Except for me, it isn't a sacrifice to forgo one activity or another to achieve your goals. When I take a chunk of time and use it for writing, it's not a sacrifice. There are a lot of other things I could be doing during that time, but none as important as writing. When I miss prime time TV so I can write, it's not a sacrifice. I love my shows, but I love my writing more. When I lose sleep over a story - either because I'm up late writing or because I'm laying in bed kvetching over it - it's not a sacrifice. I can sleep another time when things aren't so pressing. And my sanity? Well, that's questionable anyway. LOL But I can find ways to regain it once the crazy time has passed.
But then again, maybe it's all a matter of perspective. Personally, if I felt like I had to sacrifice something in order to write, I'd begin to resent the act of writing. After a while, it would eat at me so much I'd never be able to get the words on the page because the whole time I'd be feeling guilt over what I had to sacrifice to take this time to write. Maybe that's just me. Could be that other people view it differently and feel noble that they were willing to make a sacrifice for their art. :shrug: I don't get it, but to each his own.
What do you think? Is giving an hour a day (or whatever time you devote) to writing a sacrifice? What do you give up in order to write?
** Eight days to NaNoWriMo. Stay tuned for fun and interesting NaNo related posts.