Kicking some habits can be harder than a choir boy in a porn shop.

I have habits. Everyone does. I may not be a coke-fiend who spends half her time selling her appliances to score, and the other half huddled in a corner scratching my skin off, but I do have habits. They just aren’t destructive to my health. They are, however, destructive to my aim at becoming a published author.

I’m a nerd. I make no apologies for it. As a nerd, I adore roleplaying. Give me a character sheet and an awesome Dungeon Master, and I’m in orgasmic heaven. Better yet, show me an awesome play-by-post site, and I’ll start jumping into every available story arc and causing all sorts of gleeful mayhem.

I recently had to kick this wonderful habit. There just isn’t enough time in my day to eat, work, take care of my family, enjoy some roleplay, and write. I considered ditching the whole eating and working thing, but I love me some steak and I enjoy being able to afford things like, I don’t know, a home. So roleplay it was.

That’s what making your dream come true is about sometimes though, right? Sacrifices? I’m so close to getting a polished piece of ELVEN SOUL that I can smell it. I’ve promised myself that I’ll be ready to shop my YA high fantasy by this summer. 

Surprisingly, once I finally decided to buckle down and really get serious about this, to actually give up something I love for this, I’ve been making ground-breaking progress toward my objective. It feels good, and I feel like I matured in some mystical way. As if I’ve leveled up on my to becoming an uber badass author that people sacrifice virgins to (okay, wishful thinking, but you get the idea).

What about y’all? Have you made sacrifices on your journey to becoming a published author? How do you find time in the day to write? Tell me.

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4 Comments

  1. Awww, that sucks that you had to give something that you love up! At least you still get to role play with you’re writing! I’m hoping to give up my day job someday…LOL. Seriously, every day is different for me, even though they are all the same. If I do more marketing, then my writing loses time, if I write more, I don’t market and my son forgets who his mom is. But we all must do what we have to, right?

    Great post!

    1. That is true. Writing a novel is very much like a different kind of roleplay. I used to be heavy into collaborative storytelling (play-by-post roleplay), and so for a long time I got addicted to the fast satisfaction of reading a piece of fiction in direct response to something I wrote. Writing a novel is more a one-sided version of that type of roleplay. Now I’m just addicted to hearing critiques from everyone.

  2. Giving up something now will be worth it down the road. Buckling down and polishing up the novel is one of the most difficult parts. I have faith you’ll get it done and realize this was worth it. You’ll be a bad ass published author soon!

    1. Thanks! I seriously hope it does one day pay off. I’m pretty sure there’s probably supposed to be a life lesson in this whole “buckling down and putting my nose to the grindstone” decision, but I won’t realize it until years later. Lol.

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