It’s back to a motivational phrase for Part 4 of my ‘What’s on my wall?’ #MondayMotivation blog post.
I’d never heard this phrase until my writing friend and fellow Write Romantic, Helen Phifer, mentioned that it was one of her favourite sayings shortly after the Write Romantics formed. Back then, we were all aspiring authors hoping that we’d get our break one day and it seemed very apt so the group adopted it.
In recent years, this phrase has become the subject of many humorous memes along the lines of ‘She believed she could but she was tired so she ate a giant bar of chocolate instead’ which have perhaps turned this phrase into a bit of a joke.
But I still love it.
Authors have to have a phenomenal amount of self-belief to write the book in the first place and then to put it out there in the publishing world. We face rejection from agents and/or publishers, criticism from bloggers and readers, poor sales and chart positions and can often question what the point is. Some will accept it isn’t going to happen. Others will hang onto the belief that they will get there – eventually – and keep going.
I believed I could write a book.
I believed I could create a series of books in a world with interconnected characters that readers would love.
I believed I could secure a publishing deal.
I believed that, one day, I could become successful enough to write full-time.
My journey to this point has been a rough ride, riddled with doubts but I kept going until I got there. I believed I could, so I did.
Now the sign sits above my window and I look at it and smile every day.
Have a great week.