Writing has never been a hobby for me. Solely because I never wrote before I started studying it. I didn’t think I could. Once I realised that my writing is half-way decent it was what I wanted to do full-time.
Before this I told stories. Some fiction and some fact. I told them to everyone who would listen. I think this was a little annoying to friends and family but I love the fact I started like that. You have to think on your feet and paint a picture in just a few words. As part of my dyslexia software I have voice recognition. So I can tell the stories to the computer and it would type them. But is doesn’t work, the computer gives no reaction and that is how my stories developed. By watching the person I could gauge where the story ought to go. A computer gives no clue.
If I type the story it slows and I see it in a filmic sense. So they are more in-depth. The characters are well-rounded and the stories far more complicated. I can play with imagery and echoes so that the story hangs together with structure. Basically to write a story is very different to telling a story. I love both.
Is my writing an obsession? Yes it possibly is. I am determined to make a living at doing it. My family says I am over-optimistic. I think I am a little, but I can be nothing else. This is my dream and I have to try. In fact I have to believe I will succeed. I have to know I will. So yes my writing is an obsession. 🙂