Is writing still something you do for fun, even when also aiming for publication? Or have you lost that?
Personally I treat my day-to-day writing as my job. Every day, sitting down at my desk until clocking out usually when my fiance returns from his office. Just how I lay out my days. It's my job. Before we get to the 'fun', has this approach killed the joy? No! I feel joy when a scene goes as planned or better, when a twist occurs to me, when a character reveals a new depth. But whilst joy remains, and in those moments 'fun', generally I don't associate my work with 'fun'. That's not a line I feel should be blurred. Aiming for a profession, I need it to be consistent, reliable, able to be done to deadlines. 🦄
Does that mean there's no full-on fun in my writing anymore? It used to only be a hobby, it was FOR fun. Is that gone? No! I find the hobby/pure fun side with my side projects. These stories are for my eyes only, my imagination can be as incoherent as it wants, potholes are fine, structure can take a holiday, grammar ain't allowed, this is for ME. No expectation beyond 'am I enjoying this?' exists! Last time I had a big chunk of that writing was on holiday in Cortina! Right now, in the weird querying headspace I'm navigating, I'm looking to that fun writing. We each make a different safety net, I guess this might be part of mine!
Speaking of safety nets... The amazing, awesome, beautifully kind @stacey_scribbles
sent me a care package! Isn't she splendid?! I still can't stop smiling at the fact I've made such wonderful connections in this community, and other online hubs! We are stronger together. So thank you Stacey, your kindness means the world. And to anyone else in the trenches feeling dragged down, keep going, we CAN do this! We have a whole community behind us, cheering us on!
Apologies for the super long post, well done if you made it!
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