Friday, May 10, 2024

When Opportunity Knocks for a Writer

by Lilka Raphael @Lilka_Raphael

A successful writing career requires patience and persistence. It also requires that a writer maximize every opportunity that comes to call. The adage, “Opportunity only knocks once,” is not necessarily true. However, it may not knock as loudly when it returns. As writers, achieving our goals challenges us to anticipate opportunity and prepare for its arrival. 

Preparation requires that we keep writing when we feel uninspired. It is incredibly easy to find reasons not to write. There are so many things that vie for our attention. Death by distraction probably kills opportunity quicker than anything else. Yet, diligence entices opportunity. The resolve to keep writing and allow submission guidelines to influence what we write may not open a door, but it can crack it. We can stay true to our voice while considering the marketability of our work and the audience for our words.

Opportunity also requires that we remain available. It doesn’t linger and easily finds another writer eager to answer the call. We make ourselves available by connecting with mentors, authors, critique groups, and writing communities. My inbox overflows with writing prospects and resources daily. Not all of them are not suited for me. However, I forward those emails to other authors. When we refer information to others, they often reciprocate and share opportunities in return. Likewise, my mentors challenge me to step up and walk through doors my introverted self would never dream of approaching. Get connected and stay connected. Word Weavers International, 540 Writers Community, blogs, conferences, and their affiliated websites are fantastic ways to develop relationships with writers who are enthusiastic about the profession and are willing to share their knowledge. 

Winston Churchill acknowledged that, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” If God provides an occasion to present our work or minister with our words, it is deliberate. When compelled to complete a task, our Father equips us with the talent and resources to do things that appear impossible. I enjoy writing devotions. However, I never considered writing a devotional until someone suggested it. When asked to write something you wouldn’t typically consider, do not presume you are not qualified. Your peers and acquaintances may recognize talents you have yet to appreciate or develop. Prayerfully consider every request or suggestion presented to you.

Lastly, opportunity requires that we go in the strength that we have. And we may have to do it afraid. 

The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor! Judges 6:12 NKJV 

This was true for Gideon, and it is true for us as well. Our Father promises to be with us and help us to accomplish the things He calls us to do. Amplify your faith and answer the call you mighty writer. God reassured Gideon repeatedly and He encourages us through ideas, dreams, and advice from other people. Gideon had his assignment, and we have ours. 

When opportunity knocks, we should be prepared, courageous, and go in the strength that we have. 


A Florida native, Lilka Finley Raphael has been a licensed pharmacist for over thirty years. Her passions for writing, gardening, and photography prompted her to share her experiences and life lessons on her blogs B Is for Blessed and God, autism, & me. You can learn more about her at

Lilka’s greatest achievements are her two adult sons who have flown the nest. Happily married for thirty-two years, she lives east of Atlanta with her husband, Rod. They now share their home with two German Shepherds—Holly and Ivy—and one naughty kitty, Moxie.


  1. Lilka,

    Thank you for this important article and encouragement to seize opportunity for our words to get into the world. Grateful,

    author of Book Proposals That $ell, 21 Secrets To Speed Your Success (Revised Edition) [Follow the Link for a FREE copy]

  2. Thank you for sharing this great truth and encouragement.