As many of you know, I decided a year ago to dedicate more time to my writing projects and would post up my progress, or lack of, as I go.
With that in mind, I would also like to talk about ‘missed opportunity‘.
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I’ve been sitting on this idea for a magazine I love for about a year now. I knew it was perfect and I was looking forward to pitching it.
I’d already made contact with the magazine editor and she seemed open to viewing more of my ideas. The situation was primed.
The only problem – I couldn’t quite get the article down.
I tinkered with it for a few weeks, then I’d put it aside for a few months thinking ‘I’ll come back to it later’.
I don’t know how many times I did this, but it’s safe to say that it was probably more than the current number of re-runs of ‘Come Dine with Me‘.
So I’m flicking through the latest copy of said magazine when I see a peek at next months articles. There in black and white bold print is not only my idea for an article, but it has my chosen title as well.
I stared at it for a few minutes in disbelief. All that played in my head was – that could’ve been me!
Hey, I’m a big believer in everything happens from the reason and I never like to pass up a situation without trying to learn something from it. Even if it is, I watch TV far too much (see original Come Dine with me comment).
I realised that ideas are around us all the time. You only have to reach up and seize it.
But if you don’t, somebody else will. Someone will be willing to work a little longer, or harder than you did. And they will make a success of your missed opportunity.
Now I’ll be committing that particular idea to the archive section of my computer, labelled ‘took too long and now I feel stupid’.
So, if the muse smiles upon you today and an idea happens to float past you, grab it with both hands and work on it now. Do it now. Don’t wait till tomorrow.
In the meantime, you’ll find me at the bar, downing whiskey and muttering in low tones about how I had a great idea once!
Happy Writing 🙂
p.s. Another thing I learnt today – always back up your work. Because something will happen, such as child impaled on broom, and you will lose your entire post and have to start again, if it wasn’t for browser back up that is – phew!