I’d like to start off our discussion by thinking about success. It’s better than thinking about failure, right? But what is success anyway? What does success mean to you? I’m a firm believer that if you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there? So, what does success look like to you–becoming a bestselling novelist, writing hit TV shows, publishing a gazillion children’s books? Success is different for everyone, and it should be.

One of the hardest things as writers is to resist the urge to compare ourselves–and our successes–with others. The remedy for this? Find out what you do best, what you believe God has called you to write, and run your own race. When you get to the finish line, you will be successful because you followed your heart and ran your course well, regardless of what anyone around you was doing.

So, if you haven’t thought about it, do so now. When you think of being a successful writer, what comes to your mind? Write it down and make goals for yourself. As God spoke to Habakkuk, “Write down your vision and make it plain…though it tarry, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay” (2:2-3).