Assembling these scattered pieces

I must become a great writer. This means investing years of time in writing.

The trouble is that I must also become a really good singer. Guitarist. Strategist. Gamer.

Even “gamer” is misleading because the teamwork skills that aid you in MMO raiding don’t translate to RTSs like Starcraft 2, which requires split-second decision-making and execution. In one game, you manage one character with 40 abilities. In the other, you manage 40 units with different statistics.

I design Portal 2 maps, and I would not rest until I became good at designing them. I stayed up late, got up early, and was working on Portal puzzles probably 40 hours a week in addition to the 50 or so at my day job.

I must also become great at my day job. I’ve earned a couple of promotions within a half decade and don’t intend to stop. Sometimes this requires staying late, working weekends or flying to Orlando to give a guest lecture.

The writers I follow don’t have 37 hobbies and 2 careers. They write in their free time. They might play guitar or sing, design portal puzzles, play competitive strategy games, study chess, edit machinima videos, paint and webdesign.

They do some of these things. But not all of them.

So that begs the question. If I intend to be a great writer, what should I give up?

 

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  • You said it yourself: “The writers I follow[:] they do some things. But not all of them.”

    You are doing the same, but the amount of time is not consistently applied to writing in addition to other activities. You must prioritize what is important, but by no means do you need to drop all the other activities.

    Plus, it helps not having a day job.

    • JasonRPeters

      Very true. I can’t keep using the day job as an excuse though unless I develop a specific financial plan to omit it. Such a plan hasn’t been ruled out, but neither is it possible soon.

    • JasonRPeters

      Very true. I can’t keep using the day job as an excuse though unless I develop a specific financial plan to omit it. Such a plan hasn’t been ruled out, but neither is it possible soon.

  • JG Peters

    Reminds me of an early comment of yours:
    I wonder what Heaven is like………But I’d have to die to find out………..I guess I have a problem, don’t I?

    • JasonRPeters

      That’s amusing; how old was I?

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