I have been thinking a lot about this lately. It seems I’m not the only one.

Toward the end of her article on writerly jealousy, author Maggie Stiefvater talks about the idea of luck and destiny in the publishing world. How there is this prevailing sense that you have to be in the *right* place at the *right* time or you won’t make it. She goes on to talk about how rather than leaving her career as a writer up to chance, she considered it an inevitable possibility.

Inevitable.

This is what gets me. I agree with Ms. Stiefvater. These sorts of things have nothing to do with “luck.” I have over 20 years of musical experience under my belt. I have spent at least five years studying writing, and at least another five more before seeking publication. It’s blood, sweat, tears, determination, grit, and — as my Grandfather would say — moxie, that have gotten me where I am. Anything worth doing takes time, and work, and perseverance. You have to have faith in yourself, you have to have the determination to get it right. Get those ducks in a row? Success will find you. It might take weeks, months, years, but if you keep. at. it. things will eventually fall into place.

Anything worth doing takes time, work, and perseverance.

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