Okay, I know sports metaphors are overdone...and I don't usually use them. I have a (sort of) personal connection to this one.
The Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl. Yeah, yeah huzzah for them and all that. The story I want to tell is about one of their receivers, Jordy Nelson, a kid (and yes, even though he now holds the Green Bay postseason record for yards in a postseason game, I can still call a guy ten years younger than me "kid") who grew up about fifteen miles from my hometown.
Long before Nelson grabbed nine passes and scored a touchdown in the Super Bowl, before the Packers chose him in the second round of the draft, before he set Kansas State records as a senior, he was a walk-on for that Wildcat team as a freshman. And before that, he was "just" a Kansas farm kid.
He saw something he wanted and went for it.
Now he's a world champion.
Does everyone achieve what they "go for"? No. Of course not.
But the only way to guarantee failure is by not trying at all.
I don't even need to explain the correlation with writing, do I?