I read something yesterday that I want to post here. Although it’s in the context of advice to young writers, for me it’s a good reminder for those times when I feel like I’m not accomplishing enough, or like work is what’s creating my life, instead of seeing how it’s the other way around.
Onward. Once you’ve truly begun, slow down. The difference between publishing two good books and forty mediocre books is terribly large. Don’t expend energy in writing and publishing that would be better used in your family or community. Become tempered by life. Make compromises for love. Provide a service to the world. These experiences form the adult mind. Without them both you and your work will remain juvenile.