Really? How can you call writing a novel a hobby? If it is, then it’s one of the most difficult, time-consuming, expensive, and mentally exhausting diversions. Never did I think my ‘hobby’ would force my grey matter to shift into the intellectual mode. My creative mind is experiencing culture shock and is reveling in the change of scenery.
However, struggling through the first attempt at my ‘hobby’, I thought my novel would be interesting and everyone would want to read the masterpiece. Little did I know how much “red” I would see from my editor. The rewrites, changes, and the hours spent on carefully chosen words and phrases seemed to fly out the window, crash and burn. I felt like flying out the window as well and burying the debris for good. Do hobbies affect one’s frame of mind like this? Little did I know at the time that “red” translates into, “I’m trying to teach you, damn it, PAY ATTENTION!” I paid attention to you, JL. My little ‘hobby’ became a 468-page tribute to an entire generation and is also on Amazon’s Bestseller list for Kindle.
A ‘hobby’? Maybe, although I don’t call it that. It’s a passion that has changed my perspective on what I love to produce. I write for myself and hope readers will enjoy my difficult, time-consuming, expensive, and mentally exhausting diversions. I’ll write these avocations with tired eyes, back pain, late nights, and lack of physical exercise. Why? I’ll tell you in three words. I can period
Until next time,