Saint Patrick’s Day is almost here, and along with it comes wishes for luck. Maybe you’ll buy a lottery ticket hoping to win the big prize. Maybe you’ll find a rogue and lucky four-leaf clover tucked among the shamrock plants at the garden center. Or maybe you’ll send your query letters out on March 17th wishing for luck to get your book published.
But what is luck really?
The Oxford English dictionary says luck is:
Success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions.
Are you relying on luck to get published? If so, you’re playing an endless game of wishing and hoping. Luck is something outside your control. It’s the toss of a coin at the beginning of a football game.
Let me suggest something better. FAITH.
Oxford defines faith as:
Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
That sounds better than luck, doesn’t it? And better yet—Faith is something within your control. You can control how much faith you have in your writing skills, and you can control your confidence in your ability to learn. How? By thinking positively and by trusting God to lead you.
Well-known authors have relied on the power of faith. E.B. White, winner of many awards including the National Medal for Literature, a Pulitzer Prize, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, said, “Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.”
In the introduction to the tenth anniversary edition of her book The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron writes: “Artists are visionaries. We routinely practice a form of faith, seeing clearly and moving toward a creative goal that shimmers in the distance—often visible to us, but invisible to those around us. Difficult as it is to remember, it is our work that creates the market, not the market that creates our work. Art is an act of faith, and we practice practicing it.”
This applies not only to artists, but also to writers and anyone else engaging in something creative.
Every word. Every sentence. Every paragraph
is an act of faith.
So, on this Saint Patrick’s Day I don’t wish you luck! Instead, I pray that you embrace the power of faith.
You have it in your heart to write. Add to that, faith in your God-given ability and confidence in yourself. Keep moving toward your goals. Stop wishing and hoping. Just believe.
YOU CAN DO IT!
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