How Viewing Writing as a Hobby Instead of a Job Made me More Productive

Dec 13, 2019 · 3 min read
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If writing is my passion, why do I get anxious when it is time to produce content? The question changed my writing perspective from a job to a hobby.

For as long as I can remember, I was fascinated by the idea of being a paid writer. Success didn’t matter to me because having the freedom to do what I love and get paid for it was my definition of luxury.

Early in my writing career, I would write short stories for fun and explore niches writing on topics I loved. Although I didn’t have many views, I enjoyed the freedom of being in control of publishing work on topics that interested me.

Until I Needed Money

During my sophomore year in college, I obtained my first paid writing gig, and I thought I was finally taking off.

I wasn’t.

My career as a writer has been a rollercoaster ride since then. I didn’t have a niche, so I picked up random writing gigs here and there, and the money didn’t last long enough to sustain the comfortable life I imagined.

Photo: Drew Coffman

Similar to any other writer/college student, I worked full-time doing something I didn’t enjoy and let my passion grow cobwebs, only picking up a few writing gigs here and there.

While writing for others, I was always stressed because I suffered from imposter syndrome.

One way I was able to get over the anxiety was to reevaluate the way I viewed writing. I couldn’t take on writing tasks or projects as a job; if it came to writing, I saw it as a hobby.

Writing Because I Want To Not Because I Have To

Viewing writing as a hobby tricked my brain into believing I was writing because I wanted to not because I had to. This belief allowed me to write freely, and I was no longer hard on myself, which allowed words to flow easily through me.

This new-found mindset improved my writing skills because I no longer dreaded the editing process. Since writing a draft out of want, I was eager to edit because the goal/task was complete and perfecting it to hit that publish button sent my endorphins through the roof.

While imposter syndrome continues to surface from time to time, I have a better handle on it. I allow it to exist for a few minutes then turn it off because I learned during my negative writing blocks, I come up with some of my best ideas/pieces, whether it’s for my blog or pitches for gigs.

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