What does it mean to achieve success as a writer?
This is a question that I often ask myself because it seems to be the one question that can help me put my work and career into some sort of perspective. As a writer it is very easy to find things to be discouraged about or to see the world as some patently unfair place. If we are sending work out and entering contests regularly then we are also finding out that we were not selected as the winner or even a finalist and our short story or novel that tooks years to write simply may never be published unless we self publish or do some other act of desperation. As a side note: does the rest of the writing world look down on people that self-publish?
At any rate, we receive rejection on a daily basis even as we see and hear about many new books entering store shelves and read interviews with happy and self satisfied authors who managed to be the one to have their book published. Life for so many of us writers is often like being the starving child watching as yet another cake is placed in the bakery window for some other lucky--and maybe already fat--kid to come along and eat.
This is why it is important to really see what it is you want to be as a writer and define how to get there and understand that success can come in many forms. For me I have always wanted to earn my living as a writer, which is something I am very lucky to be able to do. That is how I define success. Everything else that may or may not come is nothing more than a bit more icing on my cake. Don't get me wrong, I am still very driven to have a best selling novel with my name on it and to find some financial ease for my life, but every time I meet someone new and they ask me what I do, I am very proud to say that I am a writer.
Causes James Buchanan Supports
Expanding health care in the US, ending war as a viable tool of foreign policy, and issues related to social justice in general.