Posted by: nancyisanders | June 20, 2016

Oldie But Goodie

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I hope this OLDIE BUT GOODIE from blog inspires you today!

Chances are, if you dream about being a writer, you either loved to read as a child or are a natural storyteller! What a wonderful imagination you probably have!

As you take steps to make your dreams come true, let me encourage you. I started out knowing NOTHING about the field of writing. I didn’t know about writers’ conferences, critique groups, market guides, publishing houses, agents, queries or book proposals. I didn’t even know how to type a manuscript in its proper format. I didn’t even know the word “submissions” meant to send something to an editor–I just typed up my story and mailed it to the first magazine that came to mind!

Yet, little by little, step by step I moved forward in pursuit of my dreams of one day being a published author. And now I am! With over 70 books published in houses big and small, I am a full-time writer landing 3-4 new book contracts every year for the last ten years.

Often when I speak at a local writer’s event, someone says, “Well, you can land a book contract because you’re already established.” I try to remind them that I started at square one, just like most of us do.

So, be encouraged! Take heart! Put on your writer’s hat and sit down at your computer. Fasten on your seatbelt until you actually type at least one page of new material today on your manuscript. Step by step, day by day, you can work towards making your dreams come true!


  1. What a great reminder to take one step at a time towards our writing goals instead of not starting at all because it all looks so overwhelming! Thanks for sharing all your great tips. God bless.

  2. Great reminder to keep heart and pursue your dreams. Doubts cloud my mind, but you have given me hope to keep going-thank you, Nancy.

  3. Thank you for encouraging all of us writers. Too few people seem to encourage but critique us with no encouragement to keep going. I try to encourage but one person in my group said I always say I love similes and metaphors but I do love and appreciate them. Try to look for the good and whatever is “praiseworthy.” Is this wrong? I also love strong verbs and opine on them too. Jan

  4. Great encouragement – thanks!
    That book sculpture is awesome!

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