I love when good things happen to good writers, don’t you? I especially love when all of a writer’s efforts accumulate over time and then––seemingly suddenly––something wonderful results.
No matter how writing success manifests, I’ve noticed that good things tend to happen as a result of effort over time and not from mere luck or chance. A phenomenon that is particularly awesome is when one good thing is followed by another and then another and then another.
Imagine your writing career (back in the day) as a little fruit seed with the path of a tree ahead of it. The seed germinated in the ground until the timing was right to extend itself beyond what it knew. Then it reached up and down and sideways through the dirt, setting up root systems to hold it steady as it reached up, up, up into the sky.
The wider and deeper the roots, the more branches it can send out, creating a sapling that will eventually become a sturdy young tree that is ready, after many seasons, to bear fruit.
This phenomenon is called “entelechy.” It is the entelechy of the apple seed to become an apple tree. It is the entelechy of a writing career to bear ample fruit. Once fruition is accomplished one time, fruition is repeated season after season after season, often with increasing ease and abundance.
I’ve noticed that this kind of proliferation of success often happens with writers who have been working steadily over a period of time, usually with clarity, sustainable passion and in win-win-win partnerships with others (qualities I’ve been writing about in this column all year).
How long does a writer have to work before his or her efforts come to fruition? Who knows! Perhaps it depends on how intensely and consistently the writer has been working. I know from personal experience that writing career success is the fruition of many inter-related efforts, usually consciously pulled together to prepare for the next opportunity.
And speaking of fruition, while writing this letter to you, I received a phone call from one of my alma maters, Columbia College Chicago: Would I like to come and be a featured speaker at their creative non-fiction event this fall? You’re darn right, I would! See you in Chicago in October.
The cooler weather welcomes the harvest season—mine, yours, and, in the case of this e-zine, ours. October is our anniversary month. Writers on the Rise is celebrating four years of service to our writing community. I would like to honor our slow, steady growth over the years and wish us many more years of the same. I also want to congratulate you on whatever success is coming to fruition from your writing efforts thus far. I wish you continued prosperity in the future. Happy harvest, writers!
Christina Katz is the author of Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids (Writer’s Digest Books, March 2007). She is a featured presenter at the Writer’s Digest/BEA Writer’s Conference, The Whidbey Island Writers Association MFA Residency, and the Willamette Writers Conference. She’s been teaching writing-for-publication classes for six years and has appeared on Good Morning America. She is also publisher and editor of this e-zine and another called The Writer Mama. Christina blogs daily at http://www.thewritermama.wordpress.com/. For more about Writer Mama, visit Christina’s website at http://www.thewritermama.com/.