Writing Is More Than a Hobby
“Writing is not a hobby. Collecting stamps or coins is a hobby. Writing is a calling.”
Barbara Abercrombie, A Year of Writing Dangerously
For a long time, I treated writing as a hobby. I have some other hobbies-reading, making beaded jewelry, and singing being some of them. Writing is different.
Writing is more than a hobby. It’s a compulsion.
If I’m not writing, I’m not happy.
Often, I’m hit with a burning desire to put words down on paper. Making jewelry doesn’t affect me that way. I don’t get cranky if I’m not singing. Sometimes I do get cranky if I don’t have time to read. But when it comes to choosing between reading and writing, I must choose writing. Every time.
A couple of years ago, I decided to get serious about my writing. To stop treating it like the hobby it isn’t. Writing is my calling.
Maybe it’s your calling too. And if you’re a Christian who writes, it’s definitely your calling. It’s what God has put in your heart to do to serve Him in a way only you can.
Hobbies fill time. Writing often consumes mine, and it often consumes my thoughts when I’m doing other things besides writing.
Writing is more than a hobby. It’s what I was created to do.
How about you?
Originally published at https://mishaelaustinwitty.com on April 20, 2022.