The concept of balance has come up a couple of times lately. It’s important to both physical and mental health — you have to balance the bad you eat with the good, the activity with inactivity, the demands on your time with the needs of your soul, etc.
There are all kinds of balance in writing, too. You want a good balance of narrative versus dialogue or romance vs suspense; your hero and heroine need to balance each other; your descriptives have to balance the pacing. You have to promote your book and maintain your online presence while still protecting your writing time so that there will be a next book to promote.
You have to find the proper balance when it comes to critique or contests; you need to figure out which suggestions have merit, which don’t and which to use (just because they have merit doesn’t mean they fit your vision of your story). You have to learn how to put your heart and soul into a manuscript and yet still be able to detach those emotions and view it as purely business.
You’ve got to recognize the line between standing up for yourself and your story and shooting yourself in the foot. And you’ve got to realize that writing isn’t everything. It’s important, but so is family. Friends. Not writing. (Got to refill that creative well sometime.)
Writing is a passion, and it makes a wonderful career,once you find all those important balances.