Fictionpress.com, for those of you who are not aware, is a website that houses original fiction written by an author, or, in the likes of me, authoress.
I have been there for a year now, and I feel as though I have accomplished so much.
Number of Stories Completed: 8 archived, 13 total
Number of Novels Completed: 1 archived
Number of Stories In-Progress: 3
Number of Novels In-Progress: 1
Number of Words Archived on the Site: 782,172 (and counting)
Number of Reviews: 5,292 (and counting)
Number of Stories Planned: 5
Number of Novels Planned: 7
Number of One-Shots (A story that is only one chapter - a story unto itself) Planned: too many to count
I know it sounds somewhat arrogant, but I feel so accomplished. When I first began posting, I was slightly wary, unsure of how people would respond to my quirky way of writing - if they would accept it at all - and I was pleasantly surprised. The biggest lesson I have learned from Fictionpress is (however cheesy it may be) that if you believe in yourself and you work hard, you WILL be successful. When I first started out, I barely got two reviews a chapter, but because I updated frequently and responded to every review, my stories' reviews continued to grow and grow until even I was surprised. I'm still surprised!
And this is only my first year. Imagine what next year will bring!
I know for sure, however, that when people ask if I have a job, I tell them: "Yes. I am a writer." Because I am. So what if I'm not getting paid for it? I enjoy it, and in my definition of the word, I am successful.