From time to time, I feature a quote from another blogger that inspires me. This one is from my awesome critique partner, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, who has taught me a lot about determination and has given me so much encouragement and advice (thanks Deb, for introducing me to Twitter).
"...stop angsting about what you can't control and do what you can to make your own luck."
Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Luck, Lightning Rods and the Publishing Industry: Tips on How to Make Your Own Luck, posted on the MiG Writers blog, July 3, 2013
I love this quote because it actually applies to all areas of life, not just the writing part of it. For me, it's about taking action to reach a goal and not passively waiting for something to happen (just like what we're always saying the main characters of our stories need to do).
It's also about not wasting energy obsessing over what might happen or how it might happen or when it's going to happen, but instead focusing on things that might help you get closer to your goal, even if they seem small or insignificant.
If you want some ideas for applying this to your writing life, check out Deb's tips for how to make your own luck over at MiG Writers.