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Write Now! Tip: Be a Lucky Writer by Rochelle Melander

17 March 2015

Note From Rochelle

Dear Writers,

In Milwaukee, where I live, they’ve been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day since the first weekend in March. Today, the bars open at 6:00 AM for Irish breakfasts and, of course, beer.

Even if you’re not Irish, you might be interested in today’s article about how to be a lucky writer!

Happy Writing! Rochelle, the Write Now! Coach


When I was young, I often spent hours searching for four-leaf clovers. I knew that finding one would bring me good luck.

Although I’ve mostly grown out of that notion, I sometimes attribute writing success to luck. When someone lands a big agent, repeatedly gets good writing gigs, or has a bestseller, I might think: “That writer has the best luck!”

Then I remember the old adage from Louis Pasteur, “Fortune favors the prepared mind.”

For the most part, the luckiest writers read a lot, write regularly, attend conferences, submit their work, and regularly connect with readers.

Yes, sometimes they also have amazingly good luck—how else can we explain the wild success of some of the less well-written best sellers? (I’m not naming names.)

But we have no control over luck. All we can do is write, submit, revise, and promote—and repeat until fortune favors our preparedness!


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