Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Measure of Success

Dear Aspiring Writer,

Do you feel that unless you are published you are not successful as a writer? That if you go through life without seeing your work in paperback or electronic format, that you failed? Is the measure of success a contract with a publishing company?

Let me encourage you. You are successful as a writer if you...

1. Finish a manuscript.
2. Have the desire to grow and hone your writing skills.
3. Keep writing the stories in your heart despite rejections.
4. Maintain a humble spirit.
5. Reject the temptation to be lifted up with pride.
6. Write with the idea in mind that you are leaving a legacy to your children, grandchildren and future generations.
7. Write because talent is a gift from God that you cannot cast aside.
8. Have goals in mind that move your work forward.
9. Write because you love it.
10. Write because you are not seeking fame and fortune, but you are persistent to continue submitting your work even if it will take years before you land your first contract. It is worth the wait.

What will make you feel successful as a writer? What are your goals?


Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Rita -

Your list says it all, but I'd still like to hold several of my published books in my hands. :)


Rita Gerlach said...

I can relate. I know that feeling, Susan. You have the drive and the passion. It will happen. One day you will be holding a paperback with a gorgeous cover in your hands and it will have your name on it. Keep at it!