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A Dream Realized
by Cheryl Wright
We are dreamers dreaming dreams. Pursue your dreams passionately and you will eventually achieve them. – Cheryl Wright
As a child I was fascinated with books and their writers. I spent many nights sniffing between the pages of my new school texts. The scent was so intoxicating. I dreamed of being a writer and envisioned my face on the cover of a novel and my autobiography. I used to get thoroughly excited just thinking about it.
I never shared my dream with my parents. I harbored it secretly in my heart but continued to read and write when I could. My diary and my pen were my best friends. Between us there was no pretence or lies, just the unadulterated thoughts of a child.
In my teens, the dream to was gradually overshadowed by the urgings of my parents to finish school and get a “good job.” For twenty years I lived the life that was expected of me and by the ago of thirty-eight I was married with two children.
Then slowly but surely a strange and insane restlessness began creeping in. In time it invaded every facet of my life, both at home and at work. I found myself yearning for something beyond the everyday routine. Creativity was pulling at my heartstrings. My despondent disposition was unmistakably obvious to everyone around me.
By chance I rediscovered an old interest, interior design. I pursued a course of study and switched careers as soon as I qualified and began to experience an indescribable sense of satisfaction. I had a fulltime job as an interior designer and freelanced as a design consultant.
Three years after I entered that field, I met an advertising sales representative from a local women’s magazine. On a whim, at the spur of the moment, I uttered words that changed my life.
“Do you think your editor would be interested in carrying a monthly column about interior design issues?”
Well, one phone call, one sample article, and one month later, I was looking at my first published work, complete with byline. Because I wanted to build my interior design business, I chose free advertising over payment. That was a wise choice.
Because of that exposure a local newspaper offered me a four-month assignment. That deal brought me checks and clients. I won both ways.
I enrolled for a freelance writing course and even before I was finished and while still writing for the magazine I began submitting articles to online sites.
The Internet allowed me to send and receive emails. From the comfort of the corner office in my bedroom I click and off go e-queries and submissions. I open my Inbox to find newsletters, market listings, and responses from people who read my work. Rejections and acceptances from editors find me easily and quickly. The Internet makes life amazingly convenient.
Interior design issues remain my writing specialty. I am however expanding my horizons to include other topics. Motivation, and self-care especially for women is particularly close to my heart because of my life experiences. Writing about the ups and downs of the writing life is a way of encouraging aspiring writers, just as other writers encouraged me. I am also in the early stages of writing my first book to be entitled Lifestyle Decorating.
So my picture on a book cover may not be far away.
AGENTS & EDITORS
- 60 Calls for Submissions in June 2021 – Paying markets
- Agents: Knowing When To Hold One and When To Fold
- Getting Offers from Multiple Literary Agents
- Literary Agents List
- Preditors and Editors
- Publishing, Writing Terms, Acronyms
- Tips for a Successful Editor Appointment
- Want More? Here’s How to Get It
- What NOT to Do When Beginning Your Novel
- Windup for the (Story) Pitch
- Write the Perfect Book Proposal
CALLS FOR SUBMISSION
FORMATTING & GRAMMAR
- Achieving 250 Words / 25 Lines Per Page
- And Sammy, too? Oh, No!
- Changing Double Hyphens to EM Dashes in Word
- Edit Easier
- High Hopes–Avoiding Common Mistakes
- Misused Words
- Navigating In Your Novel
- Proofreaders Marks
- Rules for Writers
- Slang and Jargon Souces
- Tightening Your Manuscript and Trimming the Word Count
- Copyright Primer, Know Your Rights
- EBooks-Fears to Possibilities
- Finding Markets Fiction and Nonfiction
- Freelance Writing 101
- How To Be a (Shiver) Reporter
- Magazine Links
- Making Money As a Corporate Freelancer
- Market News–All Genres
- Newspaper Writing Resources
- Path to Self-Publishing Success
- Publishing, Writing Terms, Acronyms
- Science Writing Organizations
- Selling to Children’s Markets
- Submission Tracking
- Submitting to UK Markets
- Syndication 101
- To Specialize, or Not to Specialize?
- Why E-Books?
- Writing Groups List
- Youth Writing Markets
- A Dream Realized
- Finding Time to Write
- Five Ways to Promote Yourself
- Fun Inspirations 1
- Fun Inspirations 2
- How Not to Procrastinate
- How to Quit Writing and End up on the Bestseller Lists
- Making Time for Self-Care While Running a Business
- Moving Up the Rejection Ladder
- Pop Quiz: Who Are You?
- Rules for Writers
- The Art of Being Rejected–475 Words
- The Juggling Act
- The Literary Food Chain
- Write Better Naked
- Writer’s Conferences Do You Really Need To Attend?
- Writing By Moonlight
WRITER'S BLOCK & TOOLS
ABOUT WRITING CONTESTS
• ALL WRITING CONTESTS
- 2022 JAN Contests, Workshops, Webinars
- 2021 DEC Contests, Workshops, Webinars
- 2021 NOV-JAN Writing Contests, Webinars
- 2021 OCT-DEC Contests & Workshops
- 2021 SEP-NOV Contests & Workshops
- 2021 AUG-SEP Contests & Workshops
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- 2021 JUN-AUG Contests & Workshops
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- 2021 FEB-APR Contests & Workshops