One of the most interesting parts of being in such a vast blogging community with so many amazing authors, is that you get to listen to their personal stories of what goes on behind the writing. I always find it fascinating to hear people discuss their writing processes, goals, successes and occasional letdowns. I have been contemplating this as I am at somewhat of a crossroad in my own writing career. So, I have a question for all of you authors/writers/word artists out there.
How do you measure success?
Is it a finished novel? A contract with a publisher? The first royalty check from sales of your work? What do you think defines you as a successful author?
I see many different opinions on this out there in the blogosphere. Some people are just happy to have written something and had someone else read it. Others have much larger goals that will take a while to reach. Do you count the small successes along the way, such as reaching a certain number of sales or finding your author name in a place you had not expected, or is it only the larger goals you count?
Do you find that your initial goals change as you progress further with your work?
Is there an over all way to quantify success or failure in the world of the self-published author, or is it all relative to the individual expectation?
Look Chris, I did a post entirely devoid of swearing. Put away that soap.
Here are a couple of other articles that might catch your interest:
- What an Author Really Means When He says I’m a Slow Writer (renogalsays.wordpress.com)
- Why it’s Important to Support Independent Authors (dianewriting.wordpress.com)
- Do nerves equal passion? (victoria-writes.com)