Saturday, March 29, 2014

Living the Dream: The Life of an Author

Living the Dream: The Life of an Author

But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling, like dew, upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.
                                                     Lord Byron

My first love was words. My passion was reading. As a child I grew up in a semi-rural area without other children to play with. I filled my days with books. Books became my companions, my teachers, my best friends. I devoured every book I could get my hands on and reveled in the knowledge and feelings they gave me. The words I read inspired me. They filled my mind and my soul.

I decided at a very young age that I wanted to be a writer. I wanted to be able to give other people knowledge and make them feel. I wanted to be able to change people, to make them think, to give them the kind of joy only a good book can do. I wanted to be able to inspire.

I started writing poems and stories in elementary school. Every year my school took part in the Young Author’s Conference. My books were chosen several times and I was able to attend the conference and workshops. When I was eleven, I attended a summer writing program and several of my poems were chosen to appear in a local magazine. I was hooked. I knew I wanted to be a writer.

Throughout high school I wrote for the school newspaper and the teen section “Word Up” of our local newspaper The Flint Journal. During my first years at college I wrote for the college paper and a local entertainment magazine.

And then life and kids came along and I had to put my writing on hold because it didn’t pay the bills. I still scribbled things in notebooks here and there but writing as a career was out of focus.

Bonnie Friedman said “Successful writers are not the ones who write the best sentences. They are the ones who keep writing. They are the ones who discover what is most important and strangest and most pleasurable in themselves, and keep believing in the value of their work, despite the difficulties.”

Eventually it got to the point where the only thing I write was to-do lists and grocery lists. And that left a strange emptiness inside me. Writing was supposed to be part of me. I was a writer, it’s how I identified. But I had ceased to write. I had ceased to dream of being an author.

Humans have the capacity to dream, to strive for something better, and to want something more. A dream is part of a person. Left unfulfilled or at the very least not attempted to fulfill, it can leave a gaping void in your soul.

Eventually I realized that something was missing.

I realized I had to do something to fill that emptiness. Everyone should have the chance to live their dreams, if only for a little while. Life is too short to be left with unfulfilled dreams and it is never too late to live your dream. I plan to keep writing and striving and working towards my dreams and my goals. One day I know I will achieve what I have set out to do.

I came back to writing in 2005 and have been writing and working in the book world steadily since then.

I love that I now live my dream and have my dream job. I am a writer at heart and I always will be- and now not only do I write, but I help others live their dreams as well, by everyday helping authors show their books to the world. 

It’s funny, as a teenager I dreamed of having my own ‘zine but back then you had to be highly computer literate, have expensive design programs and be willing to drop a lot on printing costs because at that time an e-zine (or ebook) was unheard of.

Now here I am twenty years later owning an operating an internet based company specializing in virtual book tours with one of our features being an e-zine. I hope you enjoy our Bewitching little place in the enormous world of books.

And I hope this inspires other hopeful authors and artists- you never know where your dreams will lead you but you should at least take the chance and follow them. Let them lead the way.

Henry David Thoreau said it best “Go confidently into the direction of your dreams! Live the life you always imagined.”

~Roxanne Rhoads