Importance of a hobby (other than writing)

I became a writer because I love it. I love to read. I love creating new characters and places. I even got excited over my color-coded college AP Style book when unpacking from the move. Yes, I’m officially a writing nerd. Writing and reading began as a passionate hobby. Now it’s my passionate career but I truly feel it’s important to find a hobby outside of your career, even if you love what you do.

My hobby outside of work is cooking. I take pride in creating something healthy and tasty for my family. My kitchen time is relaxing and peaceful. spaghetti picWhen I was recently on bed rest after my emergency gall bladder surgery, cooking is what I missed the most. It clears my head after a long day of pouring over my keyboard and computer screen. It forces me to get up and take an interest in something that can always be different and new. Finding and mastering a new recipe is the best and returning to old, favorite recipes is like going home.

You may hate to cook. I have friends that sew but the one time I tried that ended in a disaster involving needles and blood. My one sewing advice to you: remove all pins when making a pillow. Pins do not make for comfy stuffing. Anyway, whatever you do just do it. Find a new passion. Learn something new. Time away from your writing and work can only relax you and make you a better writer.

What do you do to relax? What is your hobby?


Due to my surgery, my popular “Writing Moms (and Dads)” WANA International workshop has moved to March. See details below:

Writing Moms (and Dads!) Online Workshop

Date: March 4th, 2013 – April 4, 2013
Description: Plot, character arc, transitions, climax, revise, rewrite, make that deadline, blog, check social media sites, continued education, volunteer for local writing group, read critique partners manuscript, research agents/publishers, read books within your genre, read a craft book and network. These are ALL things that go through writers’ minds on any given day. But what if you had to add: Make bottles, keep up with diaper/Gerber/ formula supplies, feed baby, play dates, bathe baby, wipe up thrown sweet potatoes, shower to get sweet potatoes out of your hair, more playtime, hope for a naptime (for baby, you must write,) read to baby, and hope baby actually goes to bed at the designated time.
For many writers, this is reality. In fact, many full-time writers are made because of a child being born. Some amazing mothers write late at night, around their day job. However you do it, being a writing parent is a challenge but very doable and rewarding. Learn easy self study tactics, time management tips and suggestions from a ten-year freelance journalist, published author and speaker who also has a two-year-old daughter and a high maintenance dog. You can have it all without losing your mind.

Register HERE

Writing Moms (and Dads!) Personal Consultation

Dates: March 4, 2013 – April 4, 2013
Length: Two 45 min. phone consultations. The first consultation will be within the first week of the four-week Writing Moms (and Dads!) workshop. The second will be scheduled prior to completing the workshop.
Description: Take what you learn from the Writing Moms (and Dads!) workshop and get one-on-one guidance on developing the best plan for making you a smarter writer. The first consultation will be a detailed interview followed by a discussion of time constraints. The second will be about developing the best plan for you based off your first consultation discussions. You will also get personalized methods for implementing, testing and carrying out your plan.

Register HERE

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