Success Makes Success
This was a good week for my writing friends. On Monday, a friend’s first book was released. Jennifer Trethewey writes fantastic historical romances located in Scotland. Also, the print version of another friend’s third story will be released tomorrow. Barbara M. Britton writes Biblical fiction with amazing details. Both of these ladies work very hard at their craft, and deserve to have much success. What’s even better is that these are not the only authors I know in my area with recent releases. When I look at the list for November, I see an astonishing eleven books listed!
I am tremendously happy for all of these women, and for the rest of our writing group as well. Our RWA chapter is quite tight-knit, and seeing someone else’s success seems to be good for the rest of us as well. Not only because we are genuinely happy for them, and that always puts all of us in a better mood. But also, from what I have observed, their success begets our success.
What do I mean by this? Seeing people we know succeed after years of effort encourages the rest of us to keep trying. I suppose this is true in any career, but for writers who so often work in isolation, I believe it is especially important. Hearing someone else’s excitement as they announce their first sale and later seeing their book cover reinforces my conviction that if I keep working and submitting, one day I will be the one revealing a cover and asking for reviews.
So, yes, this was a good week to be happy for all of my author friends. I wish you all much success. And I hope you don’t mind if I use your achievements to keep myself motivated.
11/30/2017 01:12:22 pm
I am blessed to have amazing writing friends like you, Karen--my Golden Heart finalist friend. One day soon we will be celebrating your release day. The support of WisRWA and our local writing group has been a huge help to me.
1/18/2018 03:49:52 pm
The fact that you have this way of thinking will lead you to success. I have seen the negative sides of success before. It really is helpful if we surround ourselves with genuine and accepting people that we can trust. It’s really hard to have someone who will be happy with our triumphs. Isn’t it nice to celebrate success with our friends and family?
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