Not long ago, I finished writing my first book. I sent it to my Publisher, Ocean Reeve, who together with my PR Agent, Cindy Rochstein, and myself have been tirelessly working at bringing it to life.
It was an amazing feeling, to finally finish The Halfling Book 1 and know that it’s actually published and marketed. It’s a dream come true because you see I’ve always wanted to do this– write a book of my own, see it published, and find joy in readers reviews. The whole dream becoming a reality is almost unbelievable to me. Almost.
My first attempt at writing my book was a failure. I was gibbed by friends who gave critical feedback, and quite literally, I was disheartened. I wanted to give up. In true Melissa style though, I bounced back with my infamous stubborn streak. I dug my heels in and I got serious! I ploughed through the outline. Writing in a frenzy of finger tapping day and night.
Bad, bad idea. I finished and I hated it. It was disorganized and nonsensical. Total garbage.
Again, I started over, but this time with direction. Each time I wrote, I employed the tips of other writers. Soon, I was lost in my writing, and yes, my fingers were still feverishly tapping on the keyboard – but this time with purpose. Just like a runner steps into the zone so my thoughts flowed from my mind to my finger tips.
There was nothing else, all I could see was the scene opening up in front of me and all I could do was write about it. No drugs needed for this little black duck! Imagination, is the key, creating thoughts to trigger my mind. My creative juice was flowing and I figured out what the triggers were.
TODAYMORROW (When you’re not sure if it’s today or tomorrow)
I finished the manuscript which was passed on to editing and design format and finally publishing. And I have to admit the last few weeks have been incredibly intense. What I mean by intense is, extremely exciting, busy, emotional and thrilling all rolled into one little package bursting at the seams.
My excitement is pride, I know, but who wouldn’t be proud of such an achievement. So the last words I want to say are – Grab your dreams by the balls, show ’em who’s boss. Believe and achieve, because if I can, you can too.
I’ve always been passionate about storytelling and impressed by the influence it has on people and the decisions they make in life. I love engaging with the projects I work on, diving headfirst into the research, investigation, and production of stories and articles I feel are worth writing about.