Jim Harrison and Total Commitment
When writer Jim Harrison talked to Esquire Magazine for their "What I've Learned" series, he said something I found so startling, but likely true, that I printed it out and taped it to my desk. He said:
I won't even talk to young writers anymore unless they can give me a good reason. I say, "I don't have any time to talk to you unless you intend to give your entire life over to it, because it can't be done otherwise."
And I think he's right. It can't be done without sacrificing all the other things that get in the way of total commitment. One has to give oneself entirely.