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.
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?