Do you mean the writer should be completely ruthless?
The writer’s only responsibility is to his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one. He has a dream. It anguishes him so much he must get rid of it. He has no peace until then. Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency, security, happiness, all, to get the book written. If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the “Ode on a Grecian Urn” is worth any number of old ladies.
I’ve heard countless suggestions and accounts from writers that a writer does everything and sacrifices everything to be a writer. I remember my creative writing professor saying that because her husband could not respect her writing sanctuaries, the “husband” became a “has-been.”
I respect writers who devote all they have to their art. And that’s a major reason why I’m terrified to even think about writing as a career. It will take everything, and I don’t know if I’m insane enough for that yet.
What do you think? Does writing necessarily demand your full attention? If so – are you willing to risk it all for your