Writing for Leisure

I enjoy writing as a leisure activity.

As a full-time blogger, I am already spending most of my waking hours gathering material and writing for my blogs. One decision led to another, I now maintain like five to six blogs. My responsibilities include everything from content development to marketing to server maintenance. I spend a considerable amount of time every week on translating thoughts to words you see on the screen.

But writing professionally feels like a job, and it is kind of a job. For a blog post to succeed in the business sense, it has to pull in traffic, the more the better; it has to be useful and helpful; it has to bring certain value to its prospective readers. Unfortunately, the topics that you write for your own pleasure usually don’t fall into that category. Let’s be honest, there aren’t too many people who are interested in reading about your bowling experience.

Writing professionally have many restrictions. These restrictions take out most of the fun from the process.

Writing for leisure, on the other hand, is free. It is one of the most liberating experiences I have ever had.

I can do whatever I want, without worrying about whether my article will or will not perform. Although I could, I don’t even need to think of a topic before I start writing. The writing will lead me where it wants to go. I’m in the zone. Some people call it FLOW, and I’m letting FLOW carries me. There’s no destination and there’s no goal — only the pure unadulterated process of converting thoughts to text.

Grammar is important but not as critical. In leisure writing, I’m the master of the world. If I decide to ignore the curly red lines under a misspelld word, I can, and I just did.

I don’t have to worry about the word counts. I don’t have to worry about boring my readers with starting every sentence with I. I don’t have to worry about deciding headings and formatting.

I can afford to be spontaneous. Unreasonable. Illogical. Crazy even.

I can insert a picture of my cat here for no reason.

I can end my article abruptly.

and I will.

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