I don't know that I believe in "luck," per se, but I do believe in some strange universal force that makes things happen for a reason. I do feel incredibly "lucky" as a writer, there are things that happened that were just too good to be true or easier than they were supposed to be. My first book was a dream, literally. I dreamt the story line, woke up and thought, "Hey, that's a book." So I started writing. It was my first attempt to write a book. I had an agent two months later and the book sold in a pre-empt a month after that. Lucky? Yes. But I think there was more to it. The timing was right, both in terms of me being able to dedicate myself to writing the story and the market willing to buy it. I think luck is more about perfectly coinciding circumstances than chance.
Lots of things happen like that when writing. I'll be stuck and then I'll hear something or see something that un-sticks me for no reason at all and I'm off and running. I love happy circumstances, like listening to the B-52s Quiche Lorraine, a song from so long ago that I love, and then seeing Quiche Lorraine on a menu at a restaurant the next day. What are the chances? I mean, really, I listen to a song for the first time in years and there it is the next day on a menu - what restaurant has quiche on its menu nowadays?
This morning I heard a song that I've heard a few times before and just loved. So I decided to find it. The video blew me away. Yes, it's cool, but it also has so much to do with the book I'm currently finishing writing, down to the concept of art filling in the shapes of people. This morning I was all set to write a scene at an art musuem around a particular painting that is a mosaic of sorts, just like this video. What are the chances? So I've already had my luck (or perfectly coinciding circumsance) today. It's Gotye's version of Somebody That I Used to Know, featuring Kimbra.