It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

I’ve read this before in many writer’s websites (usually indie authors): “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.” It refers to the idea that writing is a long-term thing (if you want to be successful), which means that it’s not about being able to publish a book each month or two. It’s about QUALITY over quantity. It’s how long your relationships have lasted over how many relationships you’ve had.

I know many people have heard about “Hamilton”, and over thousands of people love its songs. I mean, Lin-Manuel Miranda is brilliant!

The musical garnered a lot of awards (around 11), including Best Original Score and Best Musical.

But “Hamilton” wasn’t created in a day. Or even 12 months. It took over more than 6 years for this masterpiece to come together. And when Lin-Manuel Miranda performed the first piece at the White House, it was quite different. To be honest, I’m glad it took that long because the Hamilton songs are amazing! Imagine if Lin-Manuel hadn’t taken the time to polish the songs.

This is the first version of “Alexander Hamilton”. Now compare that to the current one. You know you love the latter more!

There were many writers who took 10 to 50 years to finish a novel, but not because they were lazy. They Many of them had day jobs and other things to mind.

But that’s the thing, isn’t it? You don’t have to kill yourself finishing a novel within a week if you can’t. If you want to boast having written 10 books a year, sure, but do you want to be the Fastest Writer in the world? Is that what you’re aiming for? If it isn’t, then settle down and just write.

If you have a regular job, then write during your free time. Write when your baby’s asleep. Write when the house is quiet. Write when it’s not your shift. It might take months or years, but you won’t get fined for delaying (unless if you’re already a writer who has signed a contract with a publishing company – which is another story).

So take your time if you must. Don’t beat yourself up over not being quick enough. If you see your friends getting published left, right, and center. Keep your calm. And write on.


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