Last week I wrote a story about a man who seduces a young woman, takes her to his luxury cabin in the woods, has his way with her, and then sacrifices her to the demons that keep him in his way of life. So I thought that this might be a good time to talk about making sacrifices as a writer.
I don’t mean that you need to go out and make a deal with the devil (although I wonder sometimes about Stephen King). What I mean is that in order to be a good writer you have to dedicate yourself to your craft. You will have to give up some things, like television, movies, even reading, in order to spend more time writing.
Now don’t get too discouraged. I’m not saying that you need to cut yourself off completely from the rest of the world. Books, movies, music, and television shows can give you inspiration for your writing. Even the most pathetic sitcom can be a guide to how someone might react if they were put in a situation that spun out of control.
The idea, though, is that you need to be careful with how much time you spend away from your writing. When you decide to spend two hours watching a movie, consider first whether or not you will still be able to get some writing done that day. Or make sure you do your writing before you go to the movie.
Writing is a calling for some, and a job for others. The trick is to make it a little of both. Dedicate a part of every day to putting words on the page, and then you can make sure that you also have time for yourself as well.
That’s about it for today. I started a new story about a treaty between men and monsters today. Kind of a preparation for Halloween next week. I am also thinking about doing a true Halloween story next week as well, but I haven’t figured out yet what it will be. Tune in again next Sunday to find out!