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Life is a scale that hangs in balance. For everything in life, there is an extreme left and an extreme right. Don’t take in too much starch, don’t take in too little starch. Don’t focus too much on work (and thus neglect your family), don’t focus too much on your family (and neglect your work, leading to financial troubles). Don’t spend all your time alone, don’t spend all your time with other people.
The list goes on, but you get the idea. Everything is on a scale and we’re battling to get the balance just right. The same goes for writing.
I could talk about balancing planning too much and planning too little, but what I’d rather touch is writing too much and writing too little.
You’d think there isn’t such a thing as writing too much, but there is. And with all these ratios, the amount of weight needed per side to get it into balance differs for each person.
The main point is, don’t neglect life in order to write. Find an equal balance. Stephen King says in On Writing, “Life isn’t a support-system for art. It’s the other way around.” Henry David Thoreau said, “How can you sit down to write until you have stood up to live?”
Writing is an odd practice, for it feeds off the other activities in life. If you make your life’s work chess, you can concentrate solely on chess every day (but you should, of course, balance out chess with relaxing and family etc.), but with writing, you need other experiences to write. You have to live before you can write about living.