There is no luck involved in writing – no rolling of the dice, no twist of fate, no invisible force screwing around with you. Writing is purely subjective from one end – you – to the other – the reader. You submit what you have written, then one person or group makes a decision to accept your creation or not. For better or worse, it’s out of your hands and control. Sometimes it’s the pits, but that’s the reality of being a writer.
Creative writers have a passion for the written word and are full of dreams and imagination. We’re full of wishing and hoping that no amount of rejection seems to squelch. Not entirely, anyway. Unfortunately, that perseverance and belief in ourselves can cause us undo misery. We write and hope it’s chosen or wish to win an award or be published. Silly us, for no matter how proud we are of our work, how sure we are that it will be accepted, there is no guarantee that an editor, judge, or submission committee will think it worthy or appealing.
However, the Internet has significantly altered the writing world. While being a blessing for amateur writers around the globe, it has jammed the wordways for serious writers. On the other hand, good and great writing is being acknowledged like never before. The Internet can be credited with transforming myriad wallflowers into recognized and admired writers, which is totally cool.
Writing is like art and music – it may not appeal to everyone or to the right people, but that really doesn’t matter. We write, paint, or compose because we are full of words, images, or notes. We do what we do because we have to, and what we do is all about inspiration, crafting, and exposure – luck has absolutely nothing to do with it.