I asked my wife to read some of my work-in-progess the other day (which is a separate blog in-and-of-itself) when she asked me something I hadn’t really thought about. She asked where I wanted to go with my writing. I naturally said I just wanted to get published and succeed, then she followed up with What do you mean succeed?
Success means something different to everyone but it can vary wildly with writers. Some simply want to finish a story with no hope of publication. Some want to be the next Stephen King or John Grisham and sell millions. And then others want to create the next great American novel, sales be damned! Myself I don’t really want any of these things.
I’m not expecting that I will one day be able to depend on writing as my only source of income. I’m also not under the impression that my writing will change the way stories or told, or go on to win dozens of awards. My hope is that I will continue to have the ability to write and have those that want to read what I create. Whether it be my children, a few relatives, a couple dozen followers, hundreds of book readers, or thousands of fans. I enjoy writing and even more-so I enjoy telling stories.
I look forward to the day that I hold a brand new book in my hands that happens to be my own creation, with my name scrawled on the front and features a picture of my ugly mug on the author bio. I look forward to the day that someone is waiting to read my next story and picks it up the day it is released. Simply knowing there are people traveling in the worlds I have created, interacting with the characters that have sprung forth from my demented mind, and enjoying the experience I have crafted for them. Whether it be one or one thousand, it doesn’t matter much to me.
So basically success to me means continuing to tell stories to those that are interested. What is your success?