Writing, Writing and Writing, Oh My
One does not simply just sit down and write a book. Well, maybe if your Stephen King or Dan Brown you might. If you are the average joe off the street, that just had a little dream since you were a kid, it can take years to see that desire come to reality. For me, it took 42.
When I was 15 years old, I was required to put a rough outline of a book together for a project in my sophomore year of high school. I started by taking old magazines and cutting out pictures that I found interesting. After purchasing an old ledger from the local five and dime, I started to paste a picture on each page and used that picture as an inspiration for the message that I was going to write. This time it would be poetry that found its way on to the pages. But I knew deep down inside that eventually, it would be something very different.
Over the years, I made numerous attempts at putting a book together in many types of genres. They never seemed to come together. Now, when I look back, I truly believe that the reason was it just wasn’t my time. I am a true believer that all things come to us when they are supposed to, not before, and my time has finally come.
The process of publishing a book is not an easy one. There were many times that I had to just walk away from it and go back and read some of my own messages as self-doubt started to find its way in. You simply cannot write a book and be thin skinned. The editing, proofing, layout and publishing process will tax you beyond belief. However, when you finally hold the finished product in your hand, all that had come before was well worth the effort.
Publishing doesn’t mean that the questions stop. Will people like it? Will it sell? Are there mistakes? What will the reviews be like? The list goes on. In the end, the answers to those questions matter. But the sense of accomplishment that comes with seeing that little dream come to reality is far more important. For now, I will rest in that feeling and continue to write, celebrate and love what I do. I hope you too are living your passion.
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