If you want to make money as an unknown writer, get rid of your TV. Yep, seriously. Suddenly you’ve freed up what, 2 or 3 hours a night? That’s 21 hours a week where you could be hammering on your practise and getting better.
It’s like giving yourself a part-time job on top of your full-time job. That’s what it’ll take to start cranking out the kind of content that your audience will pay for and enjoy.
It’s the idea of singleness of purpose. The philosophy that when you’re not asleep you’re doing that one thing, hour after hour, until it’s time to sleep again. When you’re awake, you’re doing that thing you live for and want to master.
It’ll become your TV, your movies and your games. It’ll replace all those distractions because you’ll get it to entertain you instead. Cut out the garbage of those distractions and you won’t just improve gradually, but visibly. The more you can focus every waking thought on that thing you love, the more you’ll see results.
If that sounds like obsession, that’s because it absolutely is. People talk about obsession like’s a bad thing or a disorder. It’s up to you whether you buy that or not. It’s up to you whether you change up your thinking and start straight-up beating on your craft to master it, or whether you give up and go and watch TV. Divide your attention up into the fifty million things your TV spits at you every day, or focus all that attention on a single occupation that fulfills you, and start seeing results.