Being Successful

It’s hard not to think of J.K. Rowling these days when we imagine what a successful writer looks like. I think of others too – from Faulkner to biographers to really good speechwriters. The great thing about being a writer is that each of us can determine what success means. To me, it means being able to write from your heart, nothing more.

The Wizard of OzMy favorite line of all time – from all of literature, from all the scriptures I’ve read, and from all of the movies I have seen – comes from The Wizard of Oz. It is one of the lines the Wizard says to the Tin Man when he presents him his heart.

Remember, my sentimental friend, a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.

I am not saying I am the best-loved person in the world. Just yesterday, I was called “vociferous” by one of my Kickstarter backers! But I have determined for myself that if I write from a place of understanding for others, I’m doing pretty well. I feel good about the work I produce and the letters I write. Other people seem to like them too.

I’ll circle back to points I made in two preceding blog posts, Being Heard and Being Known. To be heard, you must be known; and to be known, you must know and reveal yourself. This is the secret to all good writing … a journal, a letter to your children, a cookbook series or your request for a promotion. If you know why you’re writing and you reveal yourself, you will succeed.

 

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