This week, we have our own Cynthia Eden adding her writer’s journey to our blog. Not only does Cynthia write paranormal, but she also writes romantic suspense, and young adult. The author of well over twenty books and particpant of who knows how many anthologies … heeeeerrrre’s Cynthia Eden …
My Story, My Dream
I am not such a person. And, please, don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for the authors who do sell their first books, but for me, the journey was longer. The first book I wrote didn’t sell. Heck, I think the first five, six(?) books that I wrote didn’t sell. And you know what? They should *not* have sold. They were terrible! I had too much to learn about writing. I still do! I like to think that I learn more with every single book that I write.
As I tried to sell my books, I received rejections, plenty of them. Some writers keep all of their rejections in a nice, organized folder. Guess what I did with mine? Tossed them out as quickly as they came. I figured why waste my energy on the negativity? I didn’t need to keep rejections around as a reminder for anything. If editors left me constructive comments, then, yes, definitely, I tried to use those comments, but I didn’t save my rejections, and I sure didn’t count them. (That just sounds painful to me.) I kept writing. I focused on the next story, and the next story, and the next story.
And then…I sold. I had my dream! My book was going to be published. I celebrated. I ate lots of chocolate, and then I focused on the next story. That’s what it’s about for me—writing. Always having another story brewing in the back of my mind. It’s not about reaching a dream, and that dream ending. It’s about that dream evolving and continuing. My dream isn’t just to publish anymore—my dream is to have a career writing. My dream is to explore genres, to write stories that make people happy. To create interesting and compelling characters.
It’s not about one book for me. Not about one rejection or one acceptance. It’s the stories that keep me going. The characters that just won’t stay quiet for me—and the dreams that I won’t ever give up on.
I wish you the very best of luck with your dreams, too. Dreams are what give us hope, and they are so very precious.
My family has always been incredible about supporting my dream. When I was a teenager and got seriously bit by the writing bug, my mother and I would travel all over the area, feverishly searching used bookstores for the “hard-to-find” books that I was so eager to read. Those “hard-to-find” books included classics by Linda Howard, Jayne Castle, and Diana Palmer. Those authors inspired my love of writing, and my mother kept building that inspiration by being my book-hunting buddy.
Then, later, my husband was my dream cheerleader. Hmmm…not sure if that sounds right! But he always encouraged me to write. He made sure that I celebrated every accomplishment, big and small, and he was there to tell me that rejections “didn’t matter”—that I just needed to keep trying. Having my family’s support has always been such a positive aspect to my life.
Thank you for letting me share my story with you, and I would love to hear your dreams, too. Please share them!
ANGEL IN CHAINS—Available 11/17/12 from Kensington Brava