I really enjoyed the message today. It totally confirmed what I’ve been doing. One of the things mentioned was that you have to have faith and believe in what you’re doing. Now faith without action or works is worthless. Faith and action go hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other and expect to see those things not seen come to fruition. For instance, if you believe that you’re going to get a job, but you make no move to get out and look for a job or put in applications, you’re spinning your wheels and will more than likely remain jobless.
Once you believe, you have to put that belief…that faith in action. I believe that one day I’m going to be published. Now if I spent my days not writing or querying agents or publishers, then I’m essentially all talk and no action. But these last few weeks, I’ve been putting my faith in action. I’ve been writing more, plotting and editing, creating my author platform and attempting to be more strategic in how I go about my writing career because its something that I truly do want and believe in.
So I would encourage you to have faith and believe in whatever it is that you desire to do. And once you’ve done that, start working to put that faith in action. Take the next step into making your dreams come true.
As I sit and reflect on the load that I currently have on my plate, I’m amazed at how my desire to attain my goals fuel me. Working on my second master’s, this one in communication, I’m inundated with readings, research papers, and exams, and I still manage to find time to write romance fiction.
At the beginning of the year, I was determined to take my thesis novel, a multicultural romantic suspsense, from my first master’s, which was completed at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, and query it to a variety of publishers both large and small, traditional and digital. I toggled between the idea of self-publishing and traditional publishing for months, even going so far as to have a cover created for my book through Fiverr in the event I decided to take a leap of faith into the self-pub arena.
2015 was a difficult year and I wanted 2016 to be better. So, I worked diligently on my query letter and my synopsis, writing and rewriting them both until I felt they were good enough to go to a publisher. I then created an excel spreadsheet to keep track of all the queries I sent out and made little remarks as to my feelings toward the submission.
For some reason this time around, the rejection letters didn’t upset me. The first time around, right after I graduated with an MFA in Popular Fiction Writing, I was disappointed and took it personally, but this time, I was more determined. When I received a rejection letter, I annotated it in my excel spreadsheet then returned to writing the second book of my series. I have some promising prospects and hope I get to share some exciting news. But if not, I’ll keep on writing because its in my blood and it has been ever since I was a little girl in the 5th grade.
So, I’ll continue with grad school and will continue being the worn and weary mother of four energetic boys, a wife and above all a writer because dreams don’t come true by sitting on the sidelines, they come by working hard and never forgetting that all things are possible.