I've almost hit my year mark in writing this blog, which naturally, for me, causes a situation of reflection. But in that, one thing has become abundantly clear.
I have learned so much.
I've learned about blogging and social media and that this community is amazing.
But the most important thing I have learned is that this writing this isn't just a gig for me. This isn't just something I want to do for a hobby, something to occupy my time like crafting is for many women.
I want this as a permanent part of my life. I want this as a career.
Some of you may think "Duh!" but saying that I want that and proving it to myself is two totally different things. Sure, it's easy to get fired up and excited about writing when NaNoWriMo roles around and people are hitting ridiculous goals. Sure, it's fun to attend conferences and meet people who get it.
But I am finally at the point where I'm not just saying it anymore. I'm finally at the point where I am cutting things from my life that aren't contributing to my writing, making decisions to keep myself focused and pushing hard to have writing play the role in my life that I used to say I wanted.
So you want to be published? Prove it. Cut things that are fluff, that aren't allowing your to chase that dream. Obviously there is a need for balance, but balance is equal. Watching a football game (Go Broncos!) once a week is okay, but watching every game in a single day is not balance. If you are saying you deserve a break, make sure you did something during your work to have earned that break (Pinterest isn't work people).
Get your loved ones on board. If they aren't on board, you probably haven't proven to them, yet, how important this really is. Prove it to them through the things you are giving up during your own down time to fill it with writing. Don't give up on them, don't kill that relationship, but prove it through the life choices you make.
Give those goals a chance to happen and do the work to get those dreams out of your head and into your life.
Have you made the tough choices in writing yet? What have you cut to prove to yourself you are a writer? Have any suggestions on good ways to let loved ones know you are serious?