Writing My First Book
I have always wanted to publish a book, but the fear of failing or not being received always stop me, that is until last year August. My husband and I decided to go to New York for our anniversary trip. Who knew going on a trip to New York would help me finish and publish my very first book. I know you are probably thinking how did New York do that with, well this was my first trip to New York, and I had heard so many different things about New York, mostly bad and a few good. When arriving in New York, it was something about the atmosphere that takes over you. I say so many people everywhere, but the thing that stood out to me was they were all hustling and trying to get somewhere and do something. Which excited me and started a fire inside of me that I had never had. I had a desire to go after my dream that I have had since I was a child, and that is to write a book. So, for the four days that we were in New York, and we enjoyed our trip doing all the things that tourist do, I continue to admire the hustle of so many. You had the dancers in Time Square on one block, then you had the drummers by Central Park and the singers in Harlem. They were all in different areas of New York, but they all had something in common, and that was they were doing whatever it took to make their dreams come true. I left New York and came back home ready to chase my dream of publishing my first book to share my talent with the world.I immediately started to work my book that next week after returning from the trip, which is now known as "Snatched Away." I started the book about ten years ago, but every time I would start an obstacle who stop me. I had 2 laptops to completely broke down on me. Then I would stop for a couple of years than it would be in my spirit to start back writing and I would. Then something else who happen and I would stop again. Well, this time I decided that nothing and no one was going to stop me from finishing this book this time around. Believe me, I had speedbumps that tried to stop me and discourage me from finishing this book, but I was not going to stop. I had my mindset, and I was determined to complete this task at hand, and I did exactly that. I finished this book, and now it is out and ready for the world to see.After completing the book, a spirit of fear came over me, because now I was worried about what people would think. Who people be receptive to me as a writer/ author, would I be taking serious, are people going to like my work, etc. I had so many questions and doubt when I finally finished the book. So, one day while I was questioning my craft as a writer I started to look at my pictures from the trip to New York as a reminder of what started the fire in me to start back writing in the first place. Writing the book came naturally to me, but putting out for others to judge me, and have an opinion on what I consider my gift and talent was the hardest part of publishing my book. I decided that I was going to step out on faith like that hustler that was singing in Harlem in hopes of someone noticing her and giving her a chance to become the next Monica and put the book out for publishing. So, the book is now available for e-book and paperback on Amazon as well as my website.
Until next time Blessings~ AJ