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True story. My love affair with books began when I was little—by which I mean somewhere pre-kindergarten—fueled first by my parents reading to me, then by reading on my own (I love you, Dr. Seuss, wherever you are in the cosmos!). Books were magic and somewhere along the way, I got it into my head that authors were magic, too—that they were some rarified form of human being and that writing books wasn't something just anyone could do. Years later in school when we would discuss books and "what the author meant," I knew in my head that a person like you or me wrote those books, but somewhere in my soul I still believed that authors were magical creatures. Aspiring to be one was as foolish as trying to catch a leprechaun to make him give up his pot o' gold. Better to stick to something down to earth, don't you know.
Fast forward *cough* years past several twists and turns in my life, past the degree in Computer Science and the career in IT (all of which I've loved, by the way), past the years of writing stories for myself—all the way to today. I joined RWA because I'm serious about writing as a career (i.e. writing for publication). I'm working hard at learning all I can about writing, about publishing, and at improving my craft. And yet there's been an invisible wall holding me back: I'm still trying to shake that long-held belief. Not so much the belief that authors are magical, because I still think they are. No, it's the corollary to that belief that I've been trying to get rid of. Leprechauns and unicorns, after all, are born that way. They didn't wake up one morning and become magical; they just are. If authors are magical...well, you see the problem.
I know you're dying for me to tell you all about the elixir, aren't you? I'll tell you a secret—you already know what it is. Authors have never tried to hide it. It's free to anyone who really wants it. Are you ready? You're sure? Okay, then, here it is. The magic elixir to becoming a published author is...to write!
See, I told you you already knew it.
The thing is, it's easy to forget that those magical creatures called "authors" are really writers who continued to plug away at their writing until they finally reached the point where a publisher wanted to buy what they wrote. I suppose some people would say that's a bit mundane for a magic potion. I don't think so at all. Writer's write. Sounds pretty magical to me.