…the idea of work, and from the responses to those stories I surmise I’m not alone in that struggle. Once writing (or art, or creativity in any form) becomes a job, an honest-to-goodness financial necessity have to, instead of a want to, it stops being fun. And when the fun goes swirling down the drain of work, the muse goes right along with it.
Jack Preston King
That is the hard part. Music has been the greatest creative passion in my life. And it became my job. I currently teach guitar lessons for a living. Sometimes I enjoy it and sometimes I dread it. It pays the bills. But I also play in a couple of bands. I get paid a small amount for that when we gig, but I really do it for fun. I need it. It reminds me that I love music and playing guitar. I also write and record music. I don’t do it for money. No one buys music anymore. I do it for the joy of creativity and the hope that someone else will also enjoy it.
If writing is your job, I would suggest you find/create time to write purely for the fun of it. Don’t think about earning money. Consider these stories your after work hobby. Write something you normally wouldn’t. Something fun. Play.