Tuesday, March 18, 2014

24 The Believe You Can Affirmation -- Give Yourself Permission to Dream

Believe You Can and You Will

I've dreamed of having a book out in the world nearly all my life, but for most of that time, I barely gave myself permission to dream. Do you know the feeling? Sneaking around, hoping, but never admitting it to family or friends because they might laugh or give you that patronizing look or pat on the head?

Maybe your dream isn't about writing. Maybe it's something else completely.

Whatever your dream, I believe--I know--that part of the beauty of the human experience is that we dream the impossible, and if we dream hard enough, we can make the impossible happen.

Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) for COMPULSION come out on Thursday. So that's my dream come true! It still feels incredible and amazing and so very wonderful.

I would love it if you would let me be a small part of having you achieve the impossible by affirming your dream aloud. Yes, I think that's important. Affirmations. Repeating a thing until it becomes true for ourselves is part of the magic of creation, and finding the courage to live and take chances is one of the themes in the book.

Fear, lack of faith, lack of belief can lead us to sub-consciously sabotage ourselves. It's only when we force ourselves to push through, when we commit completely, that we can finally succeed.

Believing Is the First Step to Achieving

  1. Post about your dream on your own blog, Tumblr, Facebook page, Instagram--anywhere online--before 3/31/14. 
  2. Link back to this post for the explanation so others can join in.
  3. Add the link to your post to the Mr. Linky so others can read about your dream and send you moral support.
That's it. It's not a guarantee that you'll achieve your dream, but it's a step to having the kind of faith you need to have before you can push through the fear and hurdles that would keep you from getting where you want to go.
   

YA Giveaway of the Week

Since this is the regular day for my YA Pick & Mix, there has to be a giveaway--and there is, but it's going to be tied to your success.

Post a link to your dream in the linky and complete the Rafflecopter below, and I'll automatically enter you for an extra chance in each of the eight COMPULSION cover reveal giveaways. As a reminder, here they are again:

  1. My Tumblr: Complete hardcover set of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES signed by Kami Garcia, plus hardcovers of MADMAN'S DAUGHTER and HER DARK CURIOSITY signed by Megan Shepherd, personalized ARC of COMPULSION, and a sterling silver key necklace. 
  2. Hypable.com: Complete hardcover set of the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE series (third book sent out after it publishes in April) signed by Laini Taylor, a personalized ARC of COMPULSION, and a sterling silver key necklace.
  3. MundieMoms.com: THESE BROKEN STARS signed by Megan Spooner and Amie Kaufman and books one and two of The Hybrid Chronicles, WHAT'S LEFT OF ME and ONCE WE WERE signed by Kat Zhang, a personalized ARC of COMPULSION, and a sterling silver key necklace.
  4. Cuddlebuggery.com: CHARM & STRANGE hardcover signed by Stephanie Kuehn plus THE RAVEN BOYS and THE DREAM THIEVES with beautiful bookplates signed by Maggie Stiefvater. THE DREAM THIEVES also has Maggie's hand drawn doodle of a raven, a personalized ARC of COMPULSION, and a sterling silver key necklace.
  5. PageTurners.com: ALLEGIANT signed by Veronica Roth along with SPELLCASTER and STEADFAST signed by Claudia Gray, a personalized ARC of COMPULSION, and a sterling silver key necklace.
  6. TheStorySiren.com: ANTIGODDESS, ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD, and GIRL OF NIGHTMARES signed by Kendare Blake, a personalized ARC of COMPULSION, and a sterling silver key necklace.
  7. AdventuresInYAPublishing.com: The complete SHATTER ME series signed by Tahereh Mafi, a personalized ARC of COMPULSION, and a sterling silver key necklace.
  8. YASeriesInsiders.com: Jennifer Armentrout's complete LUX series plus a signed copy of her brand new WHITE HOT KISS, a personalized ARC of COMPULSION, and a sterling silver key necklace.
Also, and I can't do anything about entering you automatically for this, but if you have a Goodreads account, my publisher is giving away three ARCs of COMPULSION here:


And as always, the list of giveaways we have here on the blog is here:

So What Do You Think? Are You Ready To Shout Out Your Dream?

Here's the Rafflecopter. Be sure to enter and include your link by 3/31/14. All giveaways are international.

And Here's the Linky


If you'd like to keep your post prominent and spread the word even more, here's a banner you can use in your post or your sidebar:


24 comments:

  1. This is an awesome idea! Thank you Martina!!

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    1. Love your affirmation, Christina. That's exactly what writing is all about!

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  2. This is an excellent idea!!!

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    1. Your dream is so wonderful and generous! And I'm grinning from ear to ear because it's VERY similar to one of the characters in my book. A character I happen to adore!

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    1. Love it, Kate! Making people smile and think is a great way to look at your writing goals. : ) Wish I'd had your drive and determination a whole lot sooner!

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  4. This was surprisingly terrifying. Somehow putting it in words seems like the start of a committed relationship. :)

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    1. But you DID it! And that's the start. I don't know why we writers have such a hard time saying I'm a writer the way that people say I'm a med-student. Everyone knows it takes time to become a doctor and no med-student ever felt embarrassed or ashamed at taking eight, ten, twelve years to learn their craft! Why do we expect to "nail it" on the first horrible novella? You *learned* from that and from everything else you've written. So don't you dare feel like a fraud or a hack! Feel proud and excited to be a writer on the learning path to author! I wish, I WISH, I'd had that attitude all along! So hugs and yay for you!

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  5. YES!! I recently wrote a post on my blog about my life's struggle and holding on to my dreams as a life raft.
    I'll try and hook it up to your blog. I can't wait to read Compulsion. I've heard wonderful things!

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    1. Thank you so much, Karen! And I'd love that. I'm going to try to go and find the post.

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    2. I hope everyone's dreams will come true (and mine too :D)

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    3. I hope so too, Somia! All best!

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  6. Here's the link for mine: http://tracikenworth.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php

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    1. Bravo, Traci! I left a comment on your post. : ) And I'm sending you a standing ovation.

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  7. Cool idea! I love that opening quote too.

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    1. Isn't that a wonderful quote, Nicole? I hope this helps a few people to believe in themselves. We all need a little validation!

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  8. This is a wonderful idea! Thank you :)

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  9. Thank you for having this! I am so glad that I was able to share my dream of writing too. It reminded me that dreams can be achieved, but you don't have a chance if you don't try.

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