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Escaping Reality

Everyone has stress in their life. Some of it comes through work, others deal with it at home, school, with relatives, in their transportation. Life can be stressful. We all have ways of coping with it.

I discovered midway through writing my second book that writing was a good way for me to decompress from my own stressful school situation. I can’t tell you how long it took me to finish my first book. I can tell you that Books 2 & 3 of the Tree House series were penned within 8 months. Both of those books were completed during my Directing I & II classes.

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While in the middle of learning brand new terminology, reading new plays, and scouring said material for clues in figuring out the key properties of such stories, I pretty much lived and breathed Directing.

Directing I only came around once a year. If you failed the first test, you failed the entire class. I was also in a program where I could not move forward until I completed Directing. Adding to my stress, if I had failed the test and had to drop it as a result, it would have put me below the required 12 hours of classes that I needed to keep my financial aid. I was stressed.

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In addition to studying like I’d never studied before (and lots of praying), I began writing in my down time. Being able to control anything in that type of situation was almost therapeutic, since there was so little in that time frame that I had a say in. Granted, my characters went through a bunch of stuff, but it helped me as a writer.

I discovered something within those 8 months of penning the end of my trilogy. Writing helped me calm down. It mellowed me on some level to write about other people’s lives spinning out of control.

November has and always will be a slightly crazy month for me. This year, especially, dealing with wedding details. However, what I discovered in Directing classes still holds true today. I feel better about my situation when I’m penning a story. For just a few hours, I get to escape into another world. Sometimes, that’s all I need in order to find some perspective.

**Directing I’s dreaded test was graded on a curve. Without it, I would have failed it by half a point. My final grade on that test was an 87. I can’t remember my final grade on the class, but I’ll remember that 87 for probably the rest of my life. I have never been so happy for a curve before. I’ve never needed one before, and I’ll likely never need one again. So thankful Jesus was listening and granted my request to pass The Dreaded Directing Test.**

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Acting and Being Social

I have learned over the years that while I am not an extrovert, I can at least mingle with others if I have a script to follow. “How are you? How are your kids? Did you see that cat video?”

It is at times like this that I am thankful for my theatre background. I learned a great deal during my acting classes, mainly about my limitations as an actress. But I did learn that if I had a script, I was more confident. The script gives me direction, so once I was pointed in the proper direction, I was good.

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This is the age of social media, so I am rather grateful that I can promote my book and influence possible readers from the safety of my computer. Social media, to me, means communicating with others through writing. Imagine my delight when I discovered texting. 😉

I’m still consulting my script on this whole promote yourself to find your readers thing. I’m looking at certain lines going, “Really? Do I have to?”

I was recently given an opportunity at church to promote my book just before I did a drama. I was thrown off, since I wasn’t expecting it. I quickly gave the pertinent info, but failed to tell them what the book was about or even that it was also an ebook. Fortunately, the pastor helped me out.

I’m finding myself giving the same info to curious people about the book, so I guess I’m still writing the script that I’m supposed to be studying. Perhaps that’s why I draw a blank sometimes. However, I’m going to keep working at this script I can do my part perfectly. Thank you for your patience if I happen to stumble as I walk on stage.

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Dreaming

I was talking about publishing recently. My boyfriend did the math of how much money I would make if I sold a million copies. I corrected the quoted figure, since Amazon would get a piece of each sale.

That conversation got me thinking. I know it’s my first book. I know that the chances are good that I will not sell anywhere close to a million copies. But a girl can dream, right?

If I sold a million copies, I could be debt-free. Employment wouldn’t be an issue. I would finally prove to myself as well as everyone else that I deserved to be a writer.

Then reality sets in. I don’t have to sell a million copies to prove to anyone that I deserve to be a writer. I am a writer. I write what’s on my heart. If people love it, that’s awesome. If people don’t, at least I’ve shared my story.

A friend of mine just debuted on Broadway. We knew each other in college. I don’t even know if she remembers me anymore. Anyway, she has made it. I’m excited for her, since a spot on Broadway is a coveted position for any actor or actress.

How do you get on Broadway? How you you sell a million books? How do you write and sell a song that ends up being a top hit?

There is no formula. Luck is a factor. Skill is undoubtedly a factor. The rest of the mysterious combination is hard work. Sometimes you work hard and nothing happens. That should never discourage anyone from working toward their goal.

How do you sell a million books? I have no idea, but I do know it starts with a dream. If you don’t dream, you aren’t looking toward the future.

Will the world crumble if you don’t ever achieve your dream? No. But you might learn something from following your dream that you could never learn any other way.

No matter what your goal is, keep dreaming. It will place you in an area where you will be positioned for greater things.

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