Sunday, January 15, 2017

Writer's $ense: How do writers measure 'Success'?


Each year my blog tries to cover topics about writing, writers, and books.  The initial 2017 blog aims to stimulate writers to think about how they measure success.

Let me first state, when I worked in the corporate world all employees had to write goals and create cognitive statistics to support their contributions to the company's bottom line.  It was easy to do when you wrote policies, procedures, newsletters, manuals, and training materials. Your work was a commodity and it was valued. You felt successful.

Today I write poems and stories. I live with pencil, paper, and "Siri." They serve as vaults for my spontaneous ideas. I write for nonprofits, write not one, but two blogs, and have a presence on several social platforms. Yet when someone meets me and asks "What do you do?"

I answer, "I'm a writer."

They respond, "What books have you published?"

I stand back, smile. and say, "In due time, books are a process."
Either they change the subject or I do.

Think about this my writing colleagues. Is writing only judged by 'published books?' Tell me, is this the only way individuals see a writer? It really astounds me that my blogs and my volunteer publications aren't considered writing. Will I become a writer when a small section of my work is available on Amazon or at the local book store?

Many talented, bright, and creative individuals write with passion and commitment. They work full time jobs and maintain relationships. They find those precious calm moments and write. They submit their work to literary magazines, agents, and online publications.

Readers, please help me here. How do you describe "success" as a writer?





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