I found this picture and I couldn’t help but think it embodies the philosophy of single-minded pursuit. Writing is hard. There are so many demands on our time, and plenty of opportunities to skive off. But if you want to finish that book, get that project out there, get closer to fulfillling your dream (or living it to the full, if you are already published) then you need to make a plan.
I have a lot of excuses I could make at the moment for not working. I just moved to a new country, I’m trying to find a house and I am living in a small apartment with two children under the age of 7 in the midst of a very rainy season. Can anyone say cabin fever?
But while that may have passed scrutiny for a week or so, I have not let it become an ongoing reason for not working. I want certain things too much. And I’m prepared to work to realize my ambitions.
Not everything in this business is within my control, but I can control my attitude, and the time I put into my work. This means sacrifices, in my case, no television whatsoever, when all I want to do is go into a semi-vegetative state, so I can work when the terrible two are asleep. They are going through a huge transition at the moment, and they seem to need me a lot more than they did before while they settle into a new life. I’m sure when we get our rental house and they start school, things will get easier there.
It sometimes helps to take a step back and realize that you DO make sacrifices to write. That you do forego some things in order to further your writing career. What sacrifices do you make to get the job done?