Every day, every hour, every minute hope clasps us firmly by the face and whispers sweet encouragement into our ears. Too dramatic?
How about…hope is one of several special elements that make us uniquely human? Too philosophical?
Maybe I should just start the blog by saying I hope to get through the next year with a modicum of my sanity intact. Too personal? Probably, but sooo true.
As an upcoming debut author, I have many, many opportunities to be hopeful. Let’s see if any of my ‘opportunities’ below sound familiar to my fellow Casa Babes.
- to finish my revisions for A Lady’s Revenge ahead of time
- my editor will like my latest version
- when I emerge from my revisions cave that my family and friends will remember me
- I haven’t forgotten anyone who helped make A Lady’s Revenge possible in the Acknowledgements section
- I can write a kick-butt outline for Book 2
- my book cover blows me away
- I find the right balance between promoting the first book and writing the next
- readers will connect with Cora and Guy of A Lady’s Revenge
- more than two people show up at my first book signing
- to meet my delivery deadline for Book 2
Yes, these are some of the things debut authors hope for (aka worry about) and, I suspect, some of them still plague multi-published authors. Hope is a terrific motivator. She makes us attack challenges from all angles and push ourselves beyond our comfort zones. She makes us believe in ourselves, even when the odds are stacked against us.
Whether we’re writing books, trying out for the school play, interviewing for our dream job, or waiting on warmer weather, HOPE enters our hearts and minds every day. It’s up to us to keep her there.
When was the last time hope made you reach for the stars?
Spring has finally arrived in Chicago. To celebrate, I’m giving away a copy of Nancy Naigle’s debut novel, Sweet Tea and Secrets. If you love small town romance laced with suspense, you’re going to adore Sweet Tea. Please stop by my blog, Bollocks!, for full details.