Chances are we’ve all heard the term “Breakthrough.” Mostly it is applied to scientific scenarios such as, “Scientists had a breakthrough when studying cancer,” or “NASA had a real breakthrough when they figured out how to get to mars in less than 3 months.” Sometimes we here the term used to describe art when an artist or writer creates something that catches the public’s eye.
As a writer, to me a breakthrough is much more personal than that. While it would be nice to have the fanfare (and the books sales!) that writing a bestseller can garner, the breakthrough itself isn’t when those fans discover your work or you make it to the New York Times bestseller list. Rather, a “breakthrough” is when the writing feels right and just flows. Or a story begins to unfold under my fingertips before I even knew what was going to happen.
What does “breakthrough” mean to you?