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Do you consider your writing a hobby, a profession, or somewhere in between?

  1. .josh. profile image59
    .josh.posted 6 years ago

    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?

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    Dandraposted 6 years ago

    Hobby, as I pride myself on the quality of my writing and the joy it gives me.

  3. Paul Kuehn profile image95
    Paul Kuehnposted 6 years ago

    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.

  4. wychic profile image89
    wychicposted 6 years ago

    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 wink. 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 big_smile.

  5. Made profile image60
    Madeposted 6 years ago

    Right now my writing is a hobby. I do it for fun, but of course it would be nice to make some money too. smile

  6. Esmeowl12 profile image81
    Esmeowl12posted 6 years ago

    Right now it's an enjoyable hobby. When and if I begin making money, it will be a profession.

  7. jacqui2011 profile image83
    jacqui2011posted 6 years ago

    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.

  8. Seeker7 profile image94
    Seeker7posted 6 years ago

    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.

  9. Phil Plasma profile image76
    Phil Plasmaposted 6 years ago

    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.

  10. Exotic_Kitten profile image45
    Exotic_Kittenposted 6 years ago

    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 = ]

  11. Danette Watt profile image86
    Danette Wattposted 6 years ago

    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.

  12. .josh. profile image59
    .josh.posted 6 years ago

    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.

  13. Bretsuki profile image78
    Bretsukiposted 6 years ago

    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.

  14. jg555 profile image60
    jg555posted 6 years ago

    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.