Wednesday, September 1, 2021

IWSG & Success!

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. He, his clones, minions, friends, and fellow authors make it an amazing event every month.

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Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! 


September 1 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?

For me, success is a moving target.

On any given day, any of these mean success:

  • feeling good about the words I've put on the page
  • knowing I had my first short story chosen for a great anthology
  • someone buys one of my books
  • drafting over 1k words in a session
  • a reader leaves a positive review
  • a payment from one of the retailers lands in my bank account
  • I manage to write a scene I've been avoiding
  • an idea for a new scene/book/series/character lights up my day
  • I edit a scene and it's so much better
  • I can provide feedback for another author
  • I can help a newbie writer - even though I feel like I'm in that category myself
  • I manage to plot out a book...
Oh, wait! That last one is totally impossible!

Success is relative and changing. To be honest, I rarely give it much thought! Instead, I just focus on the next step.

How about you? What does success mean to you? When was your last successful moment?