So You Wrote a Story

So You Wrote a Story


Okay. Now it’s done. After the hours, weeks, or months of hard work and mental sweat depending on the length of your story, it is finally complete. You have a beer, a cigarette or do whatever it is you do to commemorate your great accomplishment, then you go about the business of getting your great accomplishment out for all the world to see.

Now what?

This is where I, the artist who is still waiting to be discovered, am no different from the artists of the world who have been discovered and now their very livelihood depends upon acceptance of their great accomplishment.

We submit and we wait.

We wait see how your great accomplishment will be accepted.

That’s when the whole thing gets dicey, as they say. Because what is a great accomplishment in your mind and what is great a great accomplishment in the mind of others is a subjective thing, so very subjective as to be undefinable.

Is a great accomplishment acceptance? If so, at what level? How many times have you heard a movie, song, or novel was released to great critical acclaim only to be kicked to the side by the viewing public? The paying public! How many times have you heard the same works be soundly rejected by the critics only to be wildly accepted by the same paying public? Or is it a great accomplishment merely because you deem it to be so?

What is more important? I guess is depends on what you the artist are seeking, but the larger point is still that artistic success is not necessarily measurable unless you define the expectations.

Is it great because it is what you wanted it to be?

It is great because you expected great critical acclaim?

It is great because you expected great commercial success?

In the end, only you can decide if the work you do is satisfactory to you. If it is for any of the reasons detailed above, then move on the next project.

If it is not for any of the reasons detailed above, then either find ways to get in line with your expectations or redefine them.

What is your definition of a successful work?







About timkeen40

When I was seven, I opened one of those little Golden Books (Lassie) and started copying the words down on paper and it set my soul on fire. I have been writing ever since. I don't know where this is going but I invite you along on the journey.
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9 Responses to So You Wrote a Story

  1. Good luck with your Book Tim.. What matters is that you have fulfilled your ambition and that you are proud of what you have achieved.
    Perception is that.. One persons perception .. Like art critics. Who can make or break .. Some who draw squiggles are in some eyes, masters.. While others whose meticulous brush strokes replicating images that look life like are pushed aside..
    All perceived by someone’s tastes ..

    So its good to feel satisfied with your achievements..

    Good Luck for the future

    • timkeen40 says:

      Thanks as always for taking the time to read and respond. For me, knowing something is as good as I can make it satisfying, but I have to admit I would trade in some of the satisfaction for some cold, hard cash. But if that never happens, it won’t define me as a writer or person.

      Have a good day,

      • I know.. Have faith… keep visualising your book in print and in every Book store in the land. 🙂 Manifesting your thoughts into reality works… The book is finished isn’t it 🙂 lol.. You manifested that..

  2. The process of getting published is so grueling, so intense. I have a nice thick folder of rejections for my first novel, then reworte the whole thing in 1st person POV and got an agent on the 3rd query. Edit, edit, edit. Sadly, I love writing but not marketing, not the business aspect of writing.So, I measure success by the joy I experience in the process of creating.

  3. timkeen40 says:

    I agree. I am still working on finding my success otherwise, so the satisfaction of writing is all I know right now.
    Thanks so much for taking the time to read the post


  4. chicasl10 says:

    agree a good friend of mine writes poetry
    and he Always says When i can make one person smile I have success.
    Its like u say what makes u happy.
    u did it so u can be proud of course

  5. Good luck with your book, Tim. Well done on finishing it. 🙂

  6. Candy says:

    You’ve made great points. Critical acclaim and commercial success are beyond our control. We can only try our best, be ourselves, and nurture the hope that there are other people out there who will be touched by our art.

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