[Note of attention] This article was entirely written from my subjective point of view and by no means do I wish to imply with it that other people's point of view may be wrong or do not matter for others.
~ Success, Fame, and Money ~
It's late at night, 1:32 PM as I write this. I should be sleeping, but I just can't...
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about what it means to be a good writer, to write something good, and most importantly what having success should mean for me.
When you are surrounded by people who think money spins the world and at times, you yourself believe this, it's hard to discern your true feelings from those implanted by our environment...
To be honest, these were some very big problems I confronted myself with lately. If I had not confronted them and changed my view of them, I may not have understood what the big writers truly meant by: write what you think is best.
As it happens, I just had a conversation with a good friend of mine about these exact topics. A debate actually, but at the same time a test to see whether or not I can stand firm with my own beliefs.
You see, until a while ago, I thought that Success was strictly connected to the number of views and followers I had on my website. The amount of Fame I had also dictated the amount of money I held in my pockets.
Upon making a deeper analysis of my own Shadow Aspect, I ended up finding out what Success actually meant deep inside my heart. Let me tell you a secret: our Shadows, in general, never have the most logical or well intended definitions for our goals.
Turns out Success for me meant the amount of Money other people thought I had in my bank account as a direct result of what was considered my job to be by them.
Funny, right? According to my Shadow Aspect, my own success was not something determined by me but by others. Because, let's face it, if those people considered I didn't have a cent in my pockets, it didn't matter if I sold millions of copies of my books, I would still not see myself as a successful writer because THOSE people didn't think so.
Yet, that's ridiculous! It's wrong! Why should my own success be something that can be quantified only by others and only through their own filters?
In a similar fashion, I was told that my way of thinking regarding how and why I write would be considered naïve. After all, with just a little over 1000 followers doesn't mean I am successful and more so that I write well. With so little fans, there's no way I can put food on the table. Money makes the world go round, or so I was told...
Funny, a while ago I also would have thought the same... Yet now, I can only see myself laughing at these remarks.
Even though he agreed to these things, thanks to my friend, I was able to better accept the way I personally viewed these matters. I confirmed to myself once more that they are worth following.
Let me tell you now how I see Success, Fame, Money, and being a Good Writer.
As long as I see my own success through the filters and eyes of the outside world, I'll never really have success, just an illusion of it. Therefore, success should be something I achieve by myself and be considered the immediate result of any action I take in the domain of writing. Even finishing a single chapter or paragraph should be seen as a success.
As long as I consider that being a good writer has to do with something other than what I actually wrote, then I'll never be a good writer and I'll keep on measuring my own worth with ideas and factors that don't influence my work at all.
A true good writer will keep on improving constantly and always see his present self as the best there ever was. A good writer will never compare himself with others for this in itself brings no result or advancement in his art. He is neither better nor worse than others.
As long as I write with money on my mind, I'm not going to gain more money, just lose the quality of my work and even end up betraying my own principles and morals. Yes, I'm dirt poor, but this should be no excuse to sabotage my own art by writing with a greedy heart.
For a good writer, fame is not a matter of importance. This is something only the fans can decide. Without them, a good writer can only offer himself his own book to read.
In the end, neither success, fame, or money matter when writing a good story. What matters is how much you want it to resemble the story you saw in your head and how good you can describe the land found in your imagination. Write what you think is best.
According to many people, this is a very naïve way of thinking because it's not focused on earning hard cold cash, but maybe... just maybe being happy and feeling alive is far more important than that?
What do you think?
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