Don’t believe anyone who tells you that you should sacrifice whatever it takes to achieve your dream. It’s not true. Some sacrifices are too great.
In a post she wrote for Courage 2 Create, Jane Friedman (formerly of Writer’s Digest) wrote, “I warn against making big sacrifices when it comes to your everyday happiness because you think, once you reach your writing goals, you will finally be satisfied or fulfilled.”
As writers, we will need to make major sacrifices–and so will our spouses or children–but we need to know where to draw the line.
This is why I changed my ROW80 goal from editing a chapter a day to editing 7 chapters a week. Some days, something truly more important comes up. Tomorrow is a perfect example. My grandfather turned 83 today, and tomorrow we’re having a birthday dinner to celebrate. It means giving up the time I would have normally spent editing our WIP, but I don’t have any guarantee that he’ll have another birthday. That gives his birthday celebration precedence over my writing for the day.
Drawing these lines has actually helped me reach my goals. It gives me permission to take time off for the things that matter, and to give my goals a bigger range (e.g. a weekly goal rather than a daily goal). Which brings me to the point of this post. Even though I missed last week’s check-in, I have achieved my ROW80 goal this week and last week 🙂
How are you all doing? For those of you who are participating and checking in, I’ll be trying to swing by as many of your blogs as possible in the next couple of days.