A good friend recently told me not to dwell on yet another rejection of my current manuscript. She said “It is only a hobby. Not your career.”
If I would have kept a journal of my writing path, it would read something like this:
I am invited to a creative writing class by a close friend. Thinking I might like this as I always considered myself creative, I agreed. Remembering how many years ago (before children) I had sent a few manuscripts to several publishing agencies and received good feedback.
The instructor’s first assignment write a short story.
I will write my “Caroleisms” as I like to call them (quotes on life I love to refer to with friends and family) My favorite – “Don’t be a mashed potato. Stand up and be a French fry.”
Instead I wrote about my cats.
At the time I did not know the instructor was a cat lover. This grew a mutual bond. She and the class loved my story and I loved my newfound aspiration to write and see my name in print.
She introduced me to a wonderful new editor and she and the editor critiqued my work.
The long learning process began.
I read, researched and discovered the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers) and through them found a wonderful children’s critique group from which I have previously spoke of. I have been told that it takes seven long years on average to break into the world of published writer. It has been a little over three years and I am at awe by the immense amount of knowledge I have obtained and the wonderful guidance and support I receive.
So, to answer my friends statement – When does your hobby become your passion or your new career. I don’t know, but I do know this –
When one hour of writing, researching and reading becomes four or five hours or every free minute – when you cannot get enough information on writing, revising and publishing – you are hooked and it is definitely more than a hobby.
I would love to hear feedback of your writing journey.
6 replies on “My Writing Journey – A Hobby, A Passion, A New Career”
Well good luck with your journey. For me, an important step was the ability to take criticism. It hurt at first but it has made me much better. Much better! Alan
“When one hour of writing, researching and reading becomes four or five hours or every free minute – when you cannot get enough information on writing, revising and publishing – you are hooked and it is definitely more than a hobby.” This personifies me too. So I guess I’ve graduated to the ranks of “passion” on my way to “authorpreneur.”
Hi Carole! I agree that when every free minute is spent on writing, or studying the craft, that it is no longer a hobby, and is now a life goal. I actually feel guilty if I’m not spending time on writing. Glad to hear you’re still pursuing that dream 🙂
Thank you for sharing your journey Carole! I can relate…hobby, passion, new career…I add to this list “balancer of energy” – I’m just not right if I’m not writing!
I saw your intro on GUPPIES digest. Chidren’s books in your list of accomplishments and goals caught my eye. Also a member, as of this year, of SCBWI from the MD/VA/DC area. Let’s connect. There are few children’s mystery writers in our group.
My only publications are my blog posts, not regularly posted; still I am planning to share more book reviews for adults and children in 2017.
Beth Schmelzer http://www.BESTBOOKSBYBETH.com
Thank you very much for reading my blog. I’m finding the Guppies to be welcoming and informative. Your blog looks very interesting and I will be sure to check it out in the future. I am currently concentrating on writing in the cozy mystery genre.
Best to you and Happy Writing,