Not too long ago, I read a post about how writers can measure success.

When I started writing, I thought succes would be signing my first contract or at least the second or third... I mean by the third contract you're not a fluke...right?

But after signing the fourth, I'm still looking ahead, at the next goal.

I know it sounds cheesy, but I honestly think success is a journey, not a destination.

You can be proud, happy, and grateful at what you've accomplished but you need to keep moving forward.

I want that fifth contract, I still want to acquire an agent and see my name on a New York-published book. But I think even then I'll won't have reached my goal.

For me, that will be always be finishing the next book, and making that book better than the last.

So what about you? Do you considered yourself a success? If not, when will you?


J.A. Saare said...

There are so many ways to measure success, but I think your way of putting it into perspective is a good one.

Recently I've discovered that the greatest success (for me) is enjoying what I do. There is nothing worse than discovering your place of solace has become a cage of obligation.

Great blog!

Cecile said...

Hey honey... I am just popping in to say I hope you have a great weekend!! HUGS to you!!

Anonymous said...

But in chair, fingers on keyboard.

Kaily Hart said...

Hey Lynne, couldn't agree more. I have tangible goals of course, goals that can be ticked off a master list and measured, but 'success' is something else entirely. I think you work towards success by achieving your goals, but how you determine if you're successful might be something completely nebulous. For me? I want to be a 'go to' author, an author someone will auto buy because they know me, my stories and how I write. I want writing to continue to be something I love and need to do and like you, I want each of my books to be better than the last. I agree you have to keep striving and learning and growing to be able to do that.

Lynne Roberts said...

Jaime, I love your response! And the imagery is striking... you must be a writer. ; )Loving what you do is a huge deal. When I start looking at everything as 'duty'--something I have to do but don't want to, then I know I'm burnt out and need a break.

Lynne Roberts said...


Hi Sweetie. Hug you right back. : )

Crystal... or is it Posey? Great point. : )


That's exactly the kind of author I want to be too, which means work and more work... and you're right goals. I've met several of mine, but I have a lot to go. : )

Thank you all for commenting!