In my cheerleader days we had a simple cheer that went, "S-U-C-C-E-S-S, That's the way we spell success." With cheers like that, you can see why I did so well in english classes. My spelling was impeccable.
While we all know there's only one way to correctly spell success, there are many ways to define it. Over in the ANWA critique and social groups there are always several success stories going around: articles published, sales milestones, publishing deals signed, award nominations, etc.. This is one gifted group to which we belong.
Sometimes when we hear of the success of others it can cause us to think maybe we should have the same goal as someone else. I mean, we're writers. Shouldn't we all want to have a book on a big time best-seller list somewhere? If we did, that's when we'd know we are successful writers, right?
In ANWA we probably have almost as many different definitions of what it means to be a successful writer as we have members and it's very important that we know for sure what success means to us personally. That way we can easily celebrate each others successes without becoming discouraged or feeling like we're less of a writer if we didn't participate in NaNoWriMo or if we couldn't care less if we're ever published or whatever. We all need to have our own measuring stick for success.
Personally, I wouldn't mind hitting a best-seller list, but at this point that's not my definition of success. I'm aiming for publication of a novel, even on a small scale.
So, I'm curious. What's your definition and has it changed through the years?