This quote is a complete allegory about why writers that have continued to write win out over those that quit.
Stop writing today – and I guarantee what will happen. Keep going – and the possibilities are endless.
Which will you choose?
If anyone is wondering, the answer is yes.
Twenty-five years later, by chance, I won a Pulitzer Prize for Lonesome Dove, after which my times with Ken were never quite the same. In time, if he had continued to write, he probably would have won a Pulitzer too. I now think that the wrinkle in our friendship had been there before my Pulitzer, and had to do with the fact that I had kept writing and he had (mainly) stopped. Once I asked him directly if he intended to write any more novels and he sort of shrugged. “If you’ve made two fairly high mountains why make a third?” he said.
-Larry McMurtry, Literary Life