'I'd love to write a book one day' you hear people say.
I was one of those people.
Writing a book takes so much more than just a whimsical wish. It takes a whole lot of perserverence and tenacity with a dash of raw talent. I'm sure many of you have heard the stories of authors like Stephen King's and Nora Robert's submissions being rejected by publishers before fame and fortune, driving them to the point where they could have packed it all in.
They didn't. And aren't we all thankful they grew a thick skin and kept at it?
It's a hard slog being a writer/author, yet it can be immensely satisfiying. To see my name on a book cover and have people chose to read my books was something I always dreamed of and I still have to pinch myself when I gaze at the two of them up on Amazon and iTunes. It's gratifying as well as being bloody awesome!
So, spare a thought for the author who has slaved away at a manuscript for hours and hours not for money or fame but because of a desire to share a tale, fulfill a dream and develop their skills. And authors who are looking for their first break, keep at it. Don't lose sight of your goals. Study the craft because you're only going to get better the more you write. Most of all though, have fun because at the end of the day it's the love that will keep you going.