I talked about this briefly already, but I’ve been thinking about it more and wanted to expand.
Plain and simple: writing demands a sacrifice of you, the writer. If you’re not willing to pay it, you won’t write.
This was made evident to me during NaNoWriMo; the format of the event forces you to make brutal choices if you want to reach 50,000 words in 30 days. And yes, I mean brutal.
This year, my sacrifices were two:
- The smaller one: I put aside everything writing related in my life (blog posts, my Play-by-Post RPGs, sometimes even my journal) to save all those words for my novel.
- The bigger one, my true pound of flesh: sleep.
A few years back I started getting up at 5 AM to have time to write before the start of the day. That worked for me fairly well, so with the start of NaNoWriMo, I went back to that format, except I would wake up at 4 AM to give myself an hour to do all my waking up prep before being ready to sit down to write. Every day, with few exceptions, this was my routine and I would write my 2000 words for the day between 5-7-ish AM.
It meant that by 10 PM I was beat and ready for bed (though in reality my bedtime is more like 11-12 Midnight), but it was worth it for the burst of fresh creativity I experienced in the mornings.
And you know what? I’m still doing it. And I will continue to do it for the foreseeable future.[ref]We’ll see once I start Nursing school what sacrifice must I make to carve even a couple minutes to write down a few words.[/ref]
So, what about you? What’s your sacrifice? What’s your pound of flesh offered to this cruel mistress, Writing?