I just came across some useful advice on writing from the author, Joe Konrath, and thought it was worth sharing. Seven quick reminders that are worth bearing in mind while you work away at your keyboard.
While the entire list rang true to me (I especially liked number three), it was number two was that stuck out the most,
‘Success is mostly due to luck.’
As I’m writing my first novel, I expected self-doubt to be a given and it turns out I wasn’t let down. I keep asking myself questions like, is this interesting enough? Does the plot make sense? Are the characters believable? Will anyone actually want to read it? Am I kidding myself thinking I can actually write?
And at that point I usually drown out my inner voice with some of the greatest whisky in the history of the world.
However, keeping in mind that I could write a world-class novel and it could then go on to gain zero recognition helps me feel better about that ever-present doubt. No matter how good or bad I am as a writer, success will always ultimately come down to luck. In the end, people’s actions really have very little bearing on the grand scheme of things. We are all utterly insignificant. A comforting thought, no?
To me it’s all very reminiscent of a Douglas Adams quote,
‘The chances of finding out what’s really going on in the universe are so remote, the only thing to do is hang the sense of it and keep yourself occupied.’
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