Opportunist Knocking

When enough people told me I had a gift with words, I bought the best computer money could buy (remember the 486?), computer paper, ink—the works. I set up a corner of the baby’s room with a desk, lamp, writing instruments, and lots of erasers. I purchased books on writing, publishing, query letters, and manuscript formatting.

A few published friends and acquaintances were gracious enough to look over my stuff. They bloodied my work with criticisms and recommendations. In so doing, they helped me get published.

Writing takes work, lots of it. It requires:

● planning
● preparation
● strategy
● goal-setting
● long hours
● determination

For many of us, the input outweighs the output. Of the thousands of pages we write, only a handful see publication. That’s okay, especially as we’re getting established.

Meanwhile, take advantage of every means to grow as a writer:

● When you get your tax refund, invest it in yourself and your craft.
● When God introduces you to another writer, pick their brain while becoming their friend.
● Attend writers conferences and webinars.
● Read free materials in the library and online.

Be an opportunist. When opportunity knocks, open the door. You never know who or what God has sent to help you advance your career.

Dr. Jim Zabloski, an adjunct professor at Liberty University, teaches writing and education classes online. His thesis, Gifted Dropouts, is available online from Liberty University.

Photo credit: <a href=”http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=659″>Salvatore Vuono</a>


  1. Jim Zabloski says

    My best advice is to go to writer’s conferences (most are quite affordable), and there are many free resources at your public library. You don’t have to shell out a fortune to learn to write or to become a writer. Write often and submit when your work is perfected. Much of your success lies in others’ hands (aka editors.) What you can do is prepare, plan, organize, strategize and pray for the outcome.

  2. LeAnne Burgess says

    I was a CWG Apprentice of yours many years ago! Although I procrastinated and wasted so much of our time during that course, I did learn from it. My youngest son died, unexpectedly in 2008 and I “dropped out”(literally destroyed all my writing, including my Apprentice course book and work) from everything to do with writing, up until the end of last year. I’m writing again, but can’t tell you how much I regret not completing that course! I was working full time as a psychiatric nurse back then. Now I survive on SSD. Jim, I am so thankful for your words of wisdom! To other students, I would say, “Don’t waste your talent. Work hard. Apply yourself. Last of all, NEVER EVER destroy your work. Give it to someone to keep until you are safe to have it in your possession again.

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