Today, in the process of destroying the collages I’d made over the years, for all of the books published, plus a couple that will never see the light of day, I ran across this one:
I remember that I made it about eight years ago. I’d taken the elephant photo from the Sunday newspaper, believing that elephants never forget. I strived to learn the craft of writing, I never wanted to forget what I’d learned, what my goals were, and yet I struggled. That day, I continued cutting out words that described my hopes, dreams, and wishes. They also described the type of books I was exploring writing. On one side (not visible in this photo of the collage) were these words, and I have no clue who wrote them:
You’re so close—don’t give up now! Want something with all your heart—yet still waiting for it to happen? It’s natural to start doubting whether it ever will, even to tell yourself that maybe it just wasn’t meant to be. But all that hard work and hope will pay off. Happiness is your destiny. And your dream could be just weeks, days, or even minutes away from coming true!
So, thank you, unknown writer. I kept that collage on my cork board for about a year. I used the above paragraph to maintain my focus on goals, and the surrounding words or phrases to maintain my focus on the books I was writing. I finished, and published those books about three years later. A romantic suspense trilogy, Desert Heat, set here in the California desert. Since then I’ve published five romantic suspense novels, one contemporary romantic adventure, with a seventh book, a contemporary romance, now in copyedits with a probable early 2016 release. It has been a fun ride, and I look forward to it continuing.
Is anyone out there struggling to realize their dream? Define what you want. Be specific. Put it into words. Visualize it happening. Dreams do come true. And never ever give up on the pursuit of your dream.