Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Little Spring Inspiration

Now that I'm considered a writer by my friends, family and co-workers the common question is "when is your next book coming out." I guess that's a good thing. They must like my writing or they wouldn't be anxious to read the next release. Once I was clueless of the publishing world, too, so I understand their confusion at the lengthy process.

However, one doesn't become a writer by talking about it, thinking about it, or reading about it. Granted, all of the above are necessary, but the truth is a writer becomes a writer by writing, submitting, and never giving up on the dream.

I recently attended a meeting where our speaker, Gretchen Hirsch, demonstrated the power of positive thinking. She had us stand and hold out our right arm. Without turning our body, we pointed as far around and behind us as we could. We looked at that spot we pointed to, visualized it. Then we closed our eyes. She had us concentrate on that spot, focus on it in our minds and then we were to do the same exercise again and we would move beyond that point when we did. Guess what? It worked. I was amazed.

There are so many ways we can talk ourselves out of being a writer without being cognizant of our self-defeating behaviors. Few of us have hte opportunity to spend 8 hours a day writing. We have commitments, responsibilities, and a daunting to do list. But, not matter how full our day may be there are opportunities to write. We just don't always take advantage of those opportunities. Remember, one word leads to a sentence. A sentence leads to a paragraph. A paragraph leads to a scene. A scene leads to a chapter. Chapters lead to a completed novel. Even if you write one page a day, you'll have a novel written in one year.

So, what's holding you back? Take an honest look at your schedule and see where you can fit in time to work towards fulfilling your goals.

Hope Courtland had an impossible goal in my latest release, JOSHUA'S HOPE. Read about how she overcame the obstacles to fulfill her happily ever after. Save a tree and read an e-book.Click Here to purchase and be entered in a giveaway to win a free Sony e-Reader. You will also find my free read LETHAL LEGACY, which is a gift to you from White Rose Publishing.

Carol Ann Erhardt
JOSHUA'S HOPE, Inspirational Romantic Suspense, 2009 EPPIE Finalist
FOXFIRE, Romantic Suspense 2008 EPPIE Finalist
HIT AND RUN, Romantic Suspense

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