There is a quote that has inspired me for many years and, here, I give it to you…
I’ve seen this quote attributed to Sir Winston Churchill and Napoleon Hill. Whichever the case, it’s a great quote and one that people with big dreams should examine closely. Because to have a big dream isn’t enough. Very few who have ever succeeded have reached their goals solely on luck, and this couldn’t be truer for authors—even those who are considered one-hit wonders had to work very hard to have their one success. Write even one book is a labor, preferably one born from love. All published writers have to sit down, day in and day out, to lay their ideas on the page, to shape them and bring them to life through sweat, tears and blood (metaphorically, I should hope.)
So, aspiring authors, you must work hard. You must give it your all. And when you do, when you take the time and make it a purpose to write every day, every week, every month, until you can say you’ve written all year, and you create something magical by breathing life into characters and whole new worlds, it is then that you succeed, that you become an author and quit simply aspiring.
When I began my journey, I was a closet writer. No one but my closest friends knew I had this dream. I used to think: “Heck, English isn’t even my first language. People will laugh, if I tell them I want to be an English author.” But I kept at it, because I dared to dream.
Days passed and I wrote.
Months passed and I wrote.
Years passed and I wrote.
Books were born and I fell in love with my characters, with the worlds I created, with the fact that I became an author and wasn’t afraid to say out loud anymore.
So yeah, dream big! All the time. But know that success won’t suddenly come knocking on your door one day just because you want it to. No. You have to wake up every morning and work hard at it. And, after some time, you will actually see it coming from a distance. It will be blurry at first, then it will come into focus until you can almost taste it. Then one day, when preparation meets opportunity, it will stand in front of you and it will be magnificent.
Ingrid Seymour is the author of Ignite The Shadows (Harper Voyager, April 23, 2015). When she’s not writing books, she spends her time working as a software engineer, cooking exotic recipes, hanging out with her family and working out. She writes young adult and new adult fiction in a variety of genres, including Sci-Fi, urban fantasy, romance, paranormal and horror.
Her favorite outings involve a trip to the library or bookstore where she immediately gravitates toward the YA section. She’s an avid reader and fangirl of many amazing books. She is a dreamer and a fighter who believes perseverance and hard work can make dreams come true.
She lives in Birmingham, AL with her husband, two kids and a cat named Mimi.