Hope everyone had a great Labor Day. I know I did - went to a fantastic Renaissance Faire in Southeast PA (yes, I am a geek that way), and did a lot of labor around the house.
I thought I'd share this link with you to get you all riled up about the possibilities of your work. Now, I know that you may or may not have an agent, and that you may or may not be published, and perhaps those things are your next steps. Getting your book out as a movie probably isn't even a glint in your eye right now.
Perhaps that's ok, but when I dream, I like to dream big. Now I may have mentioned one of my favorite novels, The Pillars of the Earth, here before, and I was ecstatic when I heard it was coming to TV. Then I looked at this site with the eyes of an author.
What a dream. Imagine your book being made into a film - the characters that existed in your head for so long suddenly coming to life. The location, the words, YOUR words, being spoken and visible for all to see. What a thrill that must be.
That's my goal. No, I'm not writing for the big screen, I'm writing a novel. But for me, a history buff, technology in film has made our history much more accessible than its ever been. I've seen the Titanic sink, William Wallace fight, and a medieval cathedral built. Now I want to see Jeff and Ben, the heroes of my book, actually fight in the Revolutionary War. If it ever comes to that, I'll be a complete mush-head, I know it.
So dream big. Don't be afraid to go for whatever brass ring you've got in front of you. Some may be happy with a small advance check, some for a Newberry Prize, some with just the words of an agent that say "they want to buy your book". Whatever it is, keep that end in mind. As a great man once said, "If you can dream it, you can do it."
Optimism is NOT Arrogance
Arrogance is the belief that you are BETTER than others. Optimism is the belief that you have the same CHANCE as others. We all have the chance to achieve our dreams. Don't ever let anyone tell you differently.
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