So not only did you teach me about writing memoir, you also taught me about reading and thinking about how others write memoir. Thank you so much! Rebecca
Showing posts with label key to success. Show all posts
Showing posts with label key to success. Show all posts

Sunday, July 28, 2013

What is your success?

Charles Fiore writes today on White Cross blog about the controversy of self publishing and traditional publishing. It is a decision writers must make and there is much to consider before doing either.

So much depends on what you consider success to be. I know people who would never think of self publishing anything. They take great pride in saying they have never self published. 

But I teach people who have wonderful stories to share and they are not professional writers. Most of them would never see their books printed and read unless they self published. 

I remember when I paid to publish my family history in 1998. It was a book for my immediate family and, even it it had been well written, it would not be published for me and sold on the market. It just wasn’t that kind of book.

However, I basked in the success of having my family express appreciation and delight in reading the stories of my grandparents and their ten children.
Even young people in the family enjoy owning the book and reading about their family history. 

I don’t entertain any goals of having a novel traditionally published, or even a memoir now. But I feel quite successful when one of my stories or essays reach the public or when my poetry is enjoyed by others. That is why I write. Not for fame or fortune -- just to communicate something to others. And when I do, I feel extremely successful.
What are your views on self-publishing? Traditional publishing?

Monday, June 11, 2012

“Most people search high and wide for the key to success. If they only knew, the key to their dreams lies within.” –George Washington Carver

Tonight I watched The Notebook for the third time. I love that movie for so many reasons, but tonight I picked up on a couple of lines Noah said to Allie when she was struggling to make a decision between two men she loved.
Noah said, What do you want? Not what he wants or what I want.
What do you want?

How many of us, especially when we are young, try to find success in life by doing what our parents want for us or what we think society expects of us? We suffer the misconception that if we please the important people in our lives, we will be doing what is best. But, as Carver said, the key to our dreams lies within.