Here’s a little or rather a lot of inspiration for women who want to write. Let’s face it so many of us feel we have a story within us and how many of us have dreamed of seeing our novel on sale in a book shop or the customer’s choice at a railway station or airport. What holds us back? I remember asking Jackie Collins for advice on writing a novel and she kept it very simple “Just do it!”. Maybe one day I will like the incredible Debbie who shares her inspiration for normal girls or women who want to write a novel, a blog or whatever would mean they were pursuing their individual dreams.
Inspiration for women who want to write
“I’m just going to put it out there now before we get going: I struggle greatly with the idea of being an inspirational woman.
Why? Well because in my eyes, I’m just a normal girl.
But then maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Because if I can inspire even one normal girl like me to bite the bullet and live her dream, then I would think of that as a job well done.
So what’s my story?
From a very young age, I always dreamed of being a writer. But it was just that – a dream. I never really thought it was plausible, but it never really went away either.
Around three years ago, I started to think seriously about writing a novel. I had the idea of what the story would be about, but I still had no real idea of where to start.
After a few months of umming and ahhing, I started a blog with the intention of getting back into writing. And it worked. I started working on my first novel, The Joker. And I also wrote a short story collection, Twisted Tales.
Now here I am two and half years later.
I still blog and I’ve currently published six books with the seventh due for release in November and the eighth already burning a hole in my brain.
I’ve learned a LOT about writing, blogging, marketing and publishing since I started my journey.
The really big turning point for me came in October 2016. I started doing a bit of freelance ghost writing (which is basically writing someone else’s novel for them) around July time.
I loved it, and my plan was to do it for a year and then think about leaving my day job to be a full time writer.
Come October, something changed. I realised that with a full time job, I just didn’t have the time to take on extra clients and go all in with my writing. I realised that if I stayed in my job, I would never 100% know I could make a full time living from my writing, because I didn’t have the time to try it.
I was sitting at work one quiet Tuesday afternoon when it hit me – if I didn’t leave my job then, I never would.
I did some quick calculations and I estimated I could do it. So I did. I put my notice in the next morning.
One year on and I’m still writing full time. I am earning more than I have ever earned before and I love what I do.
It wasn’t until around three months after I quit my day job that I learned that, according to the majority of people, making a full time living from being a writer is “impossible” until you’re already a household name.
Well you know what? It’s not impossible. I know this for a fact because I’m doing it. It’s not easy at times, but nothing worth having is easy.
I’m the proof that anyone can do it if they want it badly enough. Ignore the doubters and the people that tell you it’s impossible. They are the people who didn’t want it badly enough.
I did it and so can you – even if, like me, you’re just a normal girl.”
Links to Debbie’s work online
Blog link: www.myrandommusings.co.uk
Amazon Author Page: https://goo.gl/FrXC4V