Monday, 21 January 2013

Are you a Hobbyist or a Passionista?

Is Passionista even a word? 
Maybe not. Guess, I just wanted to catch your attention and I’m one of those writers who simply hate it when readers ignore my writing. Some would say that’s the trait of an obsessed person.  I would say it just makes me a person who’s passionate about writing. Just as there are people who are passionate about cars – they can rattle off the names, makes, model numbers and a gazillion other details about every car that ever rolled off the assembly lines since Model T was manufactured. There are those who are passionate about fashion and are walking-talking encyclopedias about the great fashion houses, designers and models. Then there are those who take their passion for sport to stratospheric levels. 
I simply obsess about writing. The obsession has made me troll Internet sites in search of tips and tricks. It has made me spend hard earned money on books about writing, doing writing-related courses. For me, the difference between being a hobbyist and a passionista is the level of obsession that you have for something. How far are you willing to go to become a published author? If your entry in a writing contest were to be rejected would you just throw in the towel (or in this case, the pen) and shrug it off? If you’re one of those who can’t shrug it off but persist in your commitment to becoming a better writer, then you’re a passionista. 
Like Stephanie Meyer, author of the Twilight Series whose book was rejected time and time again. 
Like Stephen King, who received 30 rejections for his first book. 
Like J.K. Rowling who didn’t let single motherhood, depression and rejection come in the way of her pursuing her dream of writing the Harry Potter series.
Like Jack London who got 600 rejection slips but went on to write the hugely popular White Fang and The Call of the Wild
They persisted and persevered and look where their passion got them. But it wasn’t success or fame that mobilised them. It was their passion for writing that kept them going – their love for writing. 
Obsess about your writing. And don’t quit! Be a passionista! 
Happy obsessing! ;) 
Adite Banerjie


  1. this article was really inspiring and certainly I am a passionista too..:)

    1. That's the only way to be! ;) Thanks for reading and commenting, Vandana!

  2. Fab post adite... loved it! - Mahi

  3. Lovely new word, Adite. Inspiring post :)

  4. So true, perseverance is the key!