I started writing songs to play on my guitar in my early teens. But, that was just for fun. It wasn’t until my divorce that the writing bug really bit me. I was looking for some way to earn money from home to support my young children. I saw an ad in a magazine seeking people to write children’s books. I was excited, and answered the ad, thinking that it was just what I was looking for. The criteria was to write an article, and send it in for evaluation of my writing skills, and possible publication and pay. So, I sat down, and began writing. Before I knew it, a story began developing in my mind faster than I could type it!
I then sent it in, and waited. I was on pins and needles, waiting for a response. The day I got the reply, I was giddy.
But, I opened it and my heart sunk. They said that they loved the story…and they wanted me to send them $5,000 so that they could teach me how to write.
FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS!!
I was a single Mom and I just did not have that kind of money. However, their praise encouraged me to try a “real” publishing company. I sent it to one in New York. Unfortunately, I got the same response: They loved it, and wanted a lot of money to publish it, which I did not have.
However, by this time, I’d been bitten by the writing bug. I knew that I had found my calling in life – my purpose. It continued to be a hobby but I knew that, one day, professional writing would become a reality for me.
I continued to write in my spare time. I wrote manuscript after manuscript. It was like creative flood gates had opened within me and all I wanted to do was write. In those parenting years, I was able to hone my writing skills to levels that I was sure were given to me by God. There was no other explanation. I came up with story lines, and created characters that surprised and delighted me, constantly validating the fact to myself that I should be an author.
When I held my first ever published book in hand….I was in tears. I was actually holding my dream in my hand and it was beautiful and so fulfilling! Nothing ever gave me a greater sense of achievement and accomplishment (other than my children) than my writing. It will forever fill me with that sensation.
Publishing is a far different animal than writing articles and columns. The literary world is chock full of competition, rejection, and disappointment. I will continue to write books, and create characters and storylines, because I love to. My heart tells me to.
I have four published books on the market.
Writing is the greatest love of my heart (aside from my family, as nothing compares to them), and I will either become a successful author with God’s love and Grace – or I will just keep on piling manuscripts up on my desk.
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