Welcome to My Official Web Page!

Welcome to My Official Web Page!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Zen 101- Destiny



You can look... and you will find it.
You can not look... and you will find it.
That which is yours will surely come to you.


It just might take a really flipping long time.

I love this quote because it reminds me of finding my husband. Neither he or I were looking for a relationship when we stumbled across each other as tour directors on a bus in Alaska. He was carrying a book so I thought he must be smart. And then I found out that even though he wore really goofy shoes, he was also cute and funny. Things just worked out the way they were supposed to.

I'm now applying this attitude to being published. I had it in my head that if I worked hard enough- if I revised enough and sent out enough query letters- I would automatically land my dream agent and get published. Don't get me wrong- I still think Edison was onto something when he talked about 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration.

But I think that 1% inspiration might be better named as luck or destiny.

So wherever you are in this process, keep plugging away. Write that extra page today, do the extra journaling, start that next revision, and send another query letter.

But know that what's meant to happen will happen. But only when it's ready.

And yes, it might take a long time. A really, really, really long time.

But it will happen.

21 comments:

Nicole MacDonald said...

A very good attitude to have :) and one I'm adopting too *grin* Although I do have another idea too, which is if (and it's a big if - but then so is getting published) I managed to reach 1-2k of followers I will publish it via Amazon as an e-book..

Eeeeee! I shouldn't have said that! Now it'll happen *gulp* off to hide under a rock, scuse me ;p

Stephanie Thornton said...

Nicole- Hey, I think if you hit 1-2K followers an e-book isn't a bad idea. And there are some indie presses too- lots of options out there now for writers!

Amanda J. said...

Great post, Stephanie! I think we all need a little reminder every now and then. :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

'You can not look and it will come to you.' I like that.
I am reminded also of 'If you build it, they will come.'
Keep the faith.

Jade said...

LOVING the attitude!!

Thanks, I really needed this reminder.

Jemi Fraser said...

Love that quote! And you're right - I think some things are meant to happen. :)

Aubrie said...

It is taking a loooong time for me. But I won't give up. Great post!

Piedmont Writer said...

An INSANE amount of luck. But you're right, hard work and dedication to the craft will hopefully get us what we want.

Amalia T. said...

Yeah, Lady Luck really has to get behind you for things to happen. The right person to see the right something at the right moment and pitch it to the right other person at the publishing house. But thanks for the pep talk! I am going to have to send out a new batch of queries in the next couple of days, and I'm dragging my feet against the disappointment.

Bane of Anubis said...

I love that poster -- karma's a bitch :)

L. T. Host said...

Great post, Stephanie! Although now I'm starting to feel impatient... ah well.

Taryn Tyler said...

How funny. I was just thinking about the same concept last night --though for some reason I never applied the word destiny. good post.

Elspeth Antonelli said...

I'm trying to appreciate the irony that I've gotten myself into a profession where patience is a necessity and I'm one of the least patient people in the world.

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

You're right on, sista! Keep at it. If I can make you so can you! You have the right attitude and that will help you through the tough times. :)

Amanda Sablan said...

Yes, I believe that everythng happens for a reason, so keep up the fight!

The Alliterative Allomorph said...

Yep, I'm plugging away :) With my new pen! hehehe

Elana Johnson said...

First, I love that poster. Second, excellent post today. I couldn't agree more.

Lola Sharp said...

Love the poster/pic. and, as always, I love this post.
I'm all about zen right now...or my brain would implode.

(love your little hubby story :)

Love,
Lola

WritingNut said...

This is a wonderful post - thanks for the reminder. I'm a firm believer in what's meant to happen will happen - but I know we all get a little impatient - but we have to keep that faith.

Mohamed Mughal said...

There's strength in surrender: "Thy will be done."

prashant said...

think we all need a little reminder every now and then
Contextual Ad Network India