Hobbies

What are you guys’ hobbies? Are they expensive? Do they take up a lot of time? Why did you guys decide to pick it up?

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My winter hobby

For the past two months, while I was busy working for my school and just being a wife, I fell into a hobby I never thought I would get into: writing fiction. And I’ve published my stories anonymously and gotten a lot of positive feedback.

I fell into it, as in it consumed my thoughts as I was busily plotting away in my mind, every single free moment that I had. I was also constantly scribbling into a notebook or typing away on my iPhone when I’m not around my computer. It was the first thing I thought of when I opened my eyes in the morning and the last thing I thought of when I went to bed. I would also sometimes wake up in the middle of the night with an idea for a story and it would just bug me because I was scared I would forget it in the morning when I woke up. More often than not, I remembered, but I also did think I lost a few brilliant ideas in the haze of sleep.

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The good thing is that it was super cheap and free in terms of financial outlays. I already had a computer so I didn’t need to buy extra things. I enjoyed it a lot and really immersed myself in the process.

The bad thing is that it took me away from the “productive” parts of my week. It cost me time. You guys might have noticed the two-month absence from this blog. This whole foray into writing fiction was part of it.

I think part of the reason why I got so deep into it was because I found it really fun and I didn’t have to think too deeply about the horrible stuff going on around the world. I found it cathartic to be crafting a happy story filled with love and adventure. To come back to the real world to deal with politics and social problems left me feeling really depressed.

So again, it consumed a lot of my attention and my time but it did nothing to move me into the realm of making more money, of being productive. I just did it for pure pleasure.

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But it’s okay. I like that I’ve discovered this new skill and maybe someday I can really use it and write a book that will be a hit and will make me tons of money. I seriously doubt it, but for now, the writing process is good. I’m learning a lot about myself as a fiction writer and also how to learn to craft enjoyable stories that others seem to enjoy.

At least I know what I want to know when I finally retire and don’t need to work. I can fully say that I enjoy the whole writing process, both fiction and nonfiction.

That’s good I guess. Now I’ve got a hobby that will occupy my time. The only thing I worry about is whether my fingers will be okay when I’m older. Would I still be able to type? Will I still be able to see the computer screen?

I hope so because I’m planning on doing this for a long time.

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