Think of James Franco.
Screenplays, director, novelist, poet, actor.
Is he talented or does he just have more time than you?
I was reading this interview with the novelist Justin Taylor, and he was talking about his poetry:
Over the years, I realized that there had to be a certain economy of effort, and that someone couldn’t or shouldn’t — couldn’t more than shouldn’t, perhaps–do everything. I decided that the world didn’t need my mediocre poetry, and attempts to inflict it on it.
Is he right? Will he create better stuff by focusing on just novels and prose? Or is there a season for doing different things, like poetry, then novels, then a screenplay or whatever?
What do you think?