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Friday, August 10, 2012

How to ruin a hobby

I haven't blogged in a long time, so I feel obligated to write something. I sat here for a few minutes trying to decide what to write about.  I ended up with a list of things that annoy me.  It included everything from fallacious reasoning on the internet (and let me tell you the sub-list on that one could end up covering blog topics for the rest of my life) to the trend of bad fanfiction taking over the publishing world (ask me what I think.  Come on, give me a reason!). 
Sure, I've got a lot to say on a lot of topics, but as I faced that blank screen, it was the sense of obligation that hit me.  Why did I HAVE to write this blog today?  Why is it even on my "to do" list?

Because I'm a writer and writers blog, right?  It's what I SHOULD do. 
And if I'm a writer, that means, I better start adding more writing tasks to my daily list as well.  Edit three more chapters, write more, network more, query more.  All of which sound like work. Writing began as a hobby for me—a sidetrack of a reading hobby.  It was fun. defines hobby as "an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation."

So, how did my hobby become work? 
I'm a goal-driven person.  If this surprises you, perhaps, you are new to my blog. :)  I'm also very time-oriented.  It's hard for me to do anything without a reason behind it, a purpose.  So, if I'm going to spend time writing, my brain assumed it should be for publication.
Then, writing became another line (or ten) on that "to do" list rather than the escape from it.
My new goal (I know, I know) is to bring the fun back to writing.  For example, this blog wasn't even on this list today.  I was avoiding something else.  Progress, eh?
Anything you need to move off the to do list in order to make it fun again?

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