Writing success can be like the story of the tortoise and the hare. The hare accomplishes a lot in a short time, gets tired, and takes a break. The tortoise takes it slow, doesn’t get tired, and passes the hare to win the race.
We sometimes follow the hare’s philosophy in our writing efforts. I know I have. I will spend four to six hours a day on articles or my novel and get a lot done. I feel like a writer on fire.
Then some milestone is reached and I realize life is missing something. It can’t be all writing, working, eating, and sleeping. Relationships are important. Entertainment is important too. I take a week or two off and then find it hard to get back into the writing groove.
The Japanese literary writer Banana Yoshimoto follows the tortoise’s philosophy. She spends half an hour a day writing. Every day. She has published 12 novels and 7 essay collections. Two of her novels have been made into movies. She’s made it as a writer.