Friday, July 30, 2010

How do you define success in your writing?

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How do you define success in your writing? Is it:

Snagging cool, awesome agent

Getting a humongous advance

Becoming a clone of JK?

Having a feel good feeling when you're in the bookstore and actually watch someone pick up your book and buy that wondrous thing?

Being invited to Oprah. (Come on, admit it.) *wink* *wink*

Just writing your stuff, no matter the outcome.

Actually all these are possible. But for me it's just writing the novel and having a chance for it  to be published. Just the chance. How about you? Oh, and er, yeah, the Oprah thing too. *wink* *wink*


  1. Success for me is when others read it and feel the same things I feel when I write it. Contest is almost over:( ENTER PEOPLE!!! PLEASE!

  2. I have to admit...all of the above! :)

  3. Okay - I agree with you totally on this one. Take advantage of this moment of weakness on my part . . . though I'm still rooting for the Terrific Titans. Ha!

    Success, to me, is writing, everything else is, well, bonus! Of course, if we want to be on Oprah, we're going to have to make it snappy!!!


  4. Yep, more and more I think about this, and the answer to success has to be in every day living the journey to the goal, no matter what the goal is.

  5. I've actually felt the most successful in writing when I've finished a story. That awesome sensation of accomplishment is just so strong. I usually get really worried when I sell a book to a publisher and think things like, "Oh no. People are actually going to read my book now. What if they don't like it. What if my editor wants changes I don't know how to fix? Yikes."

  6. I guess success for me is being published and having someone say, "Hey, I really enjoyed your book." :)

  7. Writing for the Audience of One. Period.

  8. I think for me, success is having the courage and endurance to sit there and keep writing. I have to constantly tell the voices in my head that scream "YOU CAN'T DO IT" to shut up. :)

  9. Success for me is continuing to improve as a writer, or at least contining to push myself to improve.

    Have a great weekend:-)

  10. I think the biggest thing for me would be having people tell me they loved a book I wrote, that it resonated with them. But I wouldn't mind a hefty advance so I could write on!

  11. Right now, success is putting all I have into something I've written and not giving up. Have a wonderful weekend, friend!

  12. Hi Robyn..well all of the above will be a good thing.
    But having readers tell me that they loved my books and are waiting for my next book will be awesome.
    Have a nice weekend!

  13. I would like to invite you to visit my blog. I would love to get your comments on some of my recent posts.

    God Bless!

  14. Great question, Robyn!! Success, to me, is writing for God. Listening to Him. Writing stories that draw me nearer to Him. Getting read by others and having those stories inspire faith and encourage/uplift people! Getting published would be awesome. It's something I pray for everyday. But I can be successful w/o it.

  15. For me it's when I feel "well done, my good and faithful servant" He puts on my heart after I've written that which He tells me (often those come with a whack upside the back of the head like Gibbs does to Tony on NCIS!). I love to sit back once it's all on the screen, read it, and wonder in amazement "wow, where'd that come from!?!"...yet, knowing all too well from whom it came! I've started out small (church newsletter) & touched countless people from what they've told me. Then in February 2010 I had a great turnaround in my life & faith ...and He's opened the opportunity for me to blog. I believe for now this is where He wants to speak through me to touch others & tell them what HE knows they need to hear. I'll go further with the gift of writing as He directs. For now, I'm just thankful to have this outlet to reach others for His glory!

    Please stop by to visit & follow. I welcome any comments you have to share.

    Blessings ~ Merana

  16. I never thought in a million years that success to me would be self-publishing a novella and marketing it myself. I thought I might be ashamed at that point, but I'm very satisfied with the creative achievement I've attained. No matter the outcome, I'm very proud of my book!

    I used to think success was getting an agent, and even though I still plan on getting one in the future, that will not define my success at all.

    Great post!

  17. Now only if Oprah would call.... LOL.

  18. I will take one of each, if you don't mind:)

    How are you, friend?

    Blessings and hugs,


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