Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A Gentle Reminder: The Path To Success



Sometimes we forget.

Sometimes we forget that not everyone wants a McMansion on a hill, driveway packed with sports cars, elegant parties underway.

Some folks want a shack in the mountains, no electricity, no connection to the real world.

Everyone has different goals, different ideas of success, different forms of inspiration and motivation.

The same is true with writing.

For some, success is defined by a rank at Amazon. Best-seller lists. Awards. How much money earned per year, per book, per contract.

For some, it's a fan letter. Just one letter. Telling the author how her book made the reader laugh, cry, feel.

For some, it's finishing. Just finishing. Because that is a huge accomplishment for many people, and something to be proud of.

For some, it's trying a new genre, a new voice, a new structure. Reinvention. Experimentation. Breaking the rules. Breaking your own rules. Feeling free.

For some, it's simply putting words on paper. Watching a story unfold. It's not about publishing, or money, or the industry. It's about the writing.

For some, that is victory.

I think there is room for everyone's path in this writing universe. We all have our own personal route to success. We do not need to be judged by the same parameters.

It's difficult not to compare yourself with others. My tip today to all writers: embrace your own personal goals, feel pride in your accomplishments, your path is the right one for you.

And that's the way it should be.


Happy Storytelling To All,
Penelope



28 comments:

anny cook said...

Well said, Penny. There's room for every path...

Liberty said...

Penny, this is the best blog you have ever written!!!

You put my feelings into the perfect words.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Awesome advice.

Jennifer Snow Books said...

Great post! So true. I attended a writer's conference this weekend where I met a lot of different writers on very different paths and learning their different motivations and measures of success was amazing!

Amber Skyze said...

Great advice and so true. :)

Penny Reid said...

Really fantastic post.
The success I found (as a writer) eclipsed the success I sought. It is because of people like you and the supportive indie writing community. I feel the love.

Well said, old chap.

Penelope said...

I agree, Anny!

Penelope said...

Liberty...I am glad you like it. I'm tired of seeing folks who feel badly about what they're doing.

Penelope said...

Thank you, Juju! :^)

Penelope said...

Hi Jennifer! Attending a writer's conference is a great way to be exposed to all the different paths to success.

Penelope said...

Hi Amber! We're lucky we have so many options now! Anything goes.

Penelope said...

Penny, that is a great comment! My initial goal was to have someone other than my mother read my book. Hee hee! And I did it! :^)

Denise Janikowski-Krewal said...

This is a brilliant post! Thank you for writing it!

Julia Barrett said...

Beautiful, Penny. And so timely.

Geek Amicus said...

Penny said: "My initial goal was to have someone other than my mother read my book."

Yup, that's pretty much me at this point. One step at a time.

Tasha B. said...

Great post, Penny!

Penelope said...

Hi Denise! I'm glad you liked it.

Penelope said...

Julia...this is timely! :^)

Penelope said...

Geek...I know many more folks other than your mum will read your book. KNOW it! (And they'll like it, too!)

Penelope said...

Thanks, Tasha!

Lindsay S said...

Thanks, Penny! Great post and perfect timing for me. My writing progress is sloooow and it is easy to feel like I'm not doing enough. Thanks for removing the guilt. :)

Nico Jaye said...

Great post, Penny! Simple and inspiring. Gave me a little shiver, too. :)

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Excellent post! One of the things I loved about the NECRWA weekend was seeing people at all different writing and/or sales levels.

For me, FINISHING the book was the best feeling, ever! Anything else that might happen is gravy.

I work pretty slow, too. But I'm ok with that.

Jessi said...

Very awesome, Penny.

My goal when I published my first book was to be able to afford a new dishwasher with the earnings, and I thought that might be pushing it, LOL!

It's true. Some of us are seeking to write what's on our heart, and we know that isn't necessarily what's "hot right now". I'm a big believer in writing what you feel, but doing your darndest to make it the best you possibly can.


Penelope said...

Hi Lindsay! I am also a slow writer. Sometimes it's tough hearing about folks cranking out a BOOK A MONTH! and you feel sooooooo slow. But that's part of my process, and it's okay. Especially if you are self-pubbing and making your own schedule. EMBRACE THE TURTLE! Hee hee!

Penelope said...

Nico...I made you shiver! Woo hoo!

Penelope said...

HMCW...Finishing is big. Some people work on the same book for years, and it's hard to wrap it up. It's a huge accomplishment. :^)

Penelope said...

Hi Jessi! I agree! Not everyone needs to "write to market"...even if your topic is not hot or trendy, if it's the book you want to write, then you should do it.