A writer needs a burning desire to succeed. There is no one standing behind your writing chair forcing you to put words down on the page. Without ambition, the novel never gets finished, the short story is never submitted to a literary journal or, the memoir never gets completed. How you measure success is an individual decision. Completing a novel may be your end goal. Or maybe, you won’t be satisfied until you see your novel on the front table of your local book store. Either way, writing a novel is a Sisyphean task of writing and rewriting. If you are not fueled by a measure of ambition, it’s too easy to quit and go watch TV instead.
“Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.” Wilferd A. Peterson (1900-1995)