Ahh, I finally got around to drawing again. I go in spurts. One week it's all I want to do, and then maybe I don't pick up the sketch book for a month. Anyway, this is Daphne Semens from my WIP, Sidekick. She's a soon-to-be Judo black belt, manga collector with a penchant for strange-colored lipstick. She also has a massive crush on her best friend's older brother (who is the MC). I kind of love her. A lot.
Anyway, on to the other stuff I wanted to say today...
Writing is my job. Drawing is my hobby. This is an important distinction because it changes the way I tackle each.
I work at writing, honest to goodness work. I write when I don't want to. I edit much more than I feel like. I push, push, push myself to continually to improve. I pursue professional avenues in writing, like getting an agent and hopefully being published at some point. While I often enjoy writing, it's my job. I treat it as such.
Drawing is something I do when I feel like it—a hobby. Yes, I am a fairly decent cartoonist, but I am no where near professional level. If I put in a lot of work, I have no doubt I could get there. But I don't want to. I want to keep drawing as something cathartic, a hobby to enjoy at my whim.
There is nothing wrong with that, is there? And yet it seems like a lot of people have this idea that if they write, they must pursue it professionally, make it a job.
Is writing your hobby or your job? Think about the mentality those words require. If you're bringing a hobby mentality to writing, and yet you want to be published...maybe you need to reevaluate a little. Or perhaps you claim writing is a hobby, but you're working so hard that it's more of a job. You have to be honest about what writing is to you, embrace it. There is nothing wrong with either choice.