The other day at the Muse Summit (is that the name we’re sticking to guys?), Robyn had the idea to drag us to Half Price Books. Keep in mind that I live in Estonia. I’d almost forgotten what going into a bookstore was like: rows and rows of shiny books, the smell of paper, the fun of sitting on the floor to read.
These days I read the majority of novels via my iPad (because of the aforementioned lack-of-bookstore issue), and so it’s easy, in a way, to forget how nice it is to hold the real deal in my hands. But also, my going into a bookstore, being surrounded by all those physical copies of other authors’ work, and discovering new gems in the mine of shelves was a reminder: I one day want to see my name there, too.
Writers find their inspiration from a variety of places. And often I find mine by observing success—by seeing that other people have walked my path and, with a little luck and a lot of hard work, managed to transform their goals into reality. Other people’s success often reminds me that success is in my own hands–and that I’m fully capable of achieving it.
Generally speaking, I’m not the Muse who talks about inspiration and goal-setting—this is Robyn’s territory—but even I need to be reminded once in a while of where I’m going with this whole writing gig. I don’t have “big” dreams as others do, not really. I write because I write, and I don’t expect to make money from it. But I do like having a physical copy of my work in my hand: it feels real, then.
How we define success—at least in our writing lives—will depend on how we approach those goals and what we want from them. Only then can we figure out how to achieve them. I want my name in print. I want to see it on a shelf one day.
That’s a start.
I can always count on my Muses to give me reasons to keep trying. Seeing them was a blast. So I guess you could say that Muse Summit was one of many successes in itself.
Anyway, I apologize I’ve been absent lately. Expect my editing posts to resume next month at some point.
And finally . . . FREE writing inspiration! . . . (drum roll please)
Marcy McKay (our Honorary Muse) is holding a 10-day Writing Challenge, starting Monday. All I can really say is that if you don’t know Marcy, you’re missing out. You can see the details about the challenge here: http://mudpiewriting.com/creative-monsters-details/