For writers, the inability to write can signify the end of the world. If you no longer have any ideas that are worth talking about, what are you going to do?
This blog post will cover why it is important for writers to have hobbies.
You love writing. You love it so much you’ve invested all of your attention into making it a profitable activity. It’s no surprise that you’re feeling unproductive lately. You might call this writer’s block, but this isn’t the case. You’re just tired.
As much as you adore writing, you have to remember that it’s your job; something that we all need time away from at some stage.
Having several hobbies, such as playing an instrument, playing video games, taking walks etc. will help to make writing become less of a chore. “Chore? But that’s not possible!” I hear you exclaim. Here’s a hard truth: spending too much time on something will turn it into a chore.
This is why your life needs to be about more than writing. Striking a balance between work and play will allow writing to be just as fun as your hobbies.
Be careful, though – if you take your hobbies too seriously you’ll end up facing the same problem that that you encountered with your writing. This will result in a case of ‘back to square one’.
How to balance work and play
As I’ve just mentioned, you have to strike a balance between your career and your hobbies. This is where being organised can lend a helping hand.
Let’s say that you work in bursts of 60 minutes. After 60 minutes of labour have passed, you can dedicate the next 60 minutes of your time to your hobbies. Simply repeat the process throughout the day. If you begin working at 9 a.m., your schedule might look something like this:
- 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Work
- 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Hobbies
- 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Work
- 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Hobbies/lunch etc.
This way, you’ll split your time evenly between your career and hobbies.
How important is taking a break from writing to you? How do you do this? Let us know about your writer hobbies in the comments section below.