Defining Success

To keep up my streak of stealing things from Pandy, she asked a question in her most recent entry that I want to answer.

She asked how you would define success, what would have to happen for you to be successful as an author.  I think everyone here has a different definition that they’re looking for; some are looking for fame, others just for one other person to read and enjoy their books.  None are wrong, though some may be more realistic.

But then again, I’ve never been particularly realistic.

For me, I will consider myself successful when writing supports me, financially (even though I know the slim chance of this).  When my first job is the same as my first passion, writing.  I think I would fit well into the life of a writer, and I have a lot of other interests, but not a lot of time for them right now.

How much do I need to make?  I want a car that gets me from A to B (even if they are hundreds of miles apart) without me worrying about it breaking down, a house that’s big enough for those I live with (trust me, it doesn’t have to be that big), money saved for retirement, and health insurance.  Stuff is just stuff, and I don’t need the best.  I don’t need a giant TV, the fastest car, or to spend every summer overseas.

Financial security, basically.

My current job is setting me up for that, and I do enjoy it (I am a C++/QT developer), but it’s not my passion in the same way that writing is.  Were I to land a book deal in a year, I would still program for fun, in my free time.  Just not forty hours a week.

So that’s me.  I’m working on it, slowly, and realizing how far I have to go, but that’s okay.  I’m going to keep writing, and keep working on it, because…well, because.  I have reasons, things I like about it, but at the end of the day it’s just a basic drive, like breathing or eating.

So what about you?  How would you define success?

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