I have a picture of myself along with three of my favourite and inspiring writers: Nora, because she's so prolific and has a great business, no nonsense attitude towards writing "the muse is a fickle bitch," SEP because I love her books and Debbie Macomber. I swear, everytime I hear Debbie talk about how she struggled in the beginning of her career, I cry. Do you know that she has dyslexia and didn't read until the 5th grade? That's perseverance and guts.
I have pictures of two of our recent success stories in our RWA chapter. Pam Callow, author of the Kate Lange series from Mira. Pam broke a few rules in her first published book but she believed in herself and had confidence in her work - two qualities I think are essential in achieving success in this business. The longer I write the more I realize if you don't believe in yourself and your work, no one else will.
The other picture is Stella MacLean, who published with SuperRomance after writing for more years than I have (which is a lot) An example of determination but also an example of how to deal with the slings and arrows of this business while maintaining a sense of humour, grace and never giving up.
The RT cover is all about author Anne MacFarlane and in this page from the future, I'm debuting my "white hot" trilogy.
And finally I posted the first sale page from the RWR . And what do you know? My name is there. I have some scattered quotes and pictures of my home on the beach where I'll be writing these best sellers - because of course everyone knows writers are rich.(at least in my vision world)
So, do you do anything visual to motivate and/or inspire you to stick with your dreams of becoming a published writer? Or to move yourself forward to the next level of your publishing career?
And now I'm going to go do the one thing I must do to make these dreams come true.