It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) is enjoying its monthly blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. IWSG is a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.
QUESTION: 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?
ANSWER: My definition of success: when I am satisfied. I feel my characters’ emotions and scenes transport me to new places. Criticism taught me this lesson.
During a creative workshop, our leader started the writing assignment with a brief guided meditation. I slipped into an altered reality filled with images, color, sound, smells, and emotions.
For the first time in my life I was the story and words emerged on the page.
When time was up, I remained innocent and vulnerable.
I read my piece aloud. As a group, we sat there connected through our imagination. Except one. Her cold rebuke cut deep.
I shut down, curled up and pulled my protective shield around me. The fragrance of fresh coffee turned stale and the birds stopped mid song
Someday, I’ll return. However, next time I will not expose my words until better prepared.
This experience reinforced my belief: if I pin my success on the acts of others, I will not thrive.
I recognize most of us have experienced rejection. If so, how did you recover?