[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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pierre
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good don’t thin of other people writhe watt you love

Growing Forests
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I totally agree with your last comment there: feeling alive, being yourself and being happy about all of this -enjoying every moment of your life because its *yours* and not anybody else’s to enjoy- is the most important part of being You. Its more important than succeeding, because you have already succeeded the moment you decided to write the first word of the stories that you write. Be they for pure fun, to see if you even can or simply because they Need to be told. You have already won. And although I greedily enjoy reading your works on this… Read more »
mystrey bone
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As a budding author my self, i can relate to this topic. Is my work good enouth do people read it? will they like it ? what is it worth ??? i havnt found an answer yet (partly cos i lack skill sets) but i like writing so i will continue to advance changing my stories were i need to. creating new ones when i have the time. i guess it depends on ur goals ( sorry if this dosnt make any sence)

Avod Rashod
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Personally my definition of success could include me dying homeless on the street as long as I was able to create my projects and give them to the world. My education system I designed, a simulated reality game with customizable options, and some organizational tools that are able to help a variety of people use their time more efficiently. These goals are what drive me, and as long as I am able to bring them into reality and released for the public to use I don’t care if I end up without a penny to my name.

slay_mithos
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While I do agree to most of the article, there is one point I can’t agree with. “A true good writer will keep on improving constantly and always see his present self as the best there ever was.” What I mean is that way too many writers end up thinking they are “the best” or that they reached a level where they don’t need to improve. When they start thinking like this at a low skill, it makes them barely any different from the writers that write when they have time between studies, work and social activities (multiple website specialize… Read more »
Lonmar
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you know, there are Frenchs (like me) who traduce and read your Novels, so you are more fans what you think

Lonmar
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You know, there are Frenchs (like me) who read your Novels, so you have more fans that you think ^^

Cakeartist
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For me I don’t have a grand ambition or anything like that, I just want enough success and money to do what I enjoy (eat good food, have a book to read and a nice place to rest), as far as fame goes, as long as I have a few friend thats good enough for me.

Gege
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Well, my opinion is Fame and Money is not a measure of success. Yes, some people do judges success based on those, but for me, success is happyness. Are we happy and content? If we are happy, it doesnt matter what other people. I know its also bad in some way, like maybe we are just living in a small closed off world of our own, heck, even crazy people could be happy. But thats not the point. I still hold firmly, if Im not happy, than Im not success. Because sometimes we could also accomplished a successful failure (as… Read more »
Ascending Flame
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Something my parents taught me about training yourself to be successful – pile up small successes, wherever you can. For example, clean your home’s rooms. Dust. Wash the dishes. Vacuum. They are little, tedious, and can be, at times, time consuming. But. Little by little, you pile up success. Take these to your workplace. Continue piling up success – I don’t know what all who may be reading this, so I cannot say how to do it. It is on you. Eventually, though, you will pile up enough success to make it become a habit. Then they get easier. Then… Read more »
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