Don’t tell me I’m lucky.

Alright, so here’s my rant of the day/week/month/year.

So, I’m taking that creative writing class now, right? Well, first thing of the class, our teacher writes a long introductory letter, and then we have to read the introductions from two different textbooks, and this is what really stood out to me in all three…

“Only the famous authors become famous by sheer luck.” 

Now, no, I’m sure that’s not exactly how each of the three introductions stated that… but that’s what I took away from them and they all either directly stated it in some other way or indirectly implied it.

I do have a problem with this statement, though. And, like, I was laying in bed this morning, after my nephews had flipped my lights on/off and screamed at me a couple of times… I buried my head in my pillow and just kind of did that thing where my mind just wanders a little, and, I guess, this is the thing it wandered to today. I thought about it for a long time, too… and the more I thought, the more actually kind of mad I got.

There’s a lot that goes into the creation of a best-selling, “famous” author. I will admit that luck maybe does play some role in it sometimes. But, seriously, it’s not all luck. It can’t all be.

There’s hard work, there’s perseverance, there’s talent or skill… and that’s just to name a few. There’s all these other things that you literally have to have on top of “sheer luck”. Do you ever see anyone who is lazy, doesn’t edit their work, maybe even hates writing to begin with get to the top of the book charts? I certainly haven’t.

Why can’t we just say, or maybe even consider, that some, if not all, best-selling authors become best-sellers because they earned it? Because they worked hard for it, they didn’t give up, and they wrote things that were worthy of being best-sellers? By saying they got there just out of luck, are we just saving face for the writers that don’t quite have all those things?

Okay, now I’m turning pretty Kari Bradshaw on y’all, but I seriously think these are things to think about.

Maybe it’s because I’m in an introductory course that these things are coming up right away. I mean, I hate dream crushers anyway, but come on, people, don’t just put writers immediately off because you think “luck” is the only thing that apparently affects anything.

Please, people, share your opinions with the ranter of the decade down below.

-iKari

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