Saturday, September 29, 2012

Writer Myths: Luck and Genius

Hi, folks, I'm enjoying a rainy day.  Love it. Writing my heart out over here. Today is going to be short and sweet because I'm busy. I'm jumping into the Harper Voyager submission call.  Knock on wood. Toss some salt. Rub Budai's belly. I hope magic and perseverance mix it up and produce another success. 

Here is an observation I've made, but tons of others have noticed also - we live in a universe of dualities. Writers,  artists, scientists, philosophers (inquisitive folk) really devote serious time to thinking about duality. Who I am and What do I want. Dark and light. Male and Female. Hot and cold. The list goes on and on.

Myth #1: I was published because of luck. I have met this writer. You worked for three weeks and sent out your work and bink! was given a major contract.  Sure. You were just accidentally at the right place at the right time! I don't believe you. You persevered (you suffered), worked hard (doing something), and you have scribbled at least a million words somewhere before this day, for sure, just as sure it was your lucky day.

Myth #2: I was published because of my genius. I have met this writer too. You believe you are just that good.   You worked hard.  You perspired. You burned midnight oil.  Yes, you did. You were also lucky. I absolutely believe no matter how hard you work,  unseen forces are out there. You can make bread but you can't make it multiply. Success is a gift, a miracle and blessing, just as much as a reward for your perseverance.

I think you get it. The myths involve not accepting the the truth of duality. I  hope you work hard this week. I will too. But, also, I wish you luck. Wish me luck, too! See you next week with more inspiration. 

Today's doodle is called. "Yin-Yang Girl"

Here is a quote for your pocket:

For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.  Ernest Hemingway


Candilynn Fite said...

Crossing my fingers and hoping good things come your way with your submission. Hard work pays off.

Vijaya said...

Good luck with the sub, Molly. Yes, I really think we ought to do the work, the best we can do, and leave the rest up to the Universe. Wonderful post.

MollyMom103 said...

Candi, I appreciate your support 100%!

Hi Vijaya:
This is what I am hoping and praying for us both:
“A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”
Madeline L'Engle

Vijaya said...

Love that quote, Molly.

I have tagged you on my blog for the Next Big Thing. I hope you will play.

MollyMom103 said...

Okay, Vijaya I will play on Saturday. I will write about what I am working on.