Was My Year A Success

For a long time I have felt like I’m not writing enough.  Yesterday, I realized it may be that I’m being too hard on myself.

About a year ago, I wrote a short story called Northville Five & Dime.  I’m going to use that as my marker for a year.  Since then, that short story has turned into a relatively completely 30,000 word novella.  I also write the 15,000 word short story Deviation.  I started a horror story and wrote about 4,000 words on that.  I started and wrote over 10,000 words on a top secret project.  I also have written a number of short stories that probably total around 15,000 – 20,000 words.

Add it all up and it comes to 74,000 – 79,000 words written over the past year.  That’s not bad.  Why do I feel like I haven’t done anything?  I think it’s that completion thing.  It is that there are other works that I have started and stopped and not been able to finish.  That even though I have “completed” Deviation and Northville, I haven’t yet decided what to do with them.  That’s where my dissatisfaction lies.  But I should be happy with what I’ve done.  So, here’s to me!!


About kingmidget

About the name. I was the youngest of four. Until I got to kindergarten, I didn't have much to say. All I had to do to get what I wanted was to point, and a sibling, or loving parent, would fulfill my request. As a result, my father coined the nickname -- King Midget. At least that's the way the story goes. I am a father, husband, friend, and lover, writer, runner, pizza maker, baker, and many other things. What I am not is my occupation. It is my job that pays the bills and provides for my family. But, it does not define me.
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15 Responses to Was My Year A Success

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    I would say that’s definitely an accomplishment, especially for someone working full-time, not to mention raising kids. And teenagers at that…

  2. I’d call that success! And I totally get what you mean about the “completion” thing. Ever since I discovered the magic of self-publishing, I feel like my writing projects aren’t successful unless I actually publish them. It’s probably not a very good mindset to be in, but there it is!

    • kingmidget says:

      Exactly. I finished those two stories but haven’t done anything with them. So what exactly have I accomplished.

      • But that’s the thing — you HAVE accomplished something! You finished two stories! Now it’s just a matter of figuring out what to do with them. And once you do something with them, you’ve accomplished yet another thing. Double accomplishment!

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  3. sknicholls says:

    We were talking about the meaning of success in my writers’ group. So many felt that it was making a living off of your writing. To me, it is simply completing a project once started, no matter how big or how small. Your combined efforts demonstrate a huge commitment to writing. I have been writing for nearly six months, off and on, on one project. It is starting to feel a bit futile, which is not a good feeling. As Carrie said, there is so much more to living life than simply writing. Please do focus on your accomplishments.

  4. Trent Lewin says:

    Yah seriously Mark, here’s to you. Near 80k words is an achievement in my books, and better, i figure it’s a quality 80k coming from you. Have yourself a cold one to celebrate, I hope you do. I also appreciate the issue of finishing, and the satisfaction of that endpoint, but you can’t get there unless you put pen to paper (so to speak).

  5. Kirsten says:

    My hat is off to you! It would take me hundreds and hundreds of poems to reach that amazing word count! So do a happy dance. If you do on first, I will do a happy dance too…I promise! lol

    • kingmidget says:

      Yes. I have done a happy dance. However, there will be no pictures or videos of it. Your turn.

      • Kirsten says:

        I wish I knew how to post a photo here. I’m going to try it and see if it works! If you get a lot of html gibberish please forgive me 🙂

  6. Gwen Stephens says:

    Sounds pretty productive to me, too. Nice. Something to remember when you’re in a writing low. I take stock of what I’m doing once in a while, too, just to remind myself that I have been productive.

    • kingmidget says:

      Thanks and yes, that is exactly what I needed to do since I’ve felt for so long that I wasn’t getting anything done. I’m glad I re-assessed.

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