I’ve noticed that every writer classifies their writing a bit differently. It may be a job, an academic pursuit, a hobby, an artistic outlet, or any combination of these things. For me writing is still a somewhat relaxing activity, though as I become more dedicated and set higher standards for myself it is becoming more work.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing. There is a lot of satisfaction that comes from working hard and seeing your efforts rewarded in the form of a thick manuscript. But I do find that I still need a secondary hobby, something that is purely for the love of doing it. For me that that is often flower arranging. I usually just make arrangement for my home or my friends and family. Occasionally I help out with events (like my sister's wedding) but I try not to make it a job.
I love flowers. They’re so… organic. Even pictures of them make me happy (except when they're on wallpaper). I just love cutting them from the garden (especially if it’s my garden). I love taking them in their thorny, twisty, wild state and creating order out of the chaos. I love using things that are not typically associated with bouquets and throwing them into the mix.
It’s a bit like writing in that there are base core materials and principles for good flower arranging, but how you use them for any given arrangement will vary from person to person. And even if you use the same elements no two bouquets ever look the exactly the same. The flowers and hands that craft them are too unique.
I think it’s a good idea to have sources of enjoyment and relaxation outside of writing. I personally need other artistic outlets. I know may of you enjoy photography, drawing, painting, music and any number of other pursuits. So I’m curious do you consider writing a hobby, a job, a source of enjoyment? And what do you consider your other pursuits? Do they help you relax? Are they your job and writing is your hobby? Is writing your job? Can it be both a hobby and a job?