Recently, a friend complimented me on having three published books. I tried to blow it off—after all I’m only a home schooling mom without a college degree to my name—but she stopped me. She was fascinated and even slightly daunted by the fact that I had actually begun a story and completed it. That made me wonder what makes a published author different from a wanna-be author. The only thing I could come up with is that I wasn’t afraid to try. I wasn’t scared to write it. And, I wasn’t put off by the rejections that came my way when I first tried to find a publisher.
The empty, white, first page of a book isn’t unnerving for me. Instead, it’s a blank canvas on which I can create a new world. I’m not one who has the entire story plotted out when I begin, but I know my characters and I have thought of scenes here and there. As I try to connect the dots, more and more ideas surface. I won’t say that every day these beautiful scenes unfold effortlessly. There are times when I have to take a break from the story to regroup and get more ideas. It does take determination and dedication to keep plugging along.
I want to encourage anyone who wants to be an author, to just get started. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It won’t be. Get your ideas written down. Edit later. Add content and take away what doesn’t work. You might be able to use it another time. All you have to do is begin…and polish your little gem until it shines.
Sandra Wilkins is busy writing another series while home educating her two daughters. Ada’s Heart, Rose’s Hope and Gwen’s Honor are her first three published wholesome historical romances. Go to www.sandrawilkins.com to find out more about her and her books.