adult, someone who, for instance, can get a job on the other end of the college trip. The problem is that you, the author/parent, have done all you can and the rest is up to to the story/kid. Very nerve wracking. I can only imagine it is actually worse for a true parent.)

But regardless of how I would love to be a paid author, and work hard to get good enough to be one, I’m not. I’m a hobbyist.  It is entirely my choice how much effort I put into it. It is entirely my choice how long a novel takes me to write. I can spend 5 minutes or 30 writing every day. Why do I spend 30? I don’t have a publisher hounding me for my next draft. (And so you know, 30 minutes is really a short amount of time for an author to spend writing. I’ve heard of hours being dedicated to the craft by other hobbyists).

I work hard at my hobbies for the same reason I work hard at my job. I believe that a person should enjoy his work. If that’s my work philosophy, then wouldn’t my hobby philosophy say to work at what I enjoy?

Yes, it can get exhausting to be constantly working. No doubt about it! I also have a few purely passive hobbies (oh, television, you ruin me!), but I still believe in always applying myself in what I create.

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Who Am I?

I am a Digital Native who is trying to puzzle out what exactly that means. I share my thoughts on social media, digital business models, and PR here on this blog.

I am currently getting my Masters in Digital Marketing from Hult International Business School, having gotten my B.S. in Marketing from Arizona State University. Everything is on track and I am making headway towards my dream: World Domination... or being a productive, helpful citizen and marketer. Whichever comes first.

Don't hesitate to get in touch. I Tweet daily at @KateDavids and also have a science fiction and fantasy blog (maskedgeek.wordpress.com) and Twitter (@Masked_Geek).

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