The last few days, if you read my posts in a sour mood, might have been a little bit of a downer. I certainly have no intention of being depressing, but I did find it useful, to me, to put the task ahead of me in a little bit of perspective. Ultimately, whether I succeed or fail to get published is but a pale reflection of what my capabilities and potential as a writer really are. I stand by my assertion that I am a good writer, but though I aspire not to goodness but to greatness, I am realistic that few ever achieve true greatness. It is why I chose to pursue a career in the field I am in, instead of writing, in spite of the difference in passion I have for the two fields. In business, mere goodness, not greatness, is sufficient to make a decent living and faithfully support a family. And, for that matter, it has been relatively easy to prove greatness, within the context of the business world, in quantitative ways, in the language of business. For writing, I’m not sure it is necessarily so, and most writers who seem make a decent living at it are pretty great, and those who become fabulously wealthy from their pursuits are greater still.
At the end of the day, however, writing brings me joy in a way few other pursuits can. That, more than the allure of fabulous writerly success, is why I write.
I keep that in mind as I work on the short story I’m trying to get ready to submit to a publishing magazine. Whether I sell the story or not, my true satisfaction will be to get the story in such shape that I can honestly say I can write it no better than what I have written.
Well, tonight is Christmas Eve, so I’ll keep it short. I, personally, am of the Christian persuasion, so today and tomorrow are days I intend to spend more fully with my family. To those of you of like persuasion, I wish a Merry Christmas Eve. To those who are not, I wish to you what I wish to all who visit my little corner of the blogosphere: Happy Writing.
P.S. To my wife: if you’re reading this: No, I’m not going to reveal here what I got you for Christmas!