Recently, I have received a lot of messages from different people who have told me that they have been inspired or have thoroughly enjoyed my blogs. Honestly, I am touched to the core of my being and thank each and every one of you for your kind and thoughtful words. This blog is for you.
I want to write about this topic: My road to being published. It is a road that I am currently driving upon and I don’t know when I will arrive at the destination, but I have made the decision to turn upon this road.
For the longest time, people have told me that I should publish my work. I usually just smiled and replied with a simple “yeah” when people suggested that I really strive towards publication.
For the first time, I’m taking steps to this lifelong dream.(i know my life has only been a short 21 years, but either way, it’s still been a lifelong dream.)
Here’s my story. Where did it all begin?
When I was eight years old, I couldn’t fall asleep at night… that is, not until my parents bought me my first radio and found my favorite station known as “Classical K-Bach.” I fell asleep to the breathtaking cincopations as a plethora of different orchestras rocked me to sleep every single night. To this very day, I cannot go to bed without listening to classical/soundtrack music. What does this have anything to do with my dreams?
I started writing stories when I was nine years old. By the time I was 16, I was journaling on a daily basis. At 17, I decided to write my first book. When I turned 19, I began working on the sequel. But, I could not write those books, and these blog posts without music. (Side note: I can’t do homework without music either. Yes, I completely understand that this is all psychological. My mind has been trained for the past 14 years of my life to function in this way. And, hey, at least it works. For me.)
When I put my headphones on, and play a Dario Marianelli or a Hans Zimmer score, I feel as though I have just walked through the wardrobe door to Narnia.
The stories, the experiences, the people that I meet on an every day basis and connect with through different mediums of social media, inspire me to write.
And, I say to you, don’t chase after small dreams. Chase after BIG dreams.
“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” -Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
I am currently re-editing the first book that I ever wrote at the age of 17. Amidst the chaos of school, work and every day life, I am finding time to re-polish a story that is very dear to my heart. And, by the end of this year, I hope to have it published as an E-book. It’s the stepping stone towards becoming a published writer.
I will never stop writing for as long as I have breath in my lungs.
I dare to dream because I realize that God has placed specific dreams inside of my heart. While I long to dream BIG, I also long to glorify Him in each and every one of those dreams.
I am on the road to being published. And, it’s an exciting journey. It’s a journey that I would have never endured if there weren’t family members, friends, peers and professors who instilled in me a confidence and made me believe in my writing from the very beginning.
I am nowhere where I want to be as a writer, but I would say that this is a courageous first step.