Sep 9, 2015
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Oh man. Episode 023 of the Write Now podcast is about SUCCESS. Get ready for some kind of MONTAGE or MOTIVATIONAL POSTER, probably!
...Or, you know, a nice earnest discussion on what it means to
find success as a writer.
What does success look like for you as a writer?
It's something that we all daydream about but rarely give any serious thought: What would it look like if we were successful?
I think that a lot of writers interpret success as a "luck of the draw" type fate, and to a certain degree, that's true. But I think those writers also tend to underestimate the power of strategic planning and goal-setting.
It all starts with understanding and defining what success means for and looks like to you as a writer.
For you, is success:
Changing the way your society operates?
Shaking up the status quo?
Spreading an idea?
Selling a lot of books?
Making a ton of money from selling a ton of books?
Hitting the New York Times or Amazon bestseller list?
Or is it something else entirely?
Success is possible.
Success is not impossible for you. Now, I'm not saying it's necessarily probable, either. I'm just saying that, if you're willing to set goals and put enough work into it, success is possible.
So have hope. Take heart. And get to work. I'll give you the
rundown on what to do in today's podcast episode.
Here's that motivational poster I promised you.
I hope you like it.
Book of the week.
This week, I decided to read This is Water by David Foster Wallace. It was a good decision.
Originally given as a commencement speech in 2005 to the graduating class at Kenyon College, this brief book takes up about 100 pages and 20 minutes of your time, but will leave a lasting impression that will keep you thinking throughout the week.
I'd never read David Foster Wallace before (I know, shame shame), and this seemed a bit more digestible than The Infinite Jest. But now I've got a taste for it and can't wait to dive in to his heavier works.
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How do you define success as a writer? And how do you plan to get there?
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