Taking my own advice

Back on May 17 I posted about me being the one responsible for my own career. If things aren’t going the way I want, then it’s up to me to make the changes.

The few weeks before I wrote that post I followed my own advice. I started by asking myself some very hard questions and doing some research. Then I took the first step, and then second… With the help of some very talented people I am well on my way. What a difference it made.

I learned a lot about what I wanted and how I could make the dream come true. I had myself convinced I was doing everything right before, but I wasn’t following my passion. I was swayed by what the majority thought I should be doing.

I should have known better, I’ve never been happy when I’ve been following the crowd, especially if it was completely against what my gut was telling me. In early May I was so frustrated I was ready to give up my dream of being a full-time author. Something I’ve wanted to do for many years.

I spoke with an author I admire at the end of May. I like her writing style and her business style. I don’t write the kinds of books she does, but I enjoy her books immensely. We had a heart-to-heart talk about what I wanted. She helped me clearly see where I wanted to go, and along with some great advice she gave me the kick in the pants I needed to follow my dreams.

Over the last 10 weeks I’ve written a novella length story, it’s been beta read with good results, professionally edited, and the book cover has been designed by a professional. I’ve also started the second one and set up dates with the editor for the fall. I set a goal of publishing the first story by the end of August / early September and I’m on target to meet it. My confidence has been restored, and along with that my creative muse has been working overtime. Ideas have been pouring in.

Everyone has their own definition of success and mine will differ from yours. But I look at the past couple of months as being very successful. Will my stories be monetarily successful? That remains to be seen, but like everyone who’s in this business it’s certainly part of my dream.

So I guess what I’m saying is, if you are passionate about what you want to do, whatever that happens to be, you can make things happen to move yourself forward. But you have to take the first step, then the second…

About Linda O'Toole

Women's Fiction Author
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