Writing can be a therapeutic outlet. A person can pour his emotions into a journal and come away from the writing as refreshed as someone who’s soaked his troubles away in a hot tub. An angry letter can vent off the strongest feelings of rage, allowing the writer to spout off before ripping it to pieces and writing a calmer, more rational complaint. Penning a letter to a friend, a “thinking of you” note, or a “congratulations!” card helps to keep people connected. Writing a blog allows thoughts to be shared and an opinion to be voiced in a larger forum.
Writing as a hobby is much different than writing as a career. Hobby writing can be sporadic, disjointed, informal. It is done for the writer’s own pleasure or for the pleasure of family and close friends. My dad used to write poems, but he never wanted to make a career out of it. Meaning no disrespect, I can honestly say he would not have been able to. But he enjoyed it and it was a great stress relief for him when he had a lot on his mind.
Writing with the goal of being a published author carries a different weight. There is a responsibility toward a certain standard of quality, and when that standard isn’t met, readers become resentful at having spent their money on a bad product. Writing may be beneficial to you emotionally, but if you want to benefit financially, effort must be made to put out the best book you can. Time must be invested for writing and rewriting. Money must be spent for edits and cover art. Effort must be spent in marketing and promotion.
Commit to excellence and the effort it takes, or enjoy the writing for its own sake and don’t try to make money from it. You can’t do both.