I don't make money so, according to everyone else, it's a hobby. A hobby, to me, is a sweet diversion you can take or leave. A hobby is an interest, warming without burning. Writing is the thirst I can't slake. Writing can be a hobby for some, but it isn't for me.
Saying my writing is a hobby lets people put it in the "frivolous" category, especially since I'm disabled. It is considered an act meant to fool me into thinking I'm participating in a valuable pursuit instead of my writing legitimately being that valuable pursuit. It strips it of seriousness.
If society can strip away how hard I work on my craft, society can justify not having a place for my art. Other (able-bodied) people agonize over every word, but her poetry is a mere hobby. I won't need a place at a conference for writers because I won't be seen as a true writer... dedicated and willing to work. I won't need access to programs for writers because I'll be "clogging a spot" on the list.
People taking disabled and/or neurodivergent writers seriously isn't the only problem with the industry, but it's a big one.
And then... there's me. What does stating that writing is a job-- my job, do for me? A lot! It gives me the confidence to take risks. It reminds me I've accomplished something, even during months I'm too sick to write a word. It lets me look at the locked doors to the "Literary Community" and say I, cripple extraordinaire, belong inside like everyone else. I just need to find the accessible entrance.