‘Unlucky’ – #AtoZ Challenge

th.jpegI used to think that being successful in writing had much to do with luck. I felt at one stage that I should be getting published and that I was just unlucky. However I realise now that I was pretty naive. Since then I’ve done numerous courses, read lots of books on writing, written many pieces, and also looked at magazine and competition winning stories, and I’ve come to understand that even though there is a smidgeon of luck involved in getting published, (writing is after all a subjective pursuit), success has much more to do with hard work. It takes practice (lots of it!), focused study of the market or genre you’re interested in and an awareness of what competition judges or publishers are looking for, based on what they’ve published before. It is also important to read as widely as possible.

There is, therefore a huge amount of work required so success in writing necessitates total commitment to it. I don’t believe it is something you can do half-heartedly. Yet, commitment breeds determination, at least in my case it has, and that determination can help you to 1/ deal with not being successful, whether that’s due to bad luck or not, and 2/ acquire the tools and skills that will (hopefully) lead to success.

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10 thoughts on “‘Unlucky’ – #AtoZ Challenge

  1. I don’t think I’d want to be successful if it involved so much hard work and investment of time! I loved the book “Big Magic” where Elizabeth Gilbert says it’s okay to be creative just for the pure enjoyment of it, rather than trying to earn a living from your writing. I’ll never be famous, but I’m loving writing my blog and all the connections that come with it – good luck with your writing and maybe I’ll see your name up in lights one day 🙂 Leanne @ cresting the hill

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    1. I loved that book too – I wrote about it in an earlier blog.. I agree, Leanne. It’s so much fun blogging but I adore writing flash and short stories and it would be a dream to get my novel published – I just need to finish it! Thanks for your comments Mary 🙂

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  2. Great post, Mary. We’re kindred souls. A year ago I had NO IDEA how hard the work is with writing a novel. Turns out, writing a novel is easy. Editing a novel, now there’s where the real work comes in. I love flash as well (writing six-sentence stories for the AtoZ), but like you, I’m really hoping to land my manuscript somewhere. Takes more than hope, though, as you’ve learned. Takes freakin’ hard work! Good luck to you, and keep enjoying it all.

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    1. Thanks, John. Great to connect with you! Yes, I go through phases with writing tbh! My self-doubt is a bit of a problem at times but I know it’s what I want to do so I need to stick with it. Good luck to you too – would love to read your novel 🙂

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      1. Self-doubt is universal, so don’t alarm yourself with that. Every writer has self-doubt. Published writers move past it. And I’d love for you to read my novel too — hopefully you’ll have an opportunity to one day soon!

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