And then I published.
Lots of things came with publishing. Things that authors dread like promotion and marketing and all the anxiety associated with publishing. I began to work part-time and write more. It became a small business. I was juggling all the aspects of writing, publishing, marketing and promoting. That left less time for writing. Then I had to make the conscious effort to write. So, per the suggestion of many seasoned writers, I became disciplined and dedicated blocks of time to write as if I was going to work.
Then the most horrible thing happened: writing became a job. It became a chore and I no longer enjoyed it like I did when I first started. How did it come to this?
Fast forward to the present. I am working full time again. I’m juggling all my kids’ extracurricular activities. It’s demanding. I haven’t had time to breathe much less write. But guess what? I am now missing writing. Now I can’t wait to curl up with my laptop and write, no matter how little time I have for it.
There is a difference between writing for business and writing for pleasure. It’s just so much better writing for pleasure.