Hi all! This is a great topic – luck and perseverance. As most of you know, I am all about authenticity – in my characters, my stories, and yes, in my personal life. But what does that mean, living with authenticity and what does that have to do with writing and publishing? For me, it means living a life of meaning, in which I spend my days moving in the direction of my dreams.
And this is where the luck and perseverance comes in.
When I started writing, I started with fiction. My road in that genre has been ripe with ups and downs, frustrations, and not a lot of luck, if I was being completely honest. And as much as I LOVE writing fiction, it wasn’t my initial “call” into writing. That came through nonfiction. So, one day, about 9 months into actively writing, I decided to focus on the nonfiction I originally planned to write.
The journey with nonfiction was filled with moments of synchronicity. I found an agent very quickly, sold my book even faster and have been with Prufrock Press ever since, with a total of four books, including the two coming this month.
Looking at the two journeys I see one major difference – confidence! My confidence. I “knew” I would sell my nonfiction, knew I could write something meaningful, knew others would find value in it.
By contrast, my journey through fiction has been marked with periods of non-existent confidence, frustration, and sorrow. That is, until recently. Until the moment I accepted that I had at least a little talent. Now, I focus on writing a great story. I don’t worry what others are doing, don’t focus on trends, don’t stress over the industry.
I just focus on writing the authentic story. I focus of sitting in the chair and getting the work done.
I have fans that appreciate my work. And I will have success. If I remain authentic to the process in the same way that I do with nonfiction.
In short, living a life filled with luck is a matter of living a life in sync, one filled with authenticity.