Writing is important to me. It’s something I’ve done on a fairly regular basis since I wrote what I consider to be my first story in first grade. I try to make it a priority in my life, partly because I enjoy writing, and partly because I’m told that I need to write every day to become a better writer.
Life just doesn’t work out that way all the time. For me writing is a hobby just like video games. As much as I love writing, my time and energy has to go elsewhere from time to time.
When I have a longer than normal shift at work I usually don’t write. If I have a social function my friends or family want me to attend I probably won’t write that day. Some days I just don’t feel like writing and I don’t see any reason to force myself to write when it isn’t fun.
A lot of times people seem to expect anyone who considers themselves to be a writer to be completely dedicated to the craft. It doesn’t matter that writing is something fun that doesn’t pay any of the bills, and keeping the bill collectors away has to take priority over some of the more enjoyable things in life.
Sometimes I even find myself pressuring other people to take their writing more seriously. It’s almost as though we all expect writers to have nothing greater going on in their lives.
As much as I love writing the pressure can take the fun right out of it. Whenever a hobby starts to feel like a chore rather than something to look forward to once the chores are done it’s probably time to adjust the you and the people around you are treating that hobby.
If writing isn’t your job it shouldn’t be an obligation. Just enjoy it and don’t let the world pressure you into making it into something more.