Does success mean a large house, multiple cars, and loads in the bank? To some people, that is exactly what that word means. It is social status, a closet full of clothes, and the ability to buy anything they want. To me? No way!
Success to me means something entirely different. It means being happy. I see myself as being successful as a writer because someone enjoys what I wrote. I am successful because I’ve achieved my dream. I’m successful when others enjoy what I create.
How did I do this?
First of all, I’m not exactly where I want to be. But I feel it coming on. It’s close. Why do I say that? Because I’m getting responses. I’m getting people hitting my website daily, and the average is increasing. I’ll feel better once my book is out there and the responses come back with people waiting on book 3. It is there around the corner.
So, how can you find success lurking around the corner?1. Be Persistent – Don’t stop. Don’t let others tell you that you can’t write. Write because you love it. You’ll have dozens of people telling you are foolish for even attempting to be a writer. After not becoming a New York Times Bestseller immediately, they’ll warn you of the futility of it. Ignore them! Write for yourself. Continue writing. Even those ‘overnight successes’ did not happen overnight. It took them years to get the attention we assume was gifted to them with no effort at all.
2. Follow Your Muse – Listen to your creative spirit. Let it guide you where you should go. That is when you write what you are meant to write. Forcing yourself to write what you think others want and not what you want will only lead to failure. That corner will never be found if you continually squash your muse.
3. Be Visible – Let others see you. Get your name out there. They need to know who you are and what you are doing. This means you need to be active on social networks and in forums. Become fans of others. Help other authors. Have a website up. Keeping yourself in the dark will not lead you to that successful corner.
How do you know that the corner is nearby?1. Increased Traffic – Monitor your website. Watch the traffic increase. The more traffic you get, the more attention you are generating. But it goes beyond that. Are they sticking around your site or landing on it and running for the hills as fast as they can? You want traffic that is there to see you.
2. Positive Feedback – What feedback are you getting on your work? What do the reviews say? Listen to the reviews and comments. The more positive feedback, including that of constructive criticism, the closer you are to that corner.
So, how do you handle this success?
You enjoy it. You don’t let it go to your head. You let it inspire to you to do more. You use it to encourage others and share the happiness it brings.