Every so often, a thought hits me and it inspires a mild panic in me, and a great desire to have more time to do what I truly love (which is writing, duh). Ever since I pooled together all my short stories of the past decade and put them together to publish Bowlful of Bunnies, I’ve left my archive of unpublished work for solicitation barren and empty. I came across a post on reddit of an agent looking for submissions and it hit me that I really wouldn’t have anything ready to submit any time soon.
That’s…kind of a problem. The request wasn’t even for finished, super-polished, practically ready for publication manuscripts, but I haven’t even got a so-rough-it-hurts typed manuscript at the moment. I have got to get my butt in gear. I have several projects going on…why can’t I just hurry up and finish one? I’m hoping maybe NaNoWriMo can help out with that, or it could just be a complete distraction. I know for a fact I’m not going to be publishing a book this year, because I just don’t have anything to publish.
What it comes down to is the fact that an author, especially an independent one, should always have something in their back pocket. The world of writing is a lot of hard work and perseverance and skill, but there’s also a good amount of luck involved, too. Being in the right place at the right time. Having something prepared for any opportunity that might pop up, because you never know when something unexpected might surface. You want to be able to take advantage of these happy coincidences, rather than wringing your hands and letting it pass you by because you didn’t have anything prepared.
So, what do you think? Do you always try to have something in your back pocket for when an opportunity turns its head?