Last year I posted a somewhat gloomy post about how getting published was 30% talent, 30% hard work, 30% persistence, and 10% of luck (or something like that – don’t ask me to check). And that the problem I had with that equation was that the 10% was something you had no control over. It might happen. Or it could never happen. It all depends on a combination of the right manuscript, the right publisher, the right editor, at the right time.
Or, in another analogy, a combination of wind speed, trajectory, and the weight of the pig.
Yeah, gloomy, depressing. And I am a great one for looking on the depressing side because sometimes you just don’t want to hope.
Luckily I have a mother who is the most incredibly supportive person you could ever want to meet (hi Mum!) and something she said to me last night got me thinking about that old 10%. She reckoned that if luck is involved, all it means is that you have to spread your net wider until you eventually catch something. The wider the net, the greater the chance.
I know, people have been saying this to me for a while now and I have been listening. It’s just that I’m a person who gets very focussed on one thing and shifting that focus can be difficult. But this year I’m going to give it a go. This year I’m going to try something a little different.
And starting it off is going to be my first attempt at a novella. I’ve never really liked short stories to be honest (except for Roald Dahl) – I like my stories long. And as far as writing one…I have difficulty with keeping under 50k let alone writing reeeeeaaaallly short. But I had an idea for a shorter story a couple of weeks ago and…well…gotta widen that net, right? Besides, as my six year old keeps telling me, ‘only try, Mummy. You have to try’. 🙂
So, anyone else widening their net and trying something different? If so, what is it? Share!