Recently, I've decided to start a new hobby, and when thinking about what I would want to pick up, writing came to mind. Growing up, I have always enjoyed reading novels and have always played around with ideas and stories in my head nearly every single day. In fact, when I was around 12, I even tried to write a script for a story, but I never completed it.
Anyway, I consider myself to be more of a visual person, imagining these stories in my head as a movie or TV show more than I would as a novel. I also occasionally have fantasies where I'm a movie/TV director, or even an actor. Furthermore, I find it hard to imagine writing a full novel, mainly because I don't feel like I am very good at writing prose, and even writing a complete but short novel would be a struggle for me. All of this leads me to think that I should try my hand at screenwriting rather than novel writing.
However, I've been doing some reading both here and on Screenwriting, and it seems like it's generally agreed upon that due to the format, a script that doesn't eventually get turned into a movie or TV show is unlikely to be read by anyone, even for leisure. While there are some people who write screenplays for fun and with no intention of getting them turned into films, I don't think I could be satisfied doing this. Yes, my main intention would be writing as a creative outlet and for fun, but I think I would want to be able to eventually share some of my writing with others, maybe even with my friends. I feel that it would be hard for me to stay motivated to finish an entire script, knowing that nobody will read it other than myself.
As much as I would love to write scripts and turn them into short films, I don't think I would be able to, at least for the forseeable future. I'm currently working towards another career which I'm passionate about, and this would only be a hobby that I would be spending my free time on. I'd imagine the amount of time and financial commitment I would have to put in in order to produce something that I am able and proud to share would be too much for the amount of commitment I'd be willing and able to spend.
So, here's my dilemma. I feel that I would be more passionate and interested in screenwriting, but the fact that it would probably never get to a point where I am able to share my work and stories with others would kill my motivation to finish any projects. I am slightly interested in trying my hand at writing a novel, but I don't feel as strongly about it and don't want to waste my time on something that I might not enjoy (due to my lack of passion).
Looking for any advice or words of wisdom. Thanks for reading 🙂