One of the biggest mistakes writers make is their ongoing search for balance in their writing life.
Balance doesn’t exist, not in the sense that we need it to. You see, balance requires control. We humans cannot control anything externally, much less internally, and when we try, bad things happen. Dr. Claire Lewicki nailed it when she told off hotshot Cole Trickle in this scene from Days of Thunder:
Balance is on par with control, writers. You’re searching for something you will never have.
If that doesn’t convince you, let’s look at balance as being on par with perfectionism. When you’re seeking balance, you’re essentially seeking perfectionism.
And we all know the truth about perfection.
Here is another way to look at it.
Visualize seagulls flying above the beach on a breezy day. Everything’s looking great from their viewpoint, smooth sailing until a crosswind comes along and bumps and…
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