The Next Step

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
An essay about how public libraries brought me to the next step in my life.

Submitted: July 21, 2017

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The Next Step

I remember it to this day. The day I discovered more at the library. The day I discovered my next step. I had been working as a freelance journalist for several years and enjoyed my work. I really did. It allowed me to continue to work while still taking care of my children.

Yet still I felt unsettled. I knew there was something more, something else to this writing passion I was missing. Somehow I knew that my journalistic career was not the ending but the beginning. My articles were just nibbling the edges of a much bigger literary I was supposed to devour.

I had had passing thoughts of trying my hand at writing books before. I had even tried some children’s manuscripts that were all promptly rejected although my children seem to enjoy them. This new goal was different though. Now novel size dreams kept invading my thoughts with novel sized story ideas that kept popping up around every corner with no beckoning on my part whatsoever.

Then came that day. It was during my weekly book trip to the library with the children in tow. We had been to the children’s room and they had made their selections. Then it was my turn. I browsed books in my usual favorite genres yet nothing called out to me. My literary cravings seem to be as restless as my mind was.

Then the novel idea tickled at my thoughts once again, this time stronger pushing me toward the how to write section.  The scene that unfolded there still has a fondly memorable place in my heart. I remember standing between the shelves an eight-year-old  lost in the latest  Babysitter Club, a  one a half-year-old oohing over the pictures in his dinosaur book,  and  the six-month-old holding a part of the book not quite sure what to do with it yet admiring the shiny pages.

It was on that day when I checked out several how to write novel books, that I now look back on and realized I had turned a corner. The day that I had started down a path I had never anticipated.

This was the day my soul became settled and I began on the most unforgettable journey of my life. A journey that has led me to four Amazon novels, and the sale of both a screenplay and several stage plays.

The silent books in these public buildings had led me to where I was meant to be and as they had for countless searchers before me and after, the change my life forever. For that, for libraries, and their books which led me back to my soul desires, I will always be eternally grateful to the public libraries.


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