Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Why do we give up on our dreams?

Believing in the magic of your dreams is a key step in turning them from fantasy into a reality. So why do we often times take a step back and allow life’s little hiccups determine when we stop believing in ourselves and let our dreams slip through the cracks?

I feel like I’ve been a writer my entire life though it wasn’t until this past year that I decided to take the proverbial leap of faith and join the publishing world by becoming an Indie Author. This wasn’t an easy decision for me, in fact I had many misconceived notions about the way you were supposed to go about getting published and none of them included stepping out on my own. However, when I first delved into the mysteries of the publishing world my newbie eyes received an awakening and I soon grew weary of the constant battles I faced to just simply query a traditional publishing house or agent.

Was this what my life had become? To have spent hours upon hours pouring my heart and soul into a story only to be given a list of rules to follow to send in a query letter was disconcerting, to say the least. It was at this point I nearly gave up on my publishing dreams. And then my father’s voice, long since gone these past ten years, echoed a reminder in my ear: Never stop believing in the magic of your dreams.

And as he was so many times in my youth I have to say yet again, he was right. I was willing to let a brick wall put an end to my long hours of hard work simply because I thought this was the only avenue to go about publishing. And then I met a fantastic group of Indie Authors who opened my mind and changed the way I would forever view traditional publishing.

I am happy to say I thoroughly enjoy being an Indie Author. It’s not the path I originally was set on, yet I feel as though this was the path I was destined to take. And all thanks to a ghostly reminder of not giving up on the magic of my dreams.

So, dear reader, a question to you: What dreams have you let fade slowly away from your heart? It’s never too late to bring them back. You just have to believe.

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