It is time for yet another first Wednesday posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). If you haven’t already visited some of the writers who participate, check out our amazing co-hosts– Rebecca Douglass, T. Powell Coltrin @Journaling Woman, Natalie Aguirre, Karen Lynn, and C. Lee McKenzie!
The optional question this month is: How do you define success as a writer? Is it holding your book in your hand? Having a short story published? Making a certain amount of income from your writing?
I do define success as holding a physical book in my hand. A physical book has always been part of the reading experience for me, so it is an important aspect of feeling like I achieved my writing goal. Enough money to write full time is part of the long-term goal, but the physical book piece comes first.
Time for some news.
My first story today asks the best question of the day: “Who puts a cow in a Buick?” https://www.huffpost.com/entry/cow-mcdonalds-drive-thru_n_61296373e4b06e5d80cd6449
Yet another volcano story because I heart volcanoes as much as I heart science. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/08/210826111724.htm
I leave you with a song. Enjoy, and I’ll see you in seven. https://youtu.be/Q-ejz2RmueE
Physical books mean a lot to me too. My first novella was published only as an ebook, and while I was excited, I was disappointed I didn’t have something tangible I could show people or sign for them.
I’m fascinated by the origins of our planet. That was an excellent read.
I’m hoping my first book comes out in physical form for the first reason. 🤞
Glad you enjoyed the article.
That physical book is amazing because it means that you can look back and see what you have accomplished. I don’t know about you, but if I finish something, that is my accomplishment, but it is different to see my short story binded to edit. I do plan on getting that published soon, but it is different feeling of physically having something in your hands.
Finishing is a big accomplishment as well. I think there are multiple steps along the way that feel like you have accomplished something.
I wonder if that cow was named Norman?
Holding the physical book is great.
Love to know the story behind the cow in the car. I’m sure that person didn’t order a hamburger for the cow.
I really hope they didn’t. 🤢
It would be great to hold a book you’ve written in your hands. I measure success by the progress I make in my writing and the joy I get from it.
That’s a great measure of success.