Sunday, February 23, 2014
There's magic in belief
I've been attending meetings since maybe October (with a break over the Christmas period) and the talent and camaraderie in this group can be a little daunting for a new comer who's not to sure of her own writing ability.
This weeks group was about writing a synopsis which is the brief summary of your book, basically the selling points that make people want to read your book. It was a great class on Wednesday with heaps of useful information and a clear format for laying out the basics of a story.
I came away as usual energised and enthusiastic, which is quite the norm but it kick started good things. Then on Thursday I had an amazing win on a local radio competition, little ol' me who has never won anything over about $100 in my entire 42 years on this planet.
I spent most of Thursday afternoon in total shock and denial, then the excitement kicked in because this is essentially all of our spending money for Phuket. The timing is perfectly sent by the universe and I can't say thank you in enough ways.
Then Saturday I sat down bound and determined to get my writing happening because a few realities came to light at Wednesday's meeting which made me realise all of them started from exactly where I am and many of them are at the same stage.
Why I thought every one of them was published I'll never know, maybe its the amazing confidence and belief all of them exhibit.
So with new understanding and belief in my own ability, I broke my story out into two separate ideas (to become the first two books in a trilogy) and I got roughly 2000 words written down on Saturday night - and that was only once my grandson had gone to bed. So huge output in a short time span.
Armed with soaring confidence I'd planned to write this afternoon after the little man went home to his daddy's house but a migraine knocked me flat, so three hours of sleep later and I woke up. Arrrgggh what a bloody waste of an afternoon.
Anyhoo son and his girlfriend and the grandson came back for dinner and now finally I can sit down and write. But you know, now there's a difference. A migraine is not an excuse, it's a reality and despite the headache I still want (need) to sit and write.
All of my ideas now gel and make sense. The ideas are solid and its finally just a matter of pumping out the words. I've done it once before and now I will do it again.
The only difference is that this time I'm armed with publisher names and a rock solid support group who know the twists and turns and how to achieve publishing success. My family members and friends who know me so well will know that my greatest dream had always been to be a published author.
2014 is going to be a huge year though because I also start my MBA at the end of March. Nothing like doing things half heartedly - all or nothing I say.
Remember this. This was my reminder that anything is possible if I just believe (with a bit of action on my part of course). I've been looking at these words daily since I got the tattoo on the 3rd January.
When I consider all of the amazing things in my life which I'm eternally grateful for, they're just tangible proof that believing is the first step.
So what are you believing in?
Posted by Fiona Biedermann