How Do You Measure Success As A Writer?

   What makes a successful writer?  One person stated on Twitter that a writer is successful when he emerges onto the best sellers list.  To me, this didn’t quite settle.  As a matter of fact, it festered.  There are so many talented writers that I have read or met that are not on any such list.  Their respected works are nothing short of genius, but perhaps they were not really the most common trending thing at the time.  That doesn’t make them any less successful in my opinion. Am I crazy?  Writers, to me, are storytellers.  They weave magic with words.  Some can make us laugh. Others can make us cry, and some can even make us afraid to turn out the lights at night.  These things are measures of success.  The writing process is a huge undertaking as well.  For many, simply being able to finish the story is, of itself, something to be very proud of.  By the time it reaches the reader, after numerous edits and sleepless nights, if they were able to capture a moment or stir an emotion then an immense accomplishment has been made. There are millions of storytellers out there, and many more that don’t carry the name of King or Rowling.  In my response to the tweet, I stated that: “If a writer finishes a tale, then he has already succeeded. Money is not always a #writers measure of success.” Image