What are a writer’s chance of success?

I read a most awesome blog post this morning, which puts everything into perspective about the possibility of being a successful writer.

Kristen Lamb, author of We Are Not Alone, words it much better than I ever could, but basically she is saying that from the millions of people in the world who have a dream to write a novel, very few actually sit down and start writing. And of those who actually start writing, even fewer finish. And of those that finish, even fewer go through the process of editing, and polishing, and bringing that manuscript up to standard where it is accepted by an agent/publisher. And of those who get that far, fewer continue to market themselves and their writing. And those that do, fewer still continue on to write more books, and repeat the process.

So at the end of the day, if you are willing to put in the hard yards, there is a very high chance you will become one of the successful, best-selling authors!

If you’d like to read Kristen’s post (and I highly recommend you do), check it out at: http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/what-are-the-odds-of-success-really/

A Sustainable Dream is up!

And it’s up! For those of you who caught my post last Sunday and want to read more, or if you’ve only just come across this today and you like stories about self-sufficiency, and overcoming odds to follow your dreams, check out narratorAustralia!

http://www.narratoraustralia.com/2013/05/a-sustainable-dream-heather-jensen.html

6 Sentence Sunday – A Sustainable Dream

I am so excited to announce that one of my favourite stories has been accepted for publication at narratorAustralia. It will be available on their website (http://www.narratoraustralia.com/) on 19th May 2013 (next Sunday!) narratorAustralia publishes writing and poetry by authors residing in Australia – everyday there is something new to check out!

A Sustainable Dream was written for a competition: Todorov’s Equilibrium. Tzvetan Todorov is a philospher who argues that all stories follow a structure – the story starts with the characters in a place of calm and equilibrium. This happy lifestyle is turned upside down by an event, and the characters then have to fight their way back to a place of equilibrium again, though slightly different to the first.

Without any further babbling – here are the first 6 sentences of ‘A Sustainable Dream’.

Kayla took her coffee to the veranda and sat back in the old rocking chair, looking out as she did to survey the landscape. The scene before her was one she had imagined so often: lush gardens; trees laden with fruit; vines, canes and bushes overloaded with berries; a forest of colour as vegetables grew to abundance. Tiny blue wrens and robins with their bright red breast flew from tree to tree; wattle birds fed on the cyclamen and higher above a flock of black cockatoos screeched their way across the sky. Beyond towered the mountains, their colour ever changing with the seasons and the light.

The beauty of it all still caught Kayla, the realisation of a life’s dream. She had worked so hard to have her own slice of heaven; juggling two jobs while James was raised by his teachers during the day and her parents most other times.

 

To read more: check out narratorAustralia next Sunday!