Do I want to be famous? Not really. I kind of value my privacy. I don’t think I want to be a household name like Duck-brand tape or Starbucks (both of which can become unhealthy addictions). I would like to make some money at it. I know it takes work and effort. Fame is fleeting. (It’s also the name of a T.V. show. You don’t remember it? See, told you so.)
Do I want to outsell Tom Clancy or perhaps Andy Andrews? It might be nice, but I am a different person. I would like to have enough to live and give. I want the opportunity to work hard and try again tomorrow.
Do I want the ability to buy everything I see or desire? I believe the more stuff you have the more places you need to put it. And people to organize and manage it. I have learned to live with less. (I still have a not-so-smart phone sans apps). I look at cool, fascinating items all the time. They stretch my creativity, but I rarely buy them.
Do I want people to recognize me on the street? Once in a while it might be nice, but I don’t think I’d want it to happen all the time. If you see me someday, feel free to say hello. Recognition for what I’ve written is more important to me, because I know my words can make a difference. Words can live on after I’m gone. Not that I’m planning on going soon.
Do I want people to accept my point of view? Part of the reason I write is to get my thoughts out. I also hope that my concepts can compete in the arena of ideas. If you don’t agree with me, it’s ok. I’ll even listen attentively and consider your ideas too. I don’t want everyone to think like me. That might be kind of annoying.
I think this is the answer for my life and for my writing. I want to grow and be challenged. I want to earn a living and earn the respect of a few good friends. I’d like to look back on my life and realize I’ve done the best with what I have been given; the choices that I’ve made, the people I’ve helped and the life I enjoyed. That’s what I’d deem successful. How about you?
My next two to three weekly posts will be about the work of research in writing. There will be lots of valuable information and I hope you will check them out. Though information-heavy, I will still try to treat the subject with my usual clarity and levity. Until then, write on.