Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.
Rainer Maria Rilke
There are few things that I consider to be rules in writing. As far as I can see, any method goes, as long as one gets the work written. And that's why I consider this to be a rule, because without it, I don't think someone can finish a project.
My rule: One must have passion for writing.
I'm sure that a lot of non-writers will look at the rule and think that I'm stupid. After all, anyone can write anything down. At any moment. That's probably why so few people understand the challenges involved in writing a story. So many people write (correspondence, statements, reports etc.) that they think that all writing is as easy. It isn't.
On the contrary, it's damnably hard more often than not. And NOTHING prepares you for the challenges of writing a novel, except for writing a novel. Because, while most people write more than 50k words in e-mails etc. in (say) a few months, it isn't meant to be read as a single understandable story. There's no need to develop a thrilling plot, there's no need to create and get to know characters. There's no need to stick with the exact same story for as long as it takes to finish it.
Writing is full of challenges, rejections and other obstacles. It takes sacrifice. Especially of time. Writing isn't something to do in a few weeks without noticing. It's something that needs to be prioritized.
So many people say that they want to write but don't have time... Well, I can safely say that none of us writers have time. We make it. We put writing way up there on our lists of priorities, with family, God and breathing.
If it wasn't for that commitment, no story would ever be finished.
Anyone disagree with me? Why or why not? How high is writing on your list of priorities? Do you find that a shift or writing up or down your priority list influences your writing?