But I didn't exactly bring this up to pitch the book. If you're interested you'll pick it up. No. The reason why I bring this up is because I wanted to talk about Step 2... Wanting.
Did you know that it takes 21 days of a continuous activity in order for it to become a habit? This would be probably the only piece of information that I remember (and practice) from a Weight Loss through Hypnosis seminar that I took years ago. The guy giving the workshop was every bit as charismatic as Anthony Robbins, but it still didn't keep me from falling asleep when they did the hypnosis part of the session. (The speaker was impressed by how deep under I could go. Little did he know...) Anyway, what has this got to do with writing and wanting? More than you would think. Here's a little tidbit for all of you writers just starting out. I wrote for twelve years before selling a book. Yup, twelve years. Of course, during that time I also raised one child and gave birth to another. I wrote a short story that was published in a regional Magazine and I wrote articles, attended meetings, attended conferences, listened to workshops and dreamed. Oh yeah, somewhere along the way I wrote three books. Twelve years, three books. You are telling me the stats are not that good. But out of those books the second and the third sold with 6 months of each other. The first, will probably never see the light of day, but did receive a nice compliment from an agent when she told me "You write creepy very well".
There are many things that I've WANTED very much over the years. I wanted to be a size 10, but frankly, I was born a size 13. I wanted to win Megabucks, but I often forget what day the drawings are, or just to buy a ticket. And, I wanted to find a way to save my mom from cancer. Probably the hardest thing I've ever dealt with, but it didn't stop the cancer. There are a lot of very important things that I've wanted in my life, but most of them I couldn't find the heart to follow through and put the committment into it. The cancer and the megabucks, I came to realize, were out of my control. But the rest I have to admit that I wanted nearly enough. But my writing? I have always wanted this enough. Even when I had to retype a manuscript for the third time because my daughter deleted it from my old Brothers Word Processor without a backup. Even when I received two rejections for the same manuscript from two different editors from the same publishing house on the same day (Valentine's Day, I might add) did I give up.
I think I beat the 21 days committment by a few years, give or take, but if you want the dream then you have to put in the time and committment to make it come true. My dream still is coming true. So, how much committment are you willing to give?