Not a Hobby

I'm getting rather tired of all the wonderful, well-meaning, kind people who are calling my writing a 'hobby.' Stamp collecting is a hobby. Scrap booking is a hobby. Basket weaving a is a hobby. Writing is not a hobby. 

Writing is a passion. It is something that one cannot help doing. It lives in the same world as painting, sculpting, acting, and dance. It is a craft. 

To call my pursuit of writing a hobby is reductive and more than a bit condescending.  I take offense, to be quite honest.

I am a writer. I write because I have to write. There is no other choice or option. It's not something I do leisurely or occasionally. It is something I do on a regular basis. It is work. It is not easy. It takes effort and concentration. 

I do it because there are stories inside of me waiting to get out. Characters whose stories need to be told. This is not something can be repressed, pushed aside, or ignored. That may result in an explosion of epic proportions.

It’s not my brain that’s writing the book, it’s these hands of mine.
— Madeleine L'Engle
Writing gives substance to ethereal thought.
— Brian Rathbone
You don’t choose a story, it chooses you.
— Robert Penn Warren
I didn’t choose poetry, poetry chose me
— Phillip Larkin
You can’t want to be a writer, you have to be one.
— Paul Theroux
A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper
— E. B. White
Writers aren’t exactly people... they’re a whole bunch of people trying to be one person.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald
A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit
— Richard Bach

That's all.