Do you consider your writing a hobby, a profession, or somewhere in between?
There is some pretty high-quality writing on this site, and I was just curious how Hubbers perceived themselves as writers? Do you identify yourself as a writer, or perhaps hope to? Or is this just something you do on the side for fun?
Hobby, as I pride myself on the quality of my writing and the joy it gives me.
Hi Josh! Right now I would say somewhere between a hobby and a hoped for future profession. I love teaching and would like to continue doing it indefinitely. The only problem is that schools might want to force me into retirement due to my age. I f I do stop teaching, I want to keep very busy writing or doing some translation work.
Profession. I'm a full-time writer, and manage a writing team for the work I do for my clients. My editor (known as "husband" outside of work hours) does check through my hubs sometimes, but more because I'm curious about his feedback than anything . I am currently working on taking my business to the next level so that I will have more recurring revenue than just open-submission sites, but I must be doing something right -- four years full-time and getting better every year .
Right now my writing is a hobby. I do it for fun, but of course it would be nice to make some money too.
Right now it's an enjoyable hobby. When and if I begin making money, it will be a profession.
At the moment my writing is my hobby, but more an obsession. I write everything down as it helps me to express my feelings. I would love to be able to write for a living one day, but for now I'm happy to publish some articles on Hubpages.
Hi - great question!
For me it's actually a combination of hobby and profession. Many years ago it started off as a hobby when I was submitting articles to the hard copy magazines and I really enjoyed the experience. Now I do see it both as a means to hopefully earn a living full time one day, but I also still write because I love it and find it is a relaxing past time - most of the time.
I am a writer. This is how I see myself, even though I spend a lot more time not writing. For me it is neither hobby or profession, it is passion.
In Between, Because some people use it as a hobby but never progress to making it professional but that doesn't mean that their writings isn't a work of a professional = ] they just don't wish to progress to the professional stage of writing. Not everything is about money, but if you love writing so much and don't really do anything else, its best to extend your writing to the publishers to become a true professional writer. = ] Hope this helped = ]
I consider myself a writer, been freelancing for my local paper for years and recently started to expand my freelancing to include marketing materials. I signed a contract with a client for 6 months (trial period) and hope to go well beyond that.
Some good answers here - I, too, find myself somewhere in between. I do make some money as a writer, but not nearly enough to yet consider it my profession - my hope is that will soon change. The truth is, it's taken me a while to get to the point where I truly believe I could make a living as a writer; I'm the oldest of five kids, and the only one that didn't do business for my undergrad (and my father is a chartered accountant). The idea that I could write for a living just seemed more like fantasy - it was what I was passionate about, but I just saw it more as an escape than a reality.
It is what I love to do, however, so I'm finally just giving it a shot.
Of course, I completely understand this perception that by trying to make money out of your writing, you are - to a degree - 'selling out,' but the truth is we all need to eat. And if I can make a living out of doing what I truly love to do, then I'm among a very fortunate and blessed minority.
My writing is as an amateur.
Going back to the root of the word amateur, for love, I love to create something and I find my best form of creative expression in words.
I do earn some money from my work, but take away the money and I would still write.
I think to be a good writer, it should be both. That way, you take it seriously enough to write well and still enjoy doing it.
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