01 September 2021

What Does Success Look Like?

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's posting day for the Insecure Writer's Support group! Click here to learn more and sign up!

This month's optional question is: How do you define success as a writer? Is it holding your book in your hand? Having a short story published? Making a certain amount of income from your writing?

You know, I'm not quite sure what success would really mean to me. In fact, I think it's something that might change over time. My main goal would be to get at least one novel published, but once that is accomplished, I would need a new goal. 

I think my ultimate level of success would mean making enough money from writing to not need a full time job. I would love having the whole day to just work on writing and editing (and eventually marketing...I guess...). Right now I usually find myself too exhausted from my day job to work on writing too much. 

Speaking of exhaustion, I'm going to keep this short. Work has been really hectic lately and I haven't been feeling well, so I don't have much brain capacity. I have a nice long vacation next week which I desperately need! Hopefully lots of rest...and maybe even some writing? 


  1. Success is definitely a moving target. I hope you're feeling better, soon. Happy IWSG Day.

  2. Hope you feel better soon and enjoy your vacation. And yes, our goals change as we meet them.

  3. It's hard when you're working full time and have to do life when you get home. Ugh. I'm hoping to change some of that this school year! Hope you get to feeling better.

  4. That first book feels great, but you're right, the target moves after that. Have a great vacation!

  5. Success does change and morph as time passes and we accomplish things.
    Enjoy your vacation when you get it.

  6. Hope your vacation days are amazing and restful!
    Success is different everyday :)

  7. I think success definitely does change over time. Like Karen said, it's a moving target.

    I hope you're feeling better soon. Enjoy that vacation.

  8. I remember working all day and feeling driven to type all night (well at least to mid-night). Enjoy your rest and come back at it fresh!

  9. Reading, writing, and resting. Sounds like a great plan to rejuvenate.

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  12. hey girl — I hear ya
    it would be nice to make money period, but a smashing success would be to live off writing... then again, I don’t know if I could be on a rigorous writing schedule with deadlines and high expectations.
    my success is moment to moment - a good review or a sale vs no sales or a neg review, little successes!

  13. I hope your vacation is revitalizing and refreshing your brain juices. Success does change over time, or at least my definition has!