Deborah Cooke was a keynote speaker at the conference I attended two weeks ago. A wander through her trophy room at Château Delacroix reveals this woman has succeeded as an author, under three different names.
Her motivational speech was about personal success as a goal, not recognition according to others, money, or lists. I told her later, this engaging speech felt like it was directed at me. Here’s what I learned from Deb’s speech:
Success is a process and builds through many levels. Success is dependent on the point-of-view and who is measuring the result of your success. So keep it personal.
Today I felt success! I’m back on target for my goal this month, to have my novel rewritten, polished and off to beta readers. My struggle this week was to decrease 30+ pages of sparkling dialogue and wonderful descriptions into 10 pages or less. I trimmed, tightened, moved scenes around, but still had tons of words to cut. Then I remembered a question from a critique on an earlier scene, “how does this move the story forward?” Duh. The wit and twists were so fun to me! But as a reader, would I really care? Or would I want to get back to the story.
I changed the POV character and dumped a dozen pages into two paragraphs. Success depended on the point of view. 🙂