My latest ambition is being a children's book writer. I've always loved children's books--the stories, the lessons and even the illustrations. I've even gone ahead and written my first draft--my inspiration is my dog, Nikki.
So, how did this inspiration come about-it? About eight years ago I found myself walking through the children's section of Barnes & Nobles looking for a book for my niece, Sapna. I came across this lovely book called Angelina Ballerina. The story was simple. It was a about a little mouse with ambitions to become a ballerina. The story and the illustrations brought the book to life for me.
But, unfortunately, life took over and I put my book on the back burner until now. Needing some inspiration, I decided to e-mail the author of Angelina Ballerina, Katherine Holabird. Just this a.m., I received the most thoughtful e-mail from her. Her e-mail has given me so much hope to pursue my dreams. Like anything else, a career in writing can be both exciting and upsetting especially if rejected. But, don't be discouraged!
- Take a risk. Submitting my first article was the most difficult thing I ever did, but I did. Though, I sent it to many magazines, I ended up selling it to an Asian American woman magazine in Los Angeles called Audrey Magazine. I had not been published, but that didn't stop me from trying.
- If you're rejected, pick yourself up and go for it again. I remember submitting an article about my fears of the outdoors. The article was about a trip I took to Puerto Rico and how I had overcome my fears of adventure by kayaking at night in a lagoon and hiking in a rain forest. The first publication I pitched the article too rejected me with the editor basically calling me a freak (not kidding!). I sent it to a second online publication called TangoDiva.com and within five minutes I had a response from the editor saying that they would run the article. They later published four my stories!
- Take your time: It has taken me over a year to write the copy for A Dog Named Nikki, feedback from friends, and lots of rewrites until I became satisfied. Now, I am excited about seeing it come to life!
What risks have you taken? Who has inspired you? And, if you do have ambitions, what's stopping you from fulfilling them?