Books are the New Business Cards

When I was little, I used to wake up at 6 a.m. so I could read for an hour before I started to get ready for school. I would run down stairs, snuggle up on the couch with a blanket, turn on a dim light and got lost in some Junie B. Jones. I loved books - I was obsessed with them. Every time we had a book fair, I begged my mom for some paperbacks.

It's been a dream my whole life to be an author. I have no idea how to write a fiction novel, and whenever I sit down to brainstorm a plot, something in the back of my mind discourages me. I kept holding myself back, maybe because:

I don’t want the fame.

Lookout Adele because the world will have to differentiate between the two of our household names. The odds of becoming a famous author are slim to none, but it's a hurdle I have to overcome. It's childish of me to hold back on sharing my story because if just one person picks up a copy and it captivates them or gets them out of a rut, then this wasn’t in vain.

I don't even know where to begin.

But, as an avid Sound of Music fan, this is the very best place to start. I know I don’t have an English degree, and I don’t even have a publisher (one day I hope to insert an edit here: "this has since changed upon sending my book to the masses"), but I’m confident that I will figure it out as I go and report back out on how to write a book.

Why would anyone care what I have to say?

You might not. Maybe it’s all in my head, but from a young age, I’ve always felt like I was destined for greatness. I wholeheartedly believe that anything in this world I am capable of accomplishing with a little bit of elbow grease and a plan! Maybe that’s why I’d always get into the loneliest places in my brain because I was frustrated to my core that I hadn’t accomplished this self-fulfilling prophecy.

Out of the millions of books out there, why is anyone going to pick up mine and go, that's it! That's the one. I can't wrap my brain around how after my family, friends and hometown supporters read the thing, how I'll build a following large enough to get the thing to spread like wildfire.

And the constructive criticism! I'm anti-oxford comma. I love run on sentences, or sentences that start with prepositional phrases. Hell, it's 2019! I know I will sit and read every negative review and it will hurt me to my core because of the amount of passion I put into it.

Enough already!

I know, I need to stop being a baby, get over my fears and just do it. And hustle like my life depends on it.

If you didn't read any of this and just scrolled to the bottom of the post, I will summarize the entire premise of this magnum opus in one sentence: Invest in yourself and go after your goals.