Murphy’s Law – As It Applies To An Author

As authors, we are beset by hills and valleys of success and failure. Some days, we may feel there are more valleys than hills. Some days, Murphy’s Law has the upper hand.

What is Murphy’s Original Law?

If there are two or more ways to do something, and one of those ways can result in a catastrophe, then someone will do it.

Other wise men have opined similar notable truisms.

  • Etorre’s Observation – The other line moves faster.
  • Franklin’s Rule – Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he will not be disappointed.

Such profound truisms speak to life in general.

In my experience, I have found that some days just reek of… Murphy’s Law!

1. The chance that your copy machine will break down is proportional to the importance of the manuscript that needs to be copied.

2. When you arrive at your Writer’s Conference pitch session appointment, you find you’ve left the synopsis at home.

3. There will always be candy and soda cans on the floor of your car when the writing instructor asks for a ride home after class.

4. Any time you are unable to resolve a scene in your manuscript, ask your critique leader. She probably won’t know either, but she will fake it.

5. If you’ve spent all your money earmarked for “Advertising and Writing Conferences,” someone will always remind you of what you wasted your money on.

6. Your computer will play havoc the afternoon you have to finish an article for a 5:00 press release.

7. At the Writer’s Conference, you forgot to attend an important lecture you signed up for on Day One.

8. Your neighbor will cut down trees on the day you planned to work on that difficult chapter.

9. Your laptop will fail during the main speaker’s lecture at the Writer’s Conference.

10. To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer. (I didn’t make up that one.)

Yes, even Christian writers can fall prey to the trials and valleys set upon us by events beyond our control, but take heart. We have the ultimate secret weapon for success. We have a friend who gives approval and comfort when things go wrong. Whether we write devotionals, women’s fiction, or cozy cat mysteries, if we are writing to glorify Him…God will bless our efforts in His own way and in His own good time.

The Lord has always been our greatest support and our most devoted fan.

“My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.”  Psalm 45:1

“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with His hand.”  Psalm 37:23-24

Elaine Faber has published four novels, various magazine articles and multiple anthology stories. Elaine lives in Elk Grove with her husband and three house cats. She volunteers  at the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop.

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