A Definition of Success

Since this has come up a few times in the past few weeks, I thought I'd offer a link to my post about definitions of success:


If you are too busy to read the whole thing, the takeaway is probably the last line: Because if you have ever made a single thing that touched another person, you too, have succeeded.

Love the post! I've been giving this subject a lot of thought lately, and will probably babble on my blog once those thoughts have achieved a coherent state (and I have time to sit down and write it). I'll definitely be bookmarking your post as a reference. Thanks! :)

I agree great post - How many artists who's paintings are priceless now nearly never made a cent while they were painting? I can name five right now - And yet they kept painting. I think it's the same with writing.

I write because I can't not write. I'm an okay writer but I doubt I'll ever be a great one, I'm able to promote myself but I'll never have enough confidence or showmanship to really push myself out there. And that's sort of alright. I have a job and in all honesety if I had to sit on my butt all day writing to make a living I'd go crazy (I need to move which is why I have an on-the-go job)

I've been writing for a pretty long time and got into the fanfiction circle for a pretty long time - I had readers tell me that I made them cry, made them laugh, made their day better, helped with various emotional problems. Now I'm writing my own original fiction and if I can make people happy or touch someone with what I write then I feel successful.

If I was an actress I'd be into community theatre, if I was a musician I'd busk, but I'm a writer and here I am :D

Wynterlex demonstrates an important consideration for defining success: motivation.

Those who write for a living, I suppose, would define their success by whether or not they're able to live off writing. Those who write for passion would measure success based on the fulfillment received by the creative process. Etc, etc, etc for the various motivating factors for those who write.

My point, as with your point, is that it's up to the individual to set their own benchmark for success.

I think a big problem is that people conflate the notion of a "successful writer" with that of a "professional writer".