What is Success in Writing? #IWSG #amwriting
[I wrote this post as a member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our worries and also offer support and encouragement to each other on the first Wednesday of every month. If you’re a writer like me and you’re looking for a bit of support, you can click the link and sign up here]
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Success has multiple definitions.
Google helped me with three different ones: The accomplished aim or purpose, the attainment of popularity or profit, and finally, a person who achieves a desired goal either financially or personally.
I have a friend who is an incredibly successful romance writer. Her journey fascinates me, how she started off as a self published author quickly picked up by publishing division at Amazon because of her audience interest, and now bam, she’s out there traveling the world, marketing her books and making her dream list come true.
I think she’s amazing and talented. She’s living the dream. She’s developed a really great techy niche for herself in Romance.
Romance just isn’t my forte.
This month’s IWSG post asks; “What do you love about the genre you write in most often?”
I think author Isaac Asimov sums it up perfectly why I choose Young Adult, maybe middle grade one day:
I choose YA because of what it means to me and those young people I’ve worked with. I like thinking gentle guidance and strong themes and characters may impact their worlds.
So what is success? In my eyes, it is all the little achievements that amount to something great. It’s following through every day with a dream you hold dear to the heart. I like the definition of meeting personal goals. Maybe that’s success.
Currently, I haven’t met my own personal goals yet in writing, but I don’t plan to give up anytime soon. I’m on the home stretch of my work in progress at 61,500 K with three scenes left to go. I’m biting my nails. I’m scared the ending won’t amount to the build I’ve created. I know this is a first draft. Sigh. I know first drafts are never perfect.
Happy Wednesday, all. How did you decide on your genre? Have you ever tried a different genre just to try it? What happened?