Let’s face the reality. Some people get a lot of breaks because of their contacts, they are in the right place at the right time or they lead a charmed life . Unfortunately, waiting around for Lady Luck is not an option for most people. I believe in the power of hard work, appropriate risk-taking and being open to learning from failure.
When I finally decided to commit time to fiction writing, I had already expended considerable effort to learn about the publishing industry and try to understand how commercially successful authors create and market their books. I continue to attend workshops about story structure. I have a stack of books about writing that I return to on a regular basis.
Equally as important as the recognition that it takes time and practice to refine one’s skills (in any field) is my decision to pursue a personal goal of discovering my creative side. I want to make a difference with my words. I am challenging myself by trying something new.
Thinking big with the aid of visualization helps. What will the cover of my bestseller look like? How many cities will I visit on my book tour? Who will play my main character on the big screen?
I credit my dad (now sadly passed away) for always encouraging me to push ahead. As a risk manager, I am accustomed to forecasting the worst outcome. With writing, the downside seems minimal as long as there is a willingness to put pen to paper, edit as often as is needed and accept constructive feedback without taking it personally. The upside is a chance to connect with interesting people in real life and in my imagination. The doors to new possibilities are wide open.