My Journey Begins: Becoming a Fearless Author

Quote of the Week:
“You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”
― Ray Bradbury

Actually, I lurk in bookstores.

Did you get a visual, though? Could you almost feel the time-weathered pages? Were your nostrils tickled with that familiar scent found mainly in books? Did you sigh with undisguised pleasure? And did the librarian chase you out of the building after catching you hanging by the pads of your fingers from the topmost shelf? No? So that was just me?

Yet, what a fine charge the above quote is for someone like me, who is finding, at last, the courage of a dragon-slayer to face the fire-breathing fears known as Doubt and the Notion of Not Being Good Enough, so that I can start fulfilling my dream of becoming a published fiction writer. Those monsters have blocked my way for years, and, sad to say, I gave them that power. The wonderful thing is that, while dragons are terrifying and ferocious, they’re not invincible. With that reminder came the realisation that I should and could chop off their nasty heads if I’m to start this journey. Yes, me. The one who doesn’t even have the nerve to behead a chicken.

Yet, dragon-slaying is a skill I’ll need to master if I’m to become a fierce, fearless author.

So, I’ll write my heart out and learn the courage of a dragon-slayer. I know that they’re many of you brave ones out there. I’ve seen your books, maybe even read one or two of them. You give me hope. For me, your books are signs that you overcame, that you never gave up, that you slew some dragons, that you lurked. Okay, I know that lurking doesn’t have anything to do with slaying dragons, but I refuse to believe that not one of you had that visual of being thrown out by an irate librarian!

You know that saying about the pen being mightier than the sword? Some dragons are about to find out.

Happy 2012, everyone! Happy Writing!

 

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Mary Burrell
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Mary Burrell

I followed you on G+ with word of the day. Love learning new words thanks for introducing new words to learn.

Nadine
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Nadine

Thanks so much, Mary. I love learning new words, too. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

Jean
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Jean

Love this piece Nadine! Like you, I would rather lose myself in a bookstore – clothing stores bore me. Stout and condensed milk – nice stuff 🙂

Nadine
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Nadine

Thank you, Jean. You’re a woman after my own heart. 🙂

Freeman
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Freeman

Very poetic and it reaches deep into the subconcious and mythological meanings. Keep traveling those sacred paths and treading down those serpents!

Nadine
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Nadine

Very gracious of you, Freeman, and much appreciated. I intend to do just that!

Zelda
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Zelda

I enjoy the doggy part. Knew you would incorporate them…..go, go, go

Zelda
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Zelda

Nads, welcome back! I missed you, too.
Now, I again have an inspiring blog to which I can go for laughs, for advice and for a friend.
All the best on this inspiring journey and for 2012 and beyond.

Nadine
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Nadine

Thank you, Zelda. I appreci-love the compliment and good wishes. 🙂

Alia
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Alia

I FOUND YOU!!!!

Nadine
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Nadine

Yes, you did. 🙂

Abi Burlingham
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Abi Burlingham

Nadine, if the writing in this post is anything to go by, your writing dreams will be within your grasp – so beautifully written, and so moving. I love the quote at the beginning – libraries, bookshops – loved them as a child, teen and adult. Have a particular fondness for second hand bookshops, though not so many of those around now. Good luck with the writing – the only way to write, IS to write! Go slay those dragons… they’re big babies really!

Nadine
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Nadine

Abi, you’re such a gracious soul. Thank you so much. Will be visiting some second hand bookshops, because I need to read even more than I write. Thanks for the good wishes. I WILL write, and slay those big babies. 🙂

Morpheus
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Morpheus

WELCOME BACK
We all missed you.
Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated

Nadine
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Nadine

Aww, I missed you too, and your delightful quotes. Happy 2012 to you and yours! Thanks for the warm welcome.

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