Want to survive, even thrive, as a writer? Then take the TURTLE approach. Enjoy!
Develop a thick shell. The business of writing is not all butterflies and daisies. It’s hard work with a steep learning curve and lots and lots of guaranteed opportunity for rejection. But if, like a turtle, you can develop a few callouses, or preferably a nice thick shell, you can let those rejections, doubting comments etc. bounce right off.
Be at peace with the slow pace of it all. The publishing world is notoriously slow. Accept that, then use the time to bask in the sun, soaking up new story ideas and savoring the process.
Take time each day to retreat into your shell. As writers it’s important to set aside quiet time to write each day. But if long “retreats into your shell” are hard to muster, take heart – good writing can’t be done in total isolation. It’s also important to mosey along in the outside world for that’s where you will find your inspiration!
Bury your eggs for awhile before letting them go. I’ve learned over time, that my best stories and poems are the ones I let sit for a while, so I can re-examine and improve them before sending them out for consideration to editors. My ideas, at least, improve with age.
Don’t expect every egg to be viable. Not every idea is a winner and that’s okay. The important thing is to keep producing eggs, er stories, for in every batch there will surely be a few good eggs, or maybe more than a few.
Happy writing, all!
19 thoughts on “Write like a TURTLE!”
GAH! Writing really IS like a turtle! Great analogy! You’re wise to put the thick shell as #1…
What a brilliant analogy! Thanks for a perfect post about turtles and eggs, about writing and rewriting, about letting the rejections roll off your shell. And there is also the joy of anticipating the egg that hatches!
You’re so good at these analogies, Laura! I like this turtle approach!
Thanks, ladies. I just LOVE writing analogy posts. Thanks for reading them. =)
Excellent! This analogy is actually comforting and reassuring for me. Thanks!
LOL! I love that. And I’m pretty sure that turtles are my spirit animal. OK. Going to go bask for a while.
I need to bookmark this post so I can come here and relax when I’ve got the crazies!
That was a great analogy! Love it. It does remind me of myself for all those reasons and that my process IS on the slow side. My motto: “It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop.” ~Confucius
I agree with you 100%, Romelle. Moving forward, even if slowly, is all that matters. Great quote. =)
This is my new favorite writing analogy! Thanks Laura!
Laura, what a great analogy! I’m printing this one out 😀 Thanks!
With all the waiting in publishing, being in a rush is a sure way to drop out and do something else. For that matter, even *waiting* should be a no-no. Turtle it is. 🙂
Love this analogy! Turtles rule! I’d also add that a writer, like a turtle, gets nowhere unless he sticks his neck out once in a while.
Yes! That is an excellent addition to the analogy. Good thinking.
This is not only clever, but oh so true. Thanks for the encouragement, Laura!
I love this! We have so much to learn from the humble turtle.
I’ve been trying to hop way too fast lately! Thanks for this reminder! Such a great post 🙂
Great analogy, Laura. Thanks!