When I grew up I decided that I wanted to be a writer. I loved reading books, but I also wanted to contribute to the literary scene.
I had attempted to write a book when I was sixteen and abandoned the effort, so I wanted to prove to myself that I could do this. So when I was working as a telemarketer, I began work on the first book in my Colors That Bind trilogy Amethyst Epiphany.
After searching for several years for a home for my book I decided to enter it in a book contest I had found on Linked In. I figured, why not? It was worth a shot.
Shortly after, I was contacted by the publisher that launched the contest. They wanted to publish my book, and I was told that it was written in such a way that it almost won the contest. However, they still wanted to offer me a contract.
I was very excited! I remember flying down the stairs to tell my mother and sister, and they both looked at me as if I had lost my mind. Even after they heard the news I don't think that they were half as excited as I was.
However, this was a short-lived dream. After working with them for over a year (as I continued writing other books, poetry, and short stories) the editor who accepted my story had to take some time off as she was dealing with an illness.
The head editor told me that the book was too long and that I would have to shorten it before they'd look at it. I made the suggestion I was given, of splitting the book in half, but they rejected that idea. I was given back my contract and the rights to my novel.
I remember feeling crushed, defeated, and crying.
My friend, Alicia, insisted that I was a good writer and that I had to keep writing. I'm so glad that I listened to that encouragement and bit of advice because, shortly after, Ravenswood Publishing accepted the first of seven books in my Magic Series. Blood & Magic came to be in March 2015 and the second book of the series Dragons & Magic was published in October 2015.
Sometimes bad things happen and dreams fall through, but if you keep dreaming and believing and working towards your goals they can and will happen. I truly believe that.
Without difficulty we cannot emerge stronger than we once were. We must always improve ourselves and become stronger, because this world can be a hard place. But it can also be a beautiful one.
I encourage you to let go of whatever it is that's restraining you because if you don't follow your heart, you will end up miserable. My uncle once wrote to me before he lost his battle with depression and said: "Find out what you love most in your heart and go after it relentlessly, because settling for anything else will never bring true happiness. Of all there is to know in this brief, hectic life, strive to know your true self best, everything else will follow in due course."
I take these words to heart, and I offer them to you, to encourage you to believe in the impossible and make it a reality. After all, even the word impossible says, "I'm possible." Nothing is impossible unless you make it so. We can be our own worst enemies, but why can't we be our own best friends, too? Why must we always be at odds with ourselves or fear the rejection of others, or what they should think?
"Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will," Suzy Kassem says. I believe she is absolutely right. So whatever may be holding you back, simply let it go. Overcome your demons!
Make your dream yours. You may not be given another day. What are you waiting for?
What's holding you back from your dreams? Self-doubt? The opinions of others? The time you'll need to build said dream? Fear?
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