Did you know that if you close your eyes facing towards the sun you’ll see very nice bright colors inside your head. The colors will be changing and vary from yellow to bright red with a bright orange and all shades in- between those. You will enjoy the esthetically pleasant sensations.
Well I didn’t know either, until one day when I was writing in the balcony just before the sunset. When the sun came out and started kissing my face I decided to take a moment and concentrate on the nice sensations. So I took out the sunglasses and closed my eyes facing the sun.
Why am I telling you this you would wander and what does it have to do with writing?
Well, while watching those nice colors I realized how important the opportunities are. I thought that we never know what the opportunity will bring until we try something new. In the above example, just one small and unusual act brought me to a completely new place. A place I had never been before.
I think one should pay attention to different potential opportunities. The same goes for the writing.
Sometimes the problem is that we are so obsessed with the book we are writing, that we don’t notice other things around us. We might be so focused on the initial plot of the novel that we miss the nice new twist that was not initially planned.
When I was writing my first novel I thought about the characters and re-lived the story day and night. At that period I stopped driving a car, because I sometimes forgot to look at the streetlights and signs. And what happens when we get obsessed with our book? Well, besides the fact that the chances are that we will actually finish it this time, we might also miss opportunities.
The most frequent question I am getting these days is how did I find a publisher.
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Well, actually my literary agency found the publisher, not me. But I was the one who found the literary agency.
And how did it happen?
Well, I just saw their Facebook post stating that they were looking for English writers. Although I am not English, but I had books written and self published in English. So I jumped at the opportunity and contacted them. And things worked out…
If I did not notice the Facebook post, if I thought too long over whether to write them or not, nothing would have happened. Maybe nothing would have happened even after I did. That was possible too. But I would never know if I did not try.
Life is full of possibilities. We simply need to be open and flexible enough to embrace them. Pay attention to the opportunities that come your way and they may take you to a better place or change your life completely.
Just go ahead, write your best book, overcome self-doubt, don’t miss the opportunities that are around you and believe that everything is possible!
P.S. I took this photo on the day I spoke about from the balcony where I was writing just before the sunrise.