Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Am I a Writeaholic?

I once heard a bunch of writers gossiping about a successfully published writer. They were all at one event, hanging around by the pool, when they noticed this successful novelist was sitting by herself, typing away on her laptop.

They called her a workaholic.




At the time I was a government employee. I wrote at night and on weekends for FUN. I couldn't think of anything else I'd rather be doing than writing.




Now I'm a full-time writer. On a weekly basis, I receive between 10 and 20 assignments for articles ranging in length from 300 words to 1,000 words. I get paid for these...and they expect them fairly quickly.




At the same time, I'm also working on my novel and writing and reading blogs. If I'm not eating, sleeping, or doing household chores, I'm probably writing.


And I love every minute of it.

So that brings the question...am I a workaholic?

Or just a writeaholic?



Do you think a novelist who writes all the time is a workaholic?

58 comments:

  1. Any more than the musician who plays all the time? (Or at least is doing something music related.)
    Creativity can be both relaxing fun and a job. It fills both sides, which is why it's not stressful to do it all the time.
    Of course, I'm all about balance, and no one thing should fill your life completely. (I'm sure you have a life outside of writing though!)

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  2. I think when you love something that doesn't make you a writer-aholic. It makes you passionate about what you love... that's a good thing♡

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  3. yep...

    ...so cool I'll never have to work again.

    (I hope)

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  4. You are a writeaholic, but if it's what you love doing, and what you are passionate about, then there's absolutely nothing wrong with that at all :)

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  5. Nothing wrong with that!

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  6. You're a passionate writer.






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  7. It can't hurt if you're driven by passion in your work

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  8. to be able to work at your passion - whether full time or part time - is a gift that most only dream about.

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  9. I think your last graphic says it all. If we are doing what we love, it's not work.

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  10. I think it depends on how the author feels in fact.

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  11. I think we just love what we do. :)

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  12. Writeaholic indeed at your feed, but if you enjoy it, keep at it

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  13. When you love what you do in your play area and get paid for it, it's not work but play. Go ahead and play all day. You're good at it and more power for you.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  14. I'd just call it passionate. Some passions lie in not doing anything, while others are passionate about doing something in particular. I wouldn't label either group.

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  15. I was just talking with my wife yesterday about the quote you ended with. We are both working hard to not work and do something we love. Great things to ponder.

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  16. I think you are just a hard worker that found something you enjoy doing and can get paid for it :)

    I think its wonderful!

    betty

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  17. I think it depends. If the writer in question never takes time for family or friends, then yes, I'd say they're a workaholic. Granted, writers are some of the hardest workers I know. =)

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  18. I think you are following your passion. And that is a very good thing. Doing what you love rocks.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  19. I've always said writing was an addiction...when I don't get to write, I get really cranky.

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  20. The more you work, the more ideas will come to you.

    I saw this line on Facebook: "Working hard for something you don't care about is called stress. Working hard for something you love is called passion."

    I have a full time job, but I still don't feel like I'm putting enough time into my writing. I often allow myself to be distracted by all sorts of nonsense.

    I think now is a good time to change my evil ways...

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  21. I'm actually aspiring to be a writeaholic, so I don't see anything wrong with that. I would love to be writing fiction for most of my day.

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  22. I am a readaholic so I am very grateful to all the writers out there. And if they are fulfilling their dreams and living their passions? Even better.

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  23. It depends. I think living a well-balanced life is important as well, for writers and everyone else.

    I've seen writers who can't enjoy a gathering with their loved ones without constantly scribbling into a journal. To me, that's a bit much. The people in our lives are important too, and they won't be here forever.

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  24. I think it is fantastic. To have a job that doesn't feel like work? AMAZING! How lucky is that?

    I've had a bunch of people tell me that I should be a writer (my college advisor was so adamant about it that I made it my major for a year or two until I lost confidence in my writing), I should write a book. But I don't think the average person understands just how difficult that is. I don't even grasp it. I have thought about writing a book but I really don't know the first thing about it. I can't imagine what an undertaking it is. I bet you have to be a bit of a workaholic to take it on. I just don't know if I've got what it takes. So, basically what I'm saying is, KUDOS to you! You are passionate about it, wanted it, and went for it. You rock!

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  25. Holli--I can't imagine someone sitting in a corner scribbling in a journal during a gathering. However, if an idea hit me during a gathering, I could see rushing off to write it down quickly. I wouldn't write more than the idea down, though! Now...if I'm at a group gathering and they've decided to sit around playing video games for three hours while I sit and watch..THEN I might be rude and write or read on my phone! (Yes, they consider that rude--I'm supposed to enjoy watching people play Minecraft.)

    Kat--I felt the same way at one time. Then I sat down and tried it. Actually, you can just give yourself permission to write a really bad book or two. That's how you get more confident with the process. Nobody will ever see it but you!

