So according to the author Melanie Phillips these 3 are all perfect examples of people that should have called it a day after their best works came out. I will not in anyway defend Woody Allen so I have left him out of this but lets look at JK and John shall we.
|JK Rowling doesn't care|
|neither does Colin Firth in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy|
Now lets look at some others that didn't quit whilst they were ahead and are still doing incredibly well shall we. Let's head for six shall we.
Julie Andrews, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Arndt, Brad Bird and Wes Anderson.
If Julie andrews had stopped after she won her Oscar for Mary Poppins we would never have had The sound of Music or even the Princess Diaries.
If Quentin Tarantino had stopped after Pulp Fiction we wouldn't have had Inglorious Bar-stewards, Kill Bill or Django Unchained.
If Michael Arndt had stopped after writing Little Miss Sunshine we wouldn't have had the oscar nominated script for Toy Story 3.
If Brad Bird had stopped after The Iron Giant we wouldn't have had Tomorrowland or The Incredibles.
If Wes Anderson had stopped after The Royal Tenenbaums we wouldn't have had the Life Aquatic of Steve Zissou or Moonrise Kingdom or The Grand Budapest Hotel.
And that is only 6 examples.
So basically do what you love and don't stop. No matter how good you think your last work was you can keep going. Doing well doesn't mean you have to stop EVER. Keep writing, keep acting, keep doing what you do. you'll never please some people but that will never change. Do what you guys do best!