Dare to Dream…and Dream BIG!
It is said that every person has at least one good story in them! Some people are gifted to have more than one. Do you know a future writer – someone who dreams of writing fiction, poetry, or short stories? Maybe that future writer is…you! If you dream of writing, then why not write? Why not Dare to Dream…and Dream BIG?
There once was a young girl who dreamed of becoming a writer. Her goal was to become the next
' Stephen King Stephanie', at least. When she was
about 16, she wrote her first novel. It was stolen when she brought it to
school to show her LA teacher. In her early 20s, she finished another novel and
tried to find a publisher. She submitted query letters, partial manuscripts and
her dreams, for other people to judge. She received rejection letter after
The first strike against her was that she had very few published works—a few town articles in a small local paper were her only credit. The second strike against her was that she was Canadian, struggling to get into a predominantly American market. 95% of the major, big-league publishing companies were American. She hit a brick wall—hard. Years passed as she struggled to find a way to make her dream come true, to be that writer. After years of more brick walls, she gave up trying. Her dream dissipated…died a slow death.
Then one day in 2003 she was talking to a friend about a story she had always wanted to write. It was a story about a young girl who experiences a tragedy and loses part of her memory—a tale about killer whales and native legends. It was a story about wolves and dreams, love and life, death and fear…but mostly it was a story about triumph and forgiveness. Her friend told her "You need to just WRITE it! Even if it never gets published, write it for YOU! Write it because you have to." Her friend was right!
If my friend had not encouraged me to write Whale Song, then I would have let an awe-inspiring story slip away, as I was lost in self-doubt. I would be at home, working a J.O.B., giving up on my Dream. Six weeks after I started writing Whale Song, I located a Canadian print-on-demand publisher via a search on the Internet. They made it POSSIBLE to finally realize my Dream…but it hasn't stopped there!
From the time Whale Song was first published in 2003, my career has soared and my dreams are starting to come true. I have been featured in newspapers and magazines, on TV and radio (and internet radio) in Canada and the US.
From 2004 to 2013, my other titles followed: Divine Intervention (novel), The River (novel), Skeletons in the Closet & Other Creepy Stories (collection), Remote Control (novelette), Divine Justice (novel), Children of the Fog (novel), Submerged (novel), and a non-fiction work, How I Made Over $42,000 in 1 Month Selling My Kindle eBooks.
I'm now an international bestselling author who has sold over 60,000 copies of just one title alone. And I have 12 ebooks and 9 paperbacks published. Numerous film companies have read my books, including many from Hollywood. Foreign editions of some of my titles are now available. In 2012 Children of the Fog was #4 on Amazon.com's Top 100 overall bestseller list—out of nearly 2 million ebooks. I signed with Trident Media Group in 2012, my second New York literary agency. And I just signed an audio book deal for Children of the Fog and Submerged.
My life now is BIGGER than my original dream. Why? Because I never gave up! Because I live my motto: Dare to Dream…and Dream BIG!
And that is my message to you. Don’t be afraid to dream. Don’t be afraid to want more or better. Courage is contagious. So is fear. Fear can’t hurt you unless you surrender to it. Never surrender. Always dream. Our spirits are meant to dream, to soar into the unknown, to reach for higher aspirations.
At the end of you life’s journey you don’t want to have only empty regrets for all the things you did not try to accomplish. At the very least you want to say, “At least I tried.” And no success ever comes from sitting still; you must be in motion―trying.
And as in the law of attraction, visualize that dream, reach for it, do everything you can think of to achieve it and always keep the bigger picture in your mind. If you can believe it, you can achieve it.
Do you have a dream? Dare to dream it! No matter what it is, whether to be a writer, an artist, the next Canadian Idol or a doctor. Then take that dream…and Dream BIG!
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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