Let's Talk with Lois Winston
Busting a Writing Myth
Awards season wrapped the end of last month. Some people won. Some didn’t. There were some surprises and some expectations fulfilled. And there were the endless acceptance speeches about hard work eventually paying off, no matter how long it takes. All you have to do is believe in yourself and keep on plugging away because that’s what happened for those lucky few clutching a gold-plated naked man. If it happened for them, it can happen for anyone.
To some people, these soundbites are inspirational. Unfortunately, not so for most people. In every walk of life, there are people with dreams who work their tails off toward goals that are never achieved. The sad truth is that talent and drive will only get you so far in life. There’s a third component that factors in, and it’s never in your control. You need to be in the right place at the right time. For far too many people, when their ship finally docks, they discover it’s a leaky rowboat. Or worse yet, they missed the ship because they were waiting at the train station instead of the pier.
I’ve had my share of ups and downs in life and often have wondered about the paths not taken. How different would certain things have turned out?
Far worse, though, are the incredibly talented people I’ve known who never got the breaks they deserved. The publishing world is strewn with the ghosts of rejected manuscripts—many by gifted writers who wrote fabulous books but never had them land on the right editor’s desk on the right day.
One such writer was Karen Davenport, one of my first critique partners. Some books that I read are so bland that I can’t remember them a week later. I scratch my head wondering how they ever got published. Then there were Karen’s manuscripts. Her prose was exquisite. Her plots kept you turning pages. Her characters came alive on the page.
Years later, Karen’s stories have stayed with me. And yet, only a select handful of people ever had the pleasure of getting lost in one of her novels. Karen passed away years ago before ever seeing her dream of publication realized. She was the perfect example of how life is not always fair, no matter how talented you are or how hard you work toward your goals.
Karen was Anastasia’s biggest fan, and a day doesn’t go by that I don’t think of her as I write. I can’t share her writing with you, but I can keep her memory alive by telling the world about her.
How do you feel when you hear people say that all you have to do is keep working toward your dreams or goals and you’ll eventually reach them, no matter how long it takes? Is your glass of goals half-full, half-empty, or merely half a glass, waiting to finish filling up?
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