Writing: Hobby or Career? Does it really matter?

Life has a way of taking your world and flipping it on it’s head by correcting a few well-placed misconceptions. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about where I want my writing to go as an author and a writer. Whether I want to work hard to make it a career or whether I want it to be my hobby?

Lately I’ve been thinking that I want to take this writing gig to the next level and make it a true career rather than the half-assed attempted I’ve been making of it the last two years. So I started to make a list of all the things I thought I needed to start implementing in order to make a go as a freelance author. And then a strange thing happened. I read two articles.

I’m sure you’ve all heard the debate a few times: Are you an author? Are you a writer? Are you both? Do you wonder what the hell they’re even talking about?

Can’t blame you, I didn’t get the difference either. I mean, aren’t they interchangeable? An author is a writer and a writer is an author. Aren’t they? Not according to most writers or authors. So here’s the skinny for you: Writer=someone who writes. Author=someone who’s published a book and markets what they write.

Dean Wesley Smith has a great post on the subject: The New World of Publishing: Writer vs. Author. And the other that I came across is:  Difference between Writer and Author.

What they made me realize is: I want to be a Writer. I want to focus on the story I’m writing. I want to focus on the story I’m going to write next. I want to focus on the future and not the past. I want to be happy with the act of writing and finishing my stories without worrying about how reviews are going to affect sales. I don’t want to be part of workshops, critic groups, blog hops, guest posting, etc. I want the joy of writing without the stresses of marketing and promoting the book that’s already written, because I seriously don’t have the time, or the steel-stomach-lining, to deal with marketing on top of juggling the tasks of ranching, home, my two angels, my teenage step-daughter, my hubby’s ex, and crazed in-laws.

So I’m throwing out the inner debate about whether I want my writing to be a career or a hobby and I’m just focusing on writing the next book. You might find my randomness on Twitter or Facebook, but I’m sick to death of thinking that I have to promote myself and do as others have done to be a “money” success. I just want to write.