As a writer, my idea of success used to be in how much another appreciated the writing. As a child I coveted praise. Did others honor or award me?
Once an adult, this evolved into, “am I able to sell my writing”? How in demand was it? How much money were they willing to pay? And how little damage [in editing] would be done to my artistic interpretation?
Maturity is determined by our growth; how do we determine success now? For me, true success is first in getting the words down; the act of writing. And, writing the truth, as I comprehend it. As much as the lure of money and acclaim knocks continuously on the door, these are not success, for we live in a fickle world.
Yet, I ask, did I do the best to my capabilities? And the best does not mean Pulitzer quality; for the standard changes with the winds of time.
Accomplishment is in the quantity I commit to paper [cyber or otherwise]. For from the quantity, I will eventually obtain a glimpse of quality. And what quality is to one person may wind up in my personal discard pile.
For me, true success will be to write…to not succumb to the temptations of the world as in fame and fortune…but to write to glorify God, or at least to please Him.
So to all artists, no matter our art…be it animal, vegetable or mineral…we must adhere to Truth…and strike while the iron is hot.