Slow and Steady Doesn’t Always Win the Race

For those that don’t know the story of the Tortoise and the Hare. The Hare challenged the Tortoise to a race, wanting to prove how fast he was. The race started and the Hare took off as fast and can be, but somewhere close to the end of the race he was distracted, though in some stories he decided to sleep. The Tortoise loped along and as he came close to the end the hare awakened and raced to the end, but he was too late. The Tortoise won the race.

I’m sure everyone is aware of the Tortoise’s motto: “Slow and steady wins the race.” This wonderful motto, often repeated, isn’t always the best advice to follow. Yeah, I know that there are those that will disagree with me, and that is okay.

I’ve watched over the years as authors rise fast through the bookstore ranks. Joining others on the bestsellers list, possibly even remaining there for a short while. For a moment in time they’re books are treated like the next hot thing, before they fall into oblivious black hole.

They are the hare. Speeding along the path to fame and riches. If they stop for one moment, if they are distracted, they lost their spot and think they’ve lost the race. They are the ones racing to write book after book, some sacrificing quality for quantity.

I would be tortoise in the story. Yeah, I could write and shove books out into the world at a fast pace, but for me it would sacrifice quality. It’s not something I want out of my business. I don’t want to be known as the hobby hack pretender. I already have enough problems being know as an Indie author. 😀

I’m hoping slow and steady will win this race. Not the race that everyone else seems to be running. I want to win the race to the goals I’ve set for my business. The goals that make this all worth it to me. Those goals aren’t selling the most books, being the most popular, earning the most money, or even being a “true author.”

My goals have always been sharing my stories, writing the stories clamoring in my head, and earning enough money to be comfortable. This means not rushing through a story. Not making the same mistakes I made with writing Loving the Goddess of Love.

5 thoughts on “Slow and Steady Doesn’t Always Win the Race

  1. i tend to like the tortoise over the rabbit approach. It’s why I like to set word count goals for myself on a daily basis, and if I don’t reach the goal that day, I start over fresh the next day. Otherwise, it’s too hectic to try to catch up on days’ worth of word counts.

    I do have to fight the urge to write what’s hot instead of what I’m most passionate about, though. If I am passionate about the story I’m writing, then it’s easy to maintain quality. It’s hard to avoid wanting to write for sales and ranking. I have to keep reminding myself, I started writing back in high school because I had certain stories I wanted to read and couldn’t find them in the bookstores and libraries. I didn’t start writing to make money. There’s nothing wrong with making money or wanting to make it, but I have to struggle to keep the central theme (write for the joy of writing) upfront in my mind. 😀

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    • I prefer the writing “what I like” method over the “writing what is hot” one. It takes a lot of joy out of my job if I follow the trends. The whole reason I chose this job was because I enjoyed it.

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