After a few days off, the Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour resumes with a post at my “home” blog, Magical Words. Today’s essay is called “The Writing Life: Living With Success and Failure,” and it is about the ways in which writers define their triumphs and setbacks. Too often, outside influences force those judgements upon us. The truth is, in a profession as difficult as this one, success has to be, at some level, self-defined.
“Writing fiction — short form or novel length — is no small thing, and upon completion of a story or a book we should be able to pause and take pride in the accomplishment. Indeed, we have to be able to do that, because it is the one reward that cannot be taken from us or spoiled by … external factors.”
Read more at Magical Words. And enjoy.