Taking Your Writing Seriously

It’s time to decide if this is just a hobby or a career.

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A few years ago, I never thought I would become a writer. I never believed Writing would be such a huge part of my life. To this day, whenever I write, I think about everything that came before. All the words tossed in the bin, all the words never spoken, all the words I have yet to produce.

It’s one of the most significant questions of my life. Since a young age, I have always dreamed of opening up a computer game studio and developing Video Games. It is still buried somewhere in my brain. Now, a decade after first thinking about that dream and having worked in startups and video game studios, I’m not sure that is what I want to do.

But from the first moment I discovered writing, I knew it would walk with me until the end of my days.

Writing allows me to be in ways I hadn’t believed was possible.

Here’s how I take my writing seriously:

  • I’m writing in the morning, before anything else (Well, besides coffee of course).
  • I took Writing workshops.
  • I read a lot.
  • I journal my life a lot. This is important because when you express yourself in writing this translates into better descriptions of emotions. When you describe feelings better, your reader feels better.
  • I consider writing a job even though my day job is in Software Development. Making my writing feel like a job makes everything take on a different meaning. Everything becomes more serious, job-like. If I hadn’t done that, I would have written whenever I feel like it. That can be devastating.
  • I don’t write only fiction. I write personal articles too, just like this one. The pieces are considered more blogging, but occasionally I will throw in a short story or Poetry.
  • Last but not least: I write a lot. Yes. I write. A lot. It seems obvious, but it isn’t. Life can happen, and you still need to be able to write.

This is only the beginning for me. I write because I want to allow myself to be free. Today I’m bound to other things going on in my life. But making writing a priority, especially here on Medium, can set me free. It can also set you free if you choose to write seriously.

What do you decide? What will you become?

Oren Cohen is a Software Development Engineer, Gamer, Geek, and Writer. He is writing in all sorts of topics on Medium, though his passion lies with Fantasy and Video Games.

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Engineer, Dragon lover, and Blogger. He/Him. @theorencohen on Social Media. Visit my home: https://thegeekwriter.com

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