Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

Hobby or job?

During our working life, we have more than once turned G's hobby into our job. What had once been fun suddenly became pressured and turned into hard work, so I find this article a refreshing change from the usual, "Follow your dream," advice.

Adam J. Kurtz, author of Things Are What You Make of Them has rewritten the maxim for modern creatives:

"Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life work super fucking hard all the time with no separation or any boundaries and also take everything extremely personally."

More recently, when I was made redundant, I did take some steps towards trying to sell the things I crocheted, but people won't pay a realistic price and so even a huge amount of work doesn't generate an adequate income. I now just crochet and knit for myself and occasionally make gifts if I'm sure they'll be appreciated.

Even more recently, after decades of dreaming of being a professional writer, I decided to write fiction just for fun. When I was in my 30s, I fell into the trap of feeling that payment for stories was validation and also believed the old quote from Samuel Johnson, "No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money." I wasted many many hours polishing stories for submission when I'd have had more enjoyment out of writing the next one. Basically I turned what had been a hobby when I was a teenager into hard work and never ended up making more than a few pounds from it.

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