OK this isn’t cheating. Yes, I wrote something similar on my Pen to Publish blog before I moved here but now I feel stronger about this topic and felt it was worth a revisit. All writers, professionals and really anyone should have a hobby that they can use as an escape.
But writing is my hobby? That may be so and trust me I feel so fortunate to be able to do something that I love so much as my career. When I started making money and set strict schedules to get my work done that’s when writing became more than a hobby.
A hobby is something essential to clearing your mind and just having some “you” time. Until the first of this month I really didn’t understand this. I am author, a mommy, a speaker and my husband appreciates a home-cooked meal and somewhat of a clean house (sometimes.) I really thought that reading was my hobby and that I couldn’t afford the time to do anything “outside the box.” Of course who doesn’t want to try archery after watching Katniss in The Hunger Games?
I didn’t fully understand the benefit of a hobby until Oscar, my dog came across a nest of bunnies in our backyard the first of this month. I called the game commissioner to find out what to do and she said to leave them alone and look for signs of the mother rabbit.
Days went by and there were no signs. And then came that first spring down pour. It rained and rained and soon I could see a stream of muddy water running down the slope in our yard. I ran out to see the nest and the bunnies were screaming- actually screaming. One was stuck in mud and water was up to her neck (yes I know now that she is my Diamond.)
I rushed to grab a box and you’ve never seen bunnies want to be rescued so badly.They put up no resistance and that is how I got my bunnies. At first I had to bottle feed them every 3 hours. They were 4 weeks old when they joined our family. On March 18 we lost Artemis to a nutritional disorder but Diamond and Jedi are thriving and loving their spoiled domestic life.
So how does this help my writing? Really there is a point to all of this. You know when you are stuck on a scene? Sometimes staring at will not give you the answer. You need to walk away from it. That’s when Diamond and Jedi get some extra attention. Instead of staring at a page and wasting time, I love on bunnies (and Oscar too) for just a moment and then look at the scene again through fresh eyes.
Hobbies can releave our stresses and help us maintaIn that sense of self when you are juggling personal and family driven goals. Everyone needs a hobby. I’m not expecting you to race out and find helpless and drowning bunnies. You’re hobby might be underwater basket weaving as long as you enjoy it and gives you the escape you need.
What hobbies do you have? How do they help you as an author and a person? Below is a great example of a hobby that you and your spouse or significant other could try together…or NOT. Happy Friday!
Nat’s Personal Note:
Yesterday we embarked on a nine-hour road trip. I definitely wasn’t thinking ahead when I bought my sports car after college! Baby Markey, Oscar the dog and the bunnies Diamond and Jedi were all crammed in the back seat. Going into the experience I thought it was going to be a disaster but really everything went smoothly. It was really remarkable! And thanks to my iPAD, I was actually able to get some editing done!