I can't remember how old I was, but I do remember that it was pure magic. I was in awe of all the people, places and entire worlds at my fingertips. I fell head over heels in love with books right then and there.
I was a ferocious reader and could read a single book in a day or two and always craved more. I was careful not to crease the covers or pages and never wanted the stories to end. I am still that way. There's a very small library of special books on the shelf above my desk and on the bedside table. The covers and pages are perfect and the books are cherished.
(I'm pretty sure I've written about this before, but...) As a child, I dreamed of joining this special group of people that created the magical stories I held so dear. I envisioned my name on the front of cover of a book and having it cherished by someone like me. But, life is funny. It comes with many twists, turns, distractions and lessons to learn. I've always known I wanted to be a writer, but I got an extremely late start in making that dream a reality.
My fears and self doubt always held me back. I did everything and anything, except write for many, many years. I put every ounce of energy into various projects, but they all failed. I discovered later on that the energy I put into those projects was not the same as putting my heart into it.
Now I am a creator of magic. I bring dreams to life and I cannot tell you how absolutely exhilarating that is. Once in a while, I wish people could see what happens when I'm writing. LOL. I see the story as a movie in my mind and the characters float above me and wait for their story to be told, some more patient than others.
There are good days and some not so good days. When the story is clear and the words are flowing, it's incredible. One the not so good days, it's frustrating and yeah, the fears and self doubt creep in. That's when I step away from the story for a while.
I've been writing the Max Hamby series for almost three years and that kind of blows me away. Almost three years and there are five Max Hamby books sitting on the shelf above my desk, with the sixth slowly coming along and a seventh in the works. There are hundreds of story ideas in my idea book and various notebooks, too. (Plus random scraps of paper here and there) I am proud of myself and what I've accomplished so far. Like many people, I always thought writing was super easy. It's not. LOL, it's so not. And the fact that I am a self published (children's) middle grade writer makes it slightly more difficult or so I've been told. But, I am so in love with it, I don't care.
Enough of my randomness and my stomach is screaming at me for dinner. LOL. I hope you're all doing well and feeling fine. No matter where you are in your story, even if you're just mentally prepping yourself, be proud and keep going. You can do it.
Have a wonderful night. Sending loads of positive vibes your way.
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