Shifting Gears When Your Hobby Becomes Your Job

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Image courtesy of Michal Marcol / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I snaffled a bit of the blog title from lingerie designer Sarah of Ohhh Lulu…, who discussed the difficulty of shifting gears mentally and physically when your hobby becomes your job. Most, if not all writers dream of the day when they can quit their day jobs and devote those 8-9 hours to playing in their fictional world. Most, if not all full-time writers, will tell you that these best laid plays often go awry.

I’m living proof. 😕

So much of what I do involves sitting in front of my laptop, and it grows difficult to compartmentalize my time because if I’m not writing, I’m worrying about writing, or if I’m not blogging, I’m worrying about what to blog. Then compound that with maintaining my social networks for my professional life and my personal life, keeping up with books, movies, and TV for professional reasons, and it is incredibly hard to unwind. Then there is the need to cultivate my other interests, which also zap my creative juices, thereby creating this continuous cycle of hobby bleeding into work, or feeling guilty for taking time off instead of working.

Granted, the solution is to try not to do everything at once, but when one’s income is dependent upon a creative venture, there is no rest for the wicked or for the weary!

Anna DeStefano’s blog is timely reading for the day: How We Write: When our soul is tired…

Author: Evangeline Holland

Evangeline is a public historian who brings her academic skills to fiction, in order to fill in the gaps in the historical record. Her love for history permeates just about everything she does, going so far as to "suffer" for this love--as the bruises and stuck fingers from fencing and sewing costumes to understand life in the past firsthand can attest.

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