I Double Dog Dare You!

My first book was written on a dare. I always loved to write and had completed many short stories and little novelas but nothing really full on until I was double dog dared.

About 10 years ago, my best friend dared me to write a book. We were talking about our dreams, whishes and hopes for the future and I confessed to always wanting to write a book. Of course, I had many excuses why I didn’t have the time to pursue this passion but my friend wouldn’t let it go. “I dare you to write this book,” she’d said.

My first instinct was to share a million and one reasons why I couldn’t possibly, but she stopped me mid-excuse. “Come on, Kimberly. You can do this. I double dog dare you!”

It was just what I needed. I was dragging my feet on creating an entire project just because I didn’t believe I could do it. To hear that someone else believed in was pushing me to pursue my dream was inspiring. I accepted the challenge and within four months completed my first book. In fact, I received a call from American Girl regarding the draft I submitted to them and though they didn’t offer me a contract, they encouraged me to send them more.

That dare has paid off in more ways that one. Not because I wrote a bestseller (which I haven’t) but because I was inspired to believe in myself. Now it’s your turn. I double dog dare you.

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