I started dreaming about being an author when I was 6 years old. I loved books! I loved to be read to and if there was no one willing, I loved to try my best to do it on my own. Authors were magical people in my eyes; they created new worlds, birthed characters larger than life. What could be better?
Fast forward to my 20’s. I decided I was going to finally make my dreams come true. I remember sitting in front of my computer, brimming with excitement as I typed the stories in my head. This was it. If I wrote it, without a doubt people would read it.
I spent five years writing, querying, and collecting rejection letters. Five years getting my hopes way up and having them nosedive at supersonic speed. Then I did the one thing an aspiring author SHOULD NEVER DO! Are you listening? Because this is the most important advice for anyone who’s harboring a dream in their hearts.
I quit. I was tired of chasing a dream that no one else believed in.
Fast forward to my 30’s. A story started circulating in my head. The stories never truly stopped. This time I sat down and wrote it, determined that I wouldn’t quit. This time I didn’t just write my story—that’s the easy part in my opinion. I edited. Edited again. Sought out people willing to read my book. I took classes and learned about my craft.
Fast forward to now (NOT divulging my age 😉 ) I’m finally a published author! My little dream survived, even when I tried to squash it. It thrived when I nurtured it. And it grew bigger. It’s still growing!
I think we all have little dreams in our hearts. They’re part of who we are. Chasing them makes us stronger. Failure (or the perception of failure because there’s really no such thing!) makes us stronger. Achieving our goals makes us stronger! The only thing that doesn’t is ignoring those little desires in our hearts and giving up.
So my advice for readers today is to: Dream on! Nurture those magical musings inside you, whatever they may be!
Annie Rains is a contemporary romance author who writes small town love stories set in fictional towns on the coast of North Carolina. Raised in one of America’s largest military communities, Annie often features heroes who fight for their countries, while also fighting for a place to call home and a good woman to love. When Annie isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her husband and 3 children, or reading a book by one of her favorite authors.
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