Writing : A First Love on the Side

Updated on November 4, 2019
lynnes75 profile image

I have been writing poems and short stories for years, some of which I have published independantly. I also blog. Writing is a loved hobby.

Finding A First Love

Years ago, my older sister asked me, "If you're not doing what you're doing right now, career-wise, what would you do?"

I immediately replied, "Writing."

"Sounds quite ambitious....that's great! What would you write about?"

"Oh you know, maybe poems and short stories at first. I already wrote several poems..."

"That you did," she allowed because I had already showed her a few of my poems. "Quite good too, I think."

"Thanks! Anyway, after a few years, if things work out, maybe I'll write shorts stories. Or a novel. Or a non-fiction work, a topic of interest to me. What do you think?" I asked. I honestly wanted her opinion on if I had what it takes to be a good writer.

My sister replied, "I think you can do it. Your poems are interesting. If you continue, you can only get better."

I felt encouraged. I thought, "I will be a writer."

Did I think that I was particularly good at it? No. But it mattered that someone thought so.

“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it.

That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”

— ― Octavia E. Butler

Always A First Love

Many years and a few career-moves later, I settled on working full-time as a Christian worker. It has been decades since I started my current work, and I dont' regret anything. I love working in the field as a minister.

Did I lose my love and passion for writing?

No.

There were indeed years following my talk with my sister in which I lost interest in continuing writing. Mostly, it was because I was busy pursuing study and then employment at the time. I had ambitions which had nothing to do with writing.

....well, maybe that one time when I wanted to be a reporter. Then I found something better, or so I thought.

Anyway, at the back of my mind, there was always the thought that I would one day write again, even if I settled on a different career I would love.

Then I became a minister, and have been ever since.

“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”

— Virginia Woolf

Love On The Side

How did I return to writing?

Well, I attended a motivational seminar. The speaker said at one point, "If you have a gift, then don't waste it. Use it. Make it grow. Let it be profitable to you, for your self-growth."

As far as motivational speech goes, that one hit me head-on. The impact was unavoidable.

Before that seminar, I had been told by a few people whose opinions I respected, that I had a gift for story telling. They suggested I write up the stories. Incudently, this led to them suggesting that i could be a good writer if I really applied myself to it. Back in secondary school, my english teacher encouraged me to keep writing, after she read a piece I wrote.

The seminar was very timely. I decided to not let my passion for writing fade away, even if I couldn't do it full-time, for various reasons.

Unbridled Passion

When I settled on my current work, gradually I started to write again. A poem here and there, just to get back into the rhythm, to see if I lost my beat. Turned out I didn't, so I grew enough confidence to write my first short stories, for children. Then, I wrote more short stories, a few of which I published independantly online.

Thus, I started to write on the side. I joined a few blogging sites before I started my own site a few years ago.

I find that my current work works quite well in fanning my passion for writing. I use the experience I get on the field to produce ideas. I also have the time.

I think my most pressing problem in not writing would be my own self, in that I might become lazy or unmotivated. Happens to the best of us. Writing blocks only occur when I refuse to entertain ideas which potentially could produce interesting results.

The good thing about writing on the side is that I can write about whatever I like, even if very few people read it. It's important to write because you love it, and that you are passionate about the topics you discuss.

Eventually, when your 'voice' is out there long enough and loud enough, you will gain listeners, or in this case readers.

So write, and keep your passion.

© 2019 Lynne Samuel

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Brenda Arledge profile image

      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      8 months ago from Washington Court House

      I believe that we are all given unique gifts which we should utilize to the best of our ability.

      I know we all stray from writing time and time again...but if it is your true calling you will get back to it.

      It will call to you...you will never get away. It is in your blood.

      Nice write.

    • lynnes75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lynne Samuel 

      9 months ago from Malaysia

      You're welcome, Devika. It is one of mine, too. Glad I could share it.

    • profile image

      Devika Primic 

      9 months ago

      I have a passion for many things in my life but writing is one of my greatest. Thank you for sharing your side of it.

    • lynnes75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lynne Samuel 

      10 months ago from Malaysia

      A familiar parabke, Denise, and yes indeed. Thank you so much.

    • lynnes75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lynne Samuel 

      10 months ago from Malaysia

      Thanks Iqra, for your nice word

    • PAINTDRIPS profile image

      Denise McGill 

      10 months ago from Fresno CA

      I agree that you should always exercise your gifts or they become like the buried talent the unfaithful servant dug up and gave back to the master. Every time you use or exercise it, you become stronger and better. I feel that way about my art as well.

      Blessings,

      Denise

    • Iqra431 profile image

      Iqra 

      10 months ago from Pakistan

      You paint lovely picture with your word... too encouraging... well written

    • lynnes75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lynne Samuel 

      10 months ago from Malaysia

      Thank you for dropping by, LaZeric.

    • lynnes75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lynne Samuel 

      10 months ago from Malaysia

      I agree, Lorna, if not for passion I would have procrastinate forever. I'm glad you found a platform which serves well to highlight your passion as well.

    • trusouldj profile image

      LaZeric Freeman 

      10 months ago from Hammond

      Very encouraging. Thank you for writing.

    • Lorna Lamon profile image

      Lorna Lamon 

      10 months ago

      Well said Lynne and I agree if we are passionate about anything then we will always give it our best. Writing for me is both therapeutic and a way for me to shine a light on mental health issues. I enjoyed reading your article and I'm glad you rekindled your passion for writing.

    • lynnes75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lynne Samuel 

      10 months ago from Malaysia

      Thank you, John. That's encouraging to know. A passion has a way of rekindling itself.

    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 

      10 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Lynne. Thank you for sharing your passion for writing. I always had the passion too, but pushed it to the side for many years to pursue other things. I finally realised that writing is what I enjoy more than any other field of endeavour. I enjoyed reading this.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, letterpile.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)