What if… I can be a published author?

Back in 2013, I asked myself this question after I finally read Fifty Shades of Grey, once the rest of the world devoured it. I refrained from reading the book for as long as I could but finally succumbed.

As suspected, I didn’t enjoy it very much, for as a humanist (I prefer this term as it is more inclusive than the word feminist), I found the premise of a young, virgin woman giving up her integrity and pining for the love of a damaged abuser, who if he hadn’t been a billionaire she would have had nothing to do with, disquieting to say the least. I’m not criticising EL James as without her and her earth-shattering series, the world wouldn’t be as diverse as it currently is. Good luck to her and her enormous success. It’s just her book wasn’t my cup-of-tea, as I’m sure others will find my books may not suit them.
However, on finishing 50 Shades, I asked myself, what if I can be a published author? Surely, this was within my reach. So I set off to find the answer and I thank EL James for her inspiration which propelled me into a new destiny.
What has inspired you to take a new direction in your life?

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Insight …. Inspiration often comes in forms you least expect

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    1. Hello… Firstly my apologies for my late reply. I just found your comment in my junk emails. In regards to your comment, I discovered that being a writer and then having my work published started with my commitment not to give up. The process can at times be daunting, complex and overwhelming. However what I’ve learned throughout my life is that if you want something badly enough, you will make it happen. We all need inspiration and aspiration motivating us. We need to take consistent action to make our dreams our new destiny.Thank you for your comment and I hope my other posts may add some further insights. All the best on your journey.

    1. You’re correct…Blogs are tons of work! However if you have something to say, blogging is a means of getting your thoughts out there. I have a blog because I’m an author and I approach life from a different perspective to most people and I wanted to share this with others. If you’re organised and proficient in getting your thoughts written quickly, blogs aren’t quite as demanding, but they do take time! Again, planning is important. I have a blogging schedule where I roughly plan out what my topics might be over the coming months. I don’t necessarily stick to this, but it works as a great motivator to get me started and keep me on track. When blogging, remember to keep saving your work. Nothing is worse than losing a blog post because something in the application hiccupped. The big questions to ask yourself are, why do you want a blog? what do you have to say? Is the content of your blog of value to yourself and others? And are you passionate and dedicated enough to stick to it? If you are at all uncertain about the answers to these questions, maybe you should review your motivation for wanting a blog. But if you have the passion to say YES, then do it. Anything in life that brings you closer to your dreams and desires usually requires effort on your part. You have to meet your destiny half-way. Don’t be deterred by the ‘tons of work.’ Happy blogging 🙂

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    1. Hello Kenneth, thank you for your question and I’m thrilled you’re enjoying my blog. As an aspiring author the first thing you need to do is build your website. A blog can come later once you’ve bedded in your website. In regards free versus paid options, this will depend on your financial situation and how savvy you are with IT. As I find the whole area of IT time-consuming, I paid for an IT manager to build my website who I’ve worked with for years. He’s fabulous and can deliver my creative vision exactly as I want and on deadline. I would recommend you take time planning your website and research other websites you like before you launch into the build. Doing the background planning is vital to save money and time. I use WordPress (free app) for my blogs as I find this application is easy for me to use. Again though, my IT Manager installed it into my website and I learned how to use it. Not sure if any of this helps? Just take your time, don’t rush into anything and consider how much money do you want to spend? I know people who have used free options and made brilliant websites. But you have to have the time and passion to deliver those sorts of results.If you want to be an author, remember your key objective is to write the books – not use your precious time doing everything else. Best of luck 🙂

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    1. Hello, thank you for your comment and feedback. Unfortunately I don’t know of any forums and that’s why I started this blog, to give others an understanding of what a writer’s journey is really like. I wish you luck in finding a forum but in the meantime, continue visiting my blog, or contact me directly from my website. Best of luck. Diane.

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    1. Hello, thank you for you feedback. Unfortunately, I cannot help with advising what forums you can find. If you are an aspiring/emerging author there are many writer’s groups available perhaps in your area you can join for discussion. All the best.

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