How to make writing your hobby?

Hobby is any activity we do in our leisure time entirely for our own pleasure and satisfaction, to unwind from the daily grind of life. While there are of course any number of activities you could pursue as your hobby, there are definite reasons why writing should be one of them. If you think writing is not for you and should be left to the naturally creative geniuses, then think again. If you haven’t written anything yet yourself but would to kick start this habit then read on.

Start a journal – This is the easiest and best way to jump start your writing hobby. Keep a journal and record your thoughts. You could do this every day or once or twice a week depending on your work schedule, whatever works for you, but the key is to follow through this plan ritually. Breaks can be a welcome as long as they don’t stretch for too long that it will put you off from continuing your journal writing.

Find inspiration – Writers may seem to have this supernatural ability to spin out best sellers like pulling rabbits out of their creative hats, but it all started with inspiration. You can find avenues for inspiration from anything that catches your fancy – be it books, movies, songs, nature, travel, food, songs, anything, the sky is your limit.

Set time aside – Keep some time aside from your regular activities for getting in touch with your expressive inner self. To inculcate any hobby, it needs to be done at regular intervals. Slacking will only make you lose interest in your newfound hobby in a surprisingly short time. Regularly update your journal. Jot down ideas as and when they occur in a notepad or an app in your smartphone. You might think you can certainly remember so tiny a thought or inspiration that flashed across your brain, but before you know it that little nugget of memory has been crowded by the ever-pressing demands of the present. Even the best of us tend to forget, so it is always better to have your new thoughts or ideas recorded somewhere that’s handy and easy to access any time.

Establish goals – As important it is to set aside time to write, you also need to have some definite goals in mind, especially if you’re a fledgling writer. Read well-established authors in your area of interest to learn their writing styles and try to get some ideas from them. Not to mention, reading will also help improve your vocabulary. When you come across a new word, try to find out the meaning and the context in which it is used, and incorporate the new word in your journal, and if possible in various contexts.

Don’t worry about others – No idea is too silly or little to put down into writing. It’s a reflection of yourself, your thoughts, your journal. Don’t be afraid of what someone might think. At the time of writing, you never know if it might not turn out into the next bestseller. Since you’re writing for yourself, it could be on anything of interest to you, and you may even help someone with unique insights into something issue they’re dealing with. In a nutshell, it should be something you enjoy writing about.

Get feedback – While you’re writing for your satisfaction, gradually as you start to develop more interest, you could ask someone – your friends, family, mentor, or someone you trust – to assess your writing to get their unbiased opinion. You might think your writing is just idle rambling that nobody would be interested in and hence there’s no need to willingly court public embarrassment, but there’s no telling it might not inspire or help someone. Remember that many authors before they became famous were rejected by publishers time and again. So take positive criticism as developmental feedback and hone your writing skills, mine the depths of your creative, emotional, or whimsical side.

Decorate your writing – And lastly, although this is optional, try to decorate your journal or writing space if you have one. You can draw images in margins that will help you remember an idea, you can use cool bookmarks, sketch pens, stickers, etc., to keep you inspired. You could have a quote that speaks to you on the journal’s front cover or page to help you stay motivated. You can get as creative as you like with the decoration. It will not only make your journal look attractive but will also keep you going on days you don’t feel like writing.

At first you may be reluctant to pen your thoughts. You may wonder “What have I got to write that would be worth the paper it’s written on, or why should I even write?” Initially, it may be difficult to express yourself, find the right words, or decide what you’d like to write about, but as many have experienced, once you start, you will find that thoughts just flow effortlessly from your mind to pen. There is the satisfaction of having accomplished something worth your while, the highly rewarding feeling of finding just the right word, of writing that clever turn of phrase, and the vivid imagery that comes to life through your words.

A picture might be worth a thousand words, but it can never replace the beauty of the perfect prose. Years down the line, your personal journal will be a window through which you can look into the younger you – plans you had for the future you’re now living, your aspirations, emotions as you went through the vagaries of life – a verbal trip down the memory lane.