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Let's Talk "Success"

So I ran across this post from the super-talented Susan Dennard and it made me think.

Mostly it made me think because I disagreed with Susan's response, which pretty much never happens.

In a nutshell, the question posed was "Is liking to write enough to be a successful writer...some successful writers say no."

Susan replied with some well-placed expletives and assurance that YES liking to write is enough.

And it gave me pause.

Because I realized neither the question, nor the "some writers," nor Susan really defined "successful."

It makes a big difference.  If successful means published, I have to disagree.  I'll lay it out there--I don't think that liking writing is enough to be a published author.  Liking doesn't mean consistent doing.  Liking doesn't mean that you have set a goal or made a commitment.  Pursuing publication demands a kind of grit that takes your relationship with writing beyond liking it to marrying it, if we'll a…