Five Author Lessons

Posted on 05. Jul, 2016 by in Uncategorized

Recently I was asked to tell about five things that I’ve learned as a writer/author. It was fun to really think about what I’ve learned through this journey. I hope you enjoy them!

  1. Don’t give up! Last summer I was ready to put my writing to the side forever but decided to submit my book to a small publishing company just to see what would happen. I was pleasantly surprised when they sent me a contract to publish my book! If I had given up, I never would have accomplished my dream of having a book published.
  2. Open yourself up to the people around you. As an introvert, getting out of my shell can be hard, but publishing a book has pushed me outside of my comfort zone as I’ve promoted it. The loving support I’ve received from the people around me and on online communities has left me wondering what I was afraid of! There are so many amazing people out there and now I can’t wait to meet as many of them as possible!
  3. Dreams do come true! I’m a dreamer. Always have been, but it’s a whole different experience to have one actually come true. At work the other day, our boss was asking people what their dream was. The first thing that popped into my head was to be a published author. Then I paused as I realized that I already was!
  4. Not much changes. After the moment of realizing that my dream had come true, I also realized that I’m still me, and not much has changed in my life. This is good news to me. I spent many years afraid to get published because I thought my life would change. That there would be more demands and I wouldn’t pay as much attention to my family. But happily that isn’t the case. The only thing that has changed is that I can search for my name on Amazon and a really cool cover pops up next to my name!
  5. Writing stories doesn’t mean I’m not living life. For me, writing gives me a chance to examine and think about life in new ways that I can’t do in real life. (Cuz I’ve never been a secret rock star, but always wanted to be! LOL) I love taking my life experiences and turning them into stories that are much more interesting than real life! But that doesn’t mean I don’t love real life. It just means I like my plot twists on paper where I can control the outcome!!

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