“I coulda been somebody. I coulda been a contender.” Spoken by Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) On the Waterfront.
“Let’s get drunk and be somebody.” Sang by Toby Keith.
“I wish I would have…” words spoken by damn near everyone at some time in their life.
In my humble opinion, there is nothing scarier than the prospect of lying in a hospital bed someday with tubes stuck in every orifice, knowing I’m about to take my last breath, and wondering “What if…”
God save me from that fate!
I always wanted to play the guitar. So you know what? I’m taking lessons. I thought Karate looked like fun. I took some classes, got my Orange belt and decided it really wasn’t for me. But along the way to my Orange belt, I broke a board and fire walked. That’s right I walked barefooted over a 12 foot bed of hot coals.
And you know what? I didn’t die. I didn’t even get burned. You see the trick to doing something scary like a fire walk is keeping your mind focused on where you want to go. It’s recognizing that YOU are the master of your life. YOU are in control of what you think and what YOU do.
Some of the bravest people I know are the writers I’ve met through RWI. These ladies pour their souls into their work, and then have the huevos to put their manuscripts in front of an editor, agent, or critic knowing all along that editor, agent, or critic may rip it to shreds. And in doing so, shred their heart. Still, the prospect of rejection doesn’t stop them.
And do you know why? Because they have dreams, published or unpublished, they have goals that drive them to success. To do more than just say “I wonder…” “What if…” “I wish…”
THEY ARE SOMEBODY! THEY ARE AUTHORS!
So let’s start writing and be SOMEBODY! Can you be a Contender?
P.S. I know how truly terrifying it can be to send out queries and partials only to get rejected. The worst part is never knowing why you were rejected. But there is a way to put your work out there and have it critiqued by people who genuinely want the same thing you do…to see you get published.
Enter the WHERE THE MAGIC BEGINS Contest for Unpublished Authors. The whole purpose of this contest is to provide feedback and encouragement to aspiring authors. What have you got to lose?
If you are serious about writing AND selling, then give this contest a try. I know I am.
For Rules, FAQ’s and more details, go to: WWW.RWI-RWA.COM, click on Contest tab.