I realize this has been talked about before... I'm very much a hobbyist writer. In fact, before I started on my WIP I didn't think of myself as a writer (of fiction) at all. Of course writing takes time and, while I enjoy it, there is no doubt that it's also work. My problem is that I have other tasks that must be completed that are also intellectually stimulating work. Thus whenever I work on my story I feel a cloud over my head from which a voice emanates saying, "you should really be working on something else." It isn't pleasant, and it takes away from the enjoyment of writing. Clearly some kind of balance is necessary. My current plan is to just allow myself some limited time for creative writing, even if only 30 minutes per day. That doesn't seem to be working very well for me, though. I'm wondering how others manage this problem.