This is a question writers have to ask themselves a lot. Are we willing to lock ourselves away from others in order to write? Can we give up our favorite TV shows to find time to put words to paper? How much do we want it and what are we willing to give up to get it?
At one time I followed the entire line-up of soap operas in a day. Started with All My Children, segued into One Life to Live, followed by General Hospital, wrapping up with Days of Our Lives. I knew the doings of Blair and Todd and Bo and Hope better than I knew the doings of my own family.
In 2004 I decided to get serious about my writing and gave up all daytime television. I haven’t looked back since. I’ve completed 4 manuscripts, several short stories, and I’m getting published by The Wild Rose Press this year. I would not have done any of those things watching TV all day.
Writing also got me out of the house. I joined RWA National and my local chapter, I have friends, I go to conferences, retreats, and events. I go to my writer friend’s book signings and get out and enjoy life. I meet a friend for coffee each week where we plot our stories and brainstorm new ideas. Things I have time for because no TV.
To some people it wouldn’t seem a hardship to give up the soaps, but those people were my friends, my window on the world, and good practice for storytelling. But like the voice says, “…like sands through the hourglass, these are the days of our lives.” I want to spend mine telling stories, writing books, seeing my name on a book cover, and living.
What do you want enough to give up something very important for? How much do you want something?