The Life of Aeschylus

posted Jul 15, 2018, 9:37 AM by David Alan Binder

The Life of Aeschylus

Aeschylus was a great Greek and a great master of writing tragedy’s.

Actually, he is the first of three great masters.

Why does this matter?

When he was of the age of 25 he began competing for the tragic prize for writing.  He competed for 12 years until he was finally victorious.

 

Twelve years is a heck of a long time to write without reaching that particular goal.  Which proves to me that writing is not about attain any prize or that kind of goal.  It is about writing solely.  Everything else is extraneous.

 

I’ve interviewed many authors and there are a few that had success relatively quickly.  However, for the most part the majority are pluggers and chuggers.  Ones who perform a daily (mostly) exercise of writing. 

Those are the real winners and victors.

If you write daily that is a routine that will pay off in the long run.

Remember it is not a race. 

Seth Godin applied this to readers, but it also applies to writers as well, in his article on “How far behind?):

https://seths.blog/2018/06/how-far-behind/

 

As far as I’m concerned you are never behind, you are just where you need to be and learning what you need to, to then gain access to the next phase or level.

 

As a side note, Aeschylus is said, to have died by an eagle, which dropped a tortoise on his head.

The lesson from that great tragedy is, “Don’t walk under flying eagles carrying tortoises.”

 

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