Have you ever wanted to take something to the next level but were to afraid to do it?
That’s how I felt about my writing. I have been doing it for years but never took the leap to take it to the next level. Honestly it was because I was scared out of my mind! Being home schooled I didn’t get to the best education. I didn’t know how to format, where to put commas and don’t even get me started on spelling.
I enjoyed everything about writing creating the characters and developing stories yet if anyone wanted to read it I would say no. I didn’t want my lack of grammer skills to be known. I was afraid no one would be able to see past them and think I was a terrible writer. I was even afraid of an editor to look at my work because I knew they would laugh and send it back. Because of my fear I never thought I would ever be a successful published author. I’m just glad that my fear didn’t stop me from writing in general.
One weekend I took my little sister to a convention. It was an Anime convention so it was pretty cool. I haven’t seen any of the new stuff but I did know a few things about Anime. At the beginning of the weekend they introduced all of the guests. Most of which were voice actors whom I didn’t know. Just when I thought this weekend wasn’t going to be as much fun for me as it would be my sister They introduced 3 published authors who were having a few panels over the weekend.
That really peaked my interest. I went to all of the panels they ran. One was called Mistakes we made so you don’t have to. This was when the authors shared their personal experience with writing and publishing their books. It was on that panel one of the authors gave us this tip ‘Take your writing seriously.’
She then explained that for her this was very hard to do but she has yet to regret quitting her job and dedicate her time to writing. She also said that taking your writing seriously can look different for everyone. For her it was quitting for you it could just mean setting time aside everyday to write. I took this to heart. I wanted to do it I wanted to take my writing seriously.
Course I was still afraid. Then my mother-in-law told me about a friend of hers that was a published author. She told me I should talk to her and see if she would be willing to help me get published. I wanted to but once again that fear crept up so I never did. Until one day we went to a birthday party and she was there. I knew that I had to speak with her I couldn’t pass it up. I jumped in on a conversation she was having with a few other ladies and told her that I too was a writer.
And that was the beginning of a mentor ship. She took me by the hand and have lead me through everything even gave me great connections with editors that would be willing to look at my work and not send it back. I was still scared but with her and my mother-in-law helping me I was finally ready to take the leap. I quit my dead end job and dedicated my time to writing. And I’m excited to say that I am going to be publishing my first book this year!
Be on the look out I will be posting the release date once I have one.
So if there is something stopping you from taking it to the next level I’m here to say you can do it. Follow your dreams and just do it!