[op-er-too-ni-tee, -tyoo-]
1. an appropriate or favorable time or occasion:
2.a situation or condition favorable for attainment of a goal.
3.a good position, chance, or prospect, as for advancement or success.

source: http://www.dictionary.com/opportunity

How often is an opportunity missed because of distractions, misguided motivation, or mismanaged time? All. The. Time. I am guilty of this on a daily basis.  Thomas A. Edison simply stated: “We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work”.

Writing is work. It is a mishmash of imagination, creativity, research, observation, brainstorming, outlining, writing, editing, revising, rewriting…a cyclical process with each idea that one has the courage to bring to life.

The opportunities for ideas are endless and can be gleaned anywhere at anytime. Being perceptive to opportunity is the essence of the art of writing.

Author Susan Tan shares the following advice about writing on the go:

“…writing on the go remains one of my biggest sources of inspiration. When I’m stuck, I’ll steal from what I see, and anything from a carousel, to curtains, to the snippets of someone else’s grocery list…”

(excerpt from Tara Lazar’s blog post, January 24, 2018)

A story idea can come to you at any moment so be ready! If you haven’t heard of StoryStorm yet, check it out (https://taralazar.com/storystorm/). I highly recommend participating in contests and writing challenges, joining a critique group, become a member of a writing organization, follow other writer’s blog and peruse their web sites. Again, the opportunities are endless, so don’t miss yours.



Amanda Kirkham, M.Ed., is an elementary school teacher, writer, and aspiring author. She is a triplet, a runner, and perpetual student. Her motto is “Never stop learning!” One of her favorite childhood pastimes was to read every side of the cereal box and digest the information. She lives in Georgia with her husband and four children.