This post was written for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our encouragement or insecurities on the first Wednesday of the month, to join the group or find out more click here.
OPTIONAL IWSG DAY QUESTION:
How do you define success as a writer? Is it holding your book in your hand? Having a short story published? Making a certain amount of income from your writing?
I don’t think any of us woke up one morning and said, “Writing is easy money. I think I’ll do if for a living.”
However, many of us have woken up bursting with inspiration and crafted something meaningful—possibly beautiful. Something that had to come out. Not to share. Not to become a star. It was simple, sharp, and so personal that tears glimmered, and throats ached.
At that moment, a truth of raw humanity was written down.
“Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life; it’s about what you inspire others to do.”—Unknown
As a youngster, I captured my truths in poetry. It was dark, dripping with loss and attempting to reach through the barrier between the living and the dead. The spirits that haunted me were beyond my reach. Familiar and comforting wasn’t what followed my readers home and hid under their beds.
I still am an acquired taste.
“If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.”—Walt Disney
Then swing back to writer until your next work is ready to be published or preformed.
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”—Albert Schweitzer
Whichever road you take, there are degrees of success.
Are you holding a copy of your printed work? Who wouldn’t be thrilled! Congrats.
Are you out promoting your work? Yay! You’ve adjusted to the spotlight and are moving forward with your marketing plan.
Are people lined up to enjoy your work? You’ve found your fans! I can’t think of anything sweeter.
Personal versus Professional…
What does your eye behold?