Michelle Styles talks about what inspired her to follow her dream of publication and wonders what event inspired our people to follow their dreams.
I suspect everyone reading this has probably already seen the Susan Boyle clip. There is about her going out and defiantly being determined to succeed in her dream that strikes a chord.
The judges’ reactions before are the sort of reactions one often gets when one confides a dream. You? Do what? Or even the downright cynical – yeah right, snowball’s chance. But she proved them wrong and at least half of the pleasure of the clip is watching the judges’ reactions as she begins to sing and her wonderful voice soars above the crowd. It is all very inspiring. But what I want to talk about today is the why behind it.
Why did Susan Boyle chose to follow her dream now ? Why do people in general decide to stop talking about things and actually start doing? Most of the time, it is far easier to dream than to do. To do means you have to take a risk. You have to commit to that dream. YOu have to take a risk.
For Miss Boyle, it took a deathbed promise to her mother to give her enough courage to enter the contest. From what I can tell, had it not been for that, she would have continued in her life, dreaming a little bit and singing along to Elaine Page with her hairbrush. That was the moment of epiphany for her. She had to try or die.
For me, it was gall stones. For years I talked about writing novels but did little about it. Oh, I had submitted a couple of short stories, and had been involved with my high school and university’s newspapers. I had also started a few novels but had never gone beyond about chapter six. Then I became ill, and heard the footstep of mortality. It was now or never. So I became serious about it, and became determined to succeed. I started getting up early and writing. I made the time to write -- giving various other time wasters and concentrating. Rejections letters just made me more determined. I also confided in several friends. Some of whom were less supportive than others. You do not know what pleasure I had when a friend recently asked how my little writing project was going and I was able to answer – well, my tenth book for Mills & Boon is about to be published and I have been published in 8 different languages and I forget how many different countries so I’d say very well. The woman rapidly changed the subject.
Many other Mills & Boon authors know when their epiphany was – the exact moment they decided – yes, I am going to give it a go and I am not going to stop until I reach my dream. This is because no one is born an author. It is always a conscience decision to send your writing out into the world. And no one ever said that it was easy.
So whether you are published or not, what is your dream and why did you decide to go for it?
The clip at the bottom is from Les Mis, just in case anyone is tempted to let life kill your dreams.
Michelle Styles is very pleased that she followed her dream and became a Mills & Boon author. Her tenth book, Impoverished Miss Convenient Wife was out this month.