Writing, Writing Process

Writing: Does Slow & Steady Still Win the Race?

I’ve always been a bit of a tortoise when it comes to my writing.  I have been writing for many years, mainly for the sake of pleasure, yet it has only been within recent years that I have taken my writing a bit more seriously.  My husband has always been supportive (and surprisingly patient for someone who isn’t) of my writing endeavours, but just like the tortoise, publication can take some time.

It always used to amaze me over the years, that I have encountered people who are more like the hare in their writing.  They may only have been writing for a few years, yet they want to be the first at the finishing line.  Naturally, we both want to achieve the same goal, but it leaves me questioning myself.  Have I been too overly-cautious in trying to perfect my craft, believing that good things come to those who wait?  Have I really been too much of a perfectionist and only want to produce my very best before sending it off?  Or do I just secretly wish I had the hare’s enthusiasm, throw caution to the wind and just go for it?  Success in writing, after all, can come to both the tortoise and the hare.

Added to this mix is the fact that I take full responsibility in allowing self-doubts to control my journey to publication.  Perhaps, now as I get older I’m feeling more like the hare, in realising that time is whizzing past and I shouldn’t squander it.

Does slow and steady still win the race?  Are you a tortoise, a hare, or maybe a bit of both?

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