In fantasy - one of the most used and beloved formula's is the quest. The reader is taken on a journey in which the brave hero is tried and tested as he travels ever forward towards his ultimate goal.
Writing too is a journey.
One of my all time favorite books is Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander.
WARNING: Spoiler ahead!
In Taran Wanderer the main character Taran embarks on a quest to find his linage so that he may discover who he is, and what manner of man he is.
At the end he finds his ultimate goal - a magic mirror that will show him his true self. And then he learns that it was through the journey to the final end that he really found what he was looking for.
End of Spoiler
So being an Author is not a destination - it is a journey.
Each word we write is a stone in the path leading to the ultimate end of being an author. As we reach each milepost of our journey there is still more road to travel. More to learn, more to accomplish. It is along this journey that we will find who we truely are as writers.
Where are you in your journey?