Writing is slowly becoming a passion of mine but it was not something I had ever considered even as a hobby in my childhood. I envy the people who have been writing since their school years because I woke up in 2011 and realized I wanted to be a writer. It was not going to be easy. I was a qualified techie who had been in the IT industry long enough to know that it was not meant for me and I had wasted 4 years of my life doing it.
I guess I have knack for tough things in life. When I see an easier way, I just turn around to run away in the opposite direction!
Since English is not my first language and I had never written anything other than essays in school, I had no confidence in my writing skills. I knew I had an above-average vocabulary and I loved telling stories but being a story-teller in written English was a skill a billion light years away from me.
It took me 15 months to finally start a blog (that you are reading now) but the success was hard to come. And the feedback was not very encouraging in terms of the results of blog competitions/contests I joined. So I got disheartened and took a break.
It took me a few days to realize that I will not wake up as a writer one day. I have to write and make mistakes. I have to get all the bad writing out of my system to make way to be a new and improved (and experienced) writer. I started working on this new resolution and took baby steps on most days. On some days I felt so far behind that I wanted to quit. But that is one thing I am certainly not – a quitter.
So I kept writing (and deleting).
I also started reading more and more about the opportunities in ebook (electronic) publishing. I read a few books (actually a lot) to learn the tricks of the trade and before I knew it, I had learnt how to build, format and publish an ebook on Kindle. But what I did not have was a book!
I started writing with an ebook in mind in the mid of April 2013. But self-doubt stopped me from finishing my task. I started many other books but my enthusiasm was soon drowned in the sea of self-doubt that even many (second language) English writers may not be able to identify with. So I ended up with several books at different stages of writing.
I had to look out for options to publish an ebook and get the fears and apprehensions out of my system or it was never going to happen.
I had a huge collection of quotes in my journals and blogposts which jumped out to me on one night of sleeplessness and that is when Love Quotes for the Heart and Soul was born. It was not my own complete work but I figured it was the fastest way to build confidence and have an accomplishment albeit 20% under my belt. And on 14th October 2013, I published my first ever ebook.
After publishing and briefly promoting it, I released another compilation of quotes, this time – Inspirational Quotes for the Heart and Soul. I had 800+ quotes to choose from but to keep a sort of uniformity in the “Quotes for the Heart and Soul” book series, I kept the best 108 quotes in the book and released it on 24th October, 2013.
I am now working on my other books which I am building from scratch. I do not fear publishing my ebooks anymore. I am a published author now and I on my way to convince myself that I am WRITER!
My advice to other people would be to keep writing and not let fears and doubts stop them from writing. And let’s start believing in – If you write, you are a writer – wholeheartedly.
Check out Love Quotes for the Heart and Soul on Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FWHV6C2
Check out Inspirational Quotes for the Heart and Soul on Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G6MTXWW