I was checking out a few forums on the NaNoWriMo site and was disconcerted to see a few, in fact, quite a few people doubting and questioning themselves as to whether they will realize their dream of becoming a published author. Some commented that those close to them think their pursuit is a pie-in-the-sky dream.
I say, go after your dream. Writing is a lonely pursuit, there’s no running away from it. There are moments when you feel like no one understands not only what you are going through, but also they don’t understand why you are doing what you do.
Because of this lack of understanding, there are those who are filled with baskets full of advice, even though they don’t have the slightest clue about what it takes to be a writer. Let’s not forget the naysayers who constantly tell you not to leave your day job, because you will never make it as a professional writer.
Don’t let these negative talks make you question your pursuit. Not everyone is going to understand your dream and not everyone is going to want to see you succeed. Some of those whiners probably don’t have a dream; hence, they have nothing to motivate them. Stay away from them and surround yourself with positive like-minded people who have similar dreams and visions, and appreciate your writing efforts.
Dreams are wonderful, though they can sometimes be frightening, but they make you stop to think and you can learn, recognize and or discover ideas, beliefs and inspirations you didn’t even know you had buried in your subconscious.
These pop into your head at any time: while you’re at the mall, lunching with a friend, lounging in the bathtub, or even while you are brainstorming with you, yourself and you—this quiet time is recommended by experts. It doesn’t matter; visualize in your mind what you want and where you want to be. You’ll be surprised where it takes you.
By exploring and working toward your dreams, you are telling yourself and the Universe what you want. Making that conscious choice to dream creates the right mental atmosphere for you to write.
Work with them at the forefront of your mind on a regular basis and it will help you through any blockages and negative talk from those who don’t have a dream, or those who don’t want to see you succeed. It works for me.
My brain is fried tonight, so I’ll be skipping writing, but I had to write some words of wisdom to my fellow peers and I’ll leave you with this inspirational quote.
“…every success must begin with a dream. Without a dream, there is no purpose, because there is nothing to motivate you to set a goal. Without a dream, you will be like a ship with no destination. A ship would not get out of the harbour if it has nowhere to go, and if it does set out from the harbour at all, without a destination, it would only flounder in the waves of uncertainty—Napoleon Hill and Clement Stone.