How I measure my success as a writer

I used to base my success as a writer on publication. When that didn’t happen as often as I hoped, I changed it to how much I could accomplish. But since production varies on my schedule I changed how I measure success completely.

I now ask myself if I’ve done justice to the story. If the answer is no, then I keep writing. If the answer is yes, then I keep writing.

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11 thoughts on “How I measure my success as a writer

  1. Thanks for the challenge/reminder Ross. I often get caught up in success through how much I writer rather than how well. A much needed reminder for me.

  2. Interesting thoughts–very zen-like at the end there. I like that. I think a success/failure paradigm is deadly for artists. Success /failure are human-made illusions that have no real meaning in the economy of God where the only currency that counts is love. Jesus never really talked about success, but he spoke of faithfulness quite a bit. My paradigm for writing/life is faithfulness–staying with things, listening for a call, joining with God in the moment. Your final affirmation is very close to that.

  3. Interesting thoughts–very zen-like at the end there. I like that. I think a success/failure paradigm is deadly for artists. Success /failure are human-made illusions that have no real meaning in the economy of God where the only currency that counts is love. Jesus never really talked about success, but he spoke of faithfulness quite a bit. My paradigm for writing/life is faithfulness–staying with things, listening for a call, joining with God in the moment. Your final affirmation is very close to that.

  4. That’s a really good, non-rubricky rubric. I think I probably do that without having really thought about it–at least, maybe that’s a good excuse for why it takes me so long to finish anything . . . ? But it is at least partly true. Just not sure I can ever fully do justice to the Jesus-story from the imagined voice of Mary, which is what I’m working on now . . .

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