August 9, 2012 · 6:27 AM
In the land of writing, there can be only one goal.
If there were any other goal, there wouldn’t be a point to the whole thing. Right? But we should probably take a step back and define success as it pertains to the writing life.
Most of us who write do so because it is completely incomprehensible to do otherwise. We endure the frustrations, the writer’s block and the lack of inspiration so that the deepest part of who we are can fulfill that which we believe we’ve been called to do. Write. Right?
The success of it all comes in so many forms. A profoundly written description. A brilliant plot coming to life. Characters who take on personalities of their own. A story that makes you cry (in a good way, of course). Even simply writing a book to the very end is success, regardless of how bad you think it is. NaNo participants will understand what I’m talking about here.
Success can also be far-reaching when that agent loves your book so much that they sign you on the spot to write a trilogy that includes a movie deal and takes care of your financial needs for life. This is rare, folks. Very rare.
The why of what we do as writers is intrinsically individual. But the underlying reason for all of us is that we just know we have to. Non-writers don’t get it. And that’s okay. Our success is not defined by opinions of the naysayers. It’s not based on word count or number of pages completed. And it’s certainly not dependent on whether or not we ever publish a book.
Success as a writer is yours to define.
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June 28, 2012 · 7:53 AM
People have a multitude of excuses for everything. Excuses for failure. Excuses for committing crimes. Excuses for bad relationships. Excuses for lying or unemployment or just plain laziness. You’ve heard them. I came from a broken home. I had a rotten childhood. I was bullied. I’m not smart enough. It wasn’t my fault. While all of these are unfortunate circumstances and they do have some bearing on how you approach life experiences, at some point a decision must be made. Will you let the past dictate your future?
I know people who have purposed to fulfill their potential – to set goals and achieve them – despite what has happened in their past. They’ve overcome obstacles that many would say were impossible. And they’ve succeeded.
When you look at the behaviors of successful people, you see a pattern. They are joyful and positive and creative. They look at what is and what can be instead of what is not. They make their own decisions about life instead of simply accepting what others tell them. And most importantly, they are successful because they believe they are successful.
I’ll say here that it’s impossible to be successful if you are negative. Your attitudes affect your behavior. Totally true. But it’s also true that your behavior determines your attitude. You make the choice to be positive or to be negative. Every time you put on an attitude and go through the motions, you trigger the emotions you create and strengthen the attitude you wish to cultivate. Positive or negative.
We do not choose to be born. We do not choose our parents. We do not choose our race, or the country of our birth, or the immediate circumstances of our upbringing. But within the whole realm of choicelessness, we do choose how we shall live: with purpose or adrift, with joy or with joylessness, with hope or with despair, with humor or with sadness, with a positive outlook or a negative outlook, with pride or with shame, with inspiration or with defeat and with honor or with dishonor. We decide that what makes us significant or insignificant. We decide to be creative or to be indifferent. No matter how indifferent the universe may be to our choices and decisions, these choices and decisions are ours to make. We decide. We choose. In the end, our own success is decided by what we choose to do or what we refuse to do.