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  26. You are doing something you love and so few have that so you are a writeaholic:) You have other outlets, I'm sure, but if you could not write you would feel a piece of you missing. So I say Congratulations on what you are doing as so few have that ability to do something they love and be paid for it

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  27. Neither, you are simply a writer. :)

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  28. I'm in the camp that says love it or leave it. And if you love it, it's not work.

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  29. I'd say you are a writeaholic! Congratulations on being published. Thank you for stopping over at my blog. I bet my 12 year old great-niece would like your book. We love Mammoth Lakes in the summer. The lake we stay at is closed in the Winter, you can't even get to it because of the snow. Lot's of nice things to see in the summer too!

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  30. Sometimes, I've seen someone's "dream" job become a reality, and end up as "a job," only. As long as you can avoid that, more power to you!

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  31. I think it is doing what you love- and not being a workaholic. I see workaholics more as people who are working to get ahead or for big financial gains and when I think of writing I think of creativity, release, and fun (though sometimes exhausting when there is a tough deadline and other demands are placed on your time).

    I also agree with Alex and think balance is important. :)

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  32. That's a good question. I think doing something you love doesn't make you an anything-aholic. I think it makes you passionate. The -aholic part comes when it becomes more of a compulsion than a pleasure.

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  33. Your a gal doing what you love to do.. so that makes you a happy gal just being you :)

    Good luck in all your endeavors.. both on paper n in life.

    Dream big n be happy :)

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  34. No way! I think they're very lucky. :)

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  35. I wonder if Einstein or Mozart were criticized for their commitment and passion? I think so, but were they concerned about what others thought? I wonder...

    It's very nice meeting you, Stephanie, and thank you for stopping by.

    "...but they're 25 miles from civilization and they can't even get electricity up there--it's all solar. I realized from watching that that there's a price for a view like that."

    I understand what you mean. My brother's home in New Jersey ran on solar, and that was years ago. But he didn't live 25 miles from civilization. You're right, there's the yin and yang, the pros and cons which one must weigh.

    Now, back to writing... :))

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  36. Hmmm, good question. If you're a workaholic, you're a fun one:)

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  37. I think you really love you make Stephanie and this is amazing!
    I love cook and bake too and make me happy like read I think I read a lot but I can't stop:)

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  38. Being a writeaholic is much better than being what I am - a boobtubejunkie! I say if you love doing it and it's not negatively impacting other aspects of your life, write away!

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  39. Yep, it certainly sounds that you are, but hey, you could be doing a lot worse things!

    It's all good as far as I'm concerned :)

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  40. I think it is great that you are doing something you love! So many people don't have such passion about their jobs and I think it is so sad. Great post!

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  41. I think you are just passionate and it is wonderful that you can do something you truly love and get paid for it!

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  42. Only you know if you're a workaholic, but I image many writers could also be considered workaholics. And I'm with other posters in saying that writing is a type of work that I'd happily spend many hours doing.

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  43. Depends on what you mean by "all the time". I mean, you eat and sleep, right?

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  44. Well as long as you find it fun doing all that writing it's all good.

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  45. Hmm I don't know. Interesting question though.

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  46. I think we've all become workaholics nowadays. And I think since writers basically work for themselves and need to meet their assignments they don't have much of a choice - does it make them a workaholic? Difficult question. As long as we love what we're doing and we're happy with it, it doesn't matter what anybody would call it :)

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  47. Answer? No. Because if I could that's pretty much what I'd be doing.

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  48. I'd say as long as it's not impacting your life in a negative way, it's called being passionate about what you do. :)

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  49. I work harder and longer with writing than I ever worked as an employee. And I love every second of it!

    Whatever you or anyone else wants to call us, I'm one, too :)

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  50. Stephanie, I would love to chat with you sometime about how you got into writing articles. I'm interested. Could you send me an email sometime about your journey into that field? meganwlee@aol.com

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  51. Nah, you're not a workaholic. You're a writer. That's what writers do. :-)

    The View from the Top of the Ladder

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  52. I believe successful and talented people immerse themselves in what they love. I think you are doing fantastic!

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  53. depends if you like it.

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  54. The best lived lives are filled with passionate pursuits - and if you've found something you love doing, is there really ever a day when you can do too much of it?

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  55. Nothing wrong with being one. :) I kinda hope to be called that (which probably means I'd better write more, work harder)!

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  56. All I know is the more I write the more I realize I need more practice! This successful writer was probably a success because she'd practiced her craft to such an extent she'd gotten better and better. There comes a point where writing isn't just this fun diversion but a grueling taskmaster that won't let you rest until you get it right.

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  57. Yeah, definitely not a workaholic, a writerholic! The same with anything, sports, music, acting.

    Right now, I'm just writing for fun, though that's kind of taken a backseat since I've been blogging, but I'm slowly getting back into a routine.

    Blogging and reading takes a lot of work and time, does that make us blogaholics and readaholics? ;)

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  58. If you loving it then it's sign that you are doing some right! ;)

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