As a writer, how do you judge successes? I don't think there's one big moment of publishing success for most writers.
I think there is a series of smaller ones, all of which culminate in the realisation you really can call yourself a writer after all. (And what writer doesn't need some kind of vindication after all?).
I would list some of my smaller steps as:-
- First publishing credit. This was A Helping Hand in Bridge House Publishing's Alternative Renditions anthology.
- First online publishing credit. This was with Shortbread Short Stories though I have gone on to have work online at Cafe Lit (short story and flash fiction) and Alfie Dog. Most recently I have had work on the American based Scriggler.com
- Being recognized as a writer by fellow writers. This usually happens at book launches like the joint Bridge House/Cafe Lit launch I went to in London today. I'm glad to say I'm in The Best of Cafe Lit 4 and the inclusion of my story is recognition in itself, as is when talking to other writers, they recognize you regardless of how many stories you've had out there. They recognize, as I do for others, it's the graft and commitment you put in that really counts for anything.
And then how to judge success for your characters... I hope to look at that in my next post.