Pursuing Your Dream

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What does it take to pursuit your dream?

Passion

Perseverance

Pain

All of the above?

Is it more than just hard work?

I listened to a webinar today from Jennifer Blanchard. She spoke about what happens after you write your first draft. The information covered the editing process all the way through publishing. She even gave possible timelines.

For me it was a reality check.

I’m not sure what I was expecting when I began this pursuit of my writing dream. I don’t think I quite believed the length of time it would take for others to take notice of my writing. I don’t even think I knew what it would take to write an entire novel.

When people talk about the one novel a year for this author or many years for that person, I think I didn’t want to believe it. I wanted to believe that mine would be different. That I would be the one to beat the odds.

It may be me, someday. However there are some things that are in the way of my own success:

I need to finish my novel. I’ve finished one, that in my rewriting process has turned into three and I am only about 1/3 of the way through the first one.

I need to send in my work. Since I also write flash fiction, there is a possibility for publication but I would need to submit work.

I need to edit my work. I’m pretty sure I have tried to convince myself that my work doesn’t need editing. I know it’s not true but I can dream and still not get my editing done.

I also need to keep writing. Before this week I would have said no problem. Not now. This week has been challenging to keep going, though I continue to write.

Everyone has their own path to their dream. My own path is not without its pitfalls and dark places. However, there is plenty of light for my way. I will persevere.

How are you pursuing your dreams?

One thought on “Pursuing Your Dream

  1. They say that “if you don’t have a dream, how are you going to make a dream come true?” So you, my friend, are one step ahead of most of us in that you HAVE an articulated dream. You also have the vision and the discipline and the character to organize your world to DO what needs to be done-one step at a time-to do it.

    I laugh as I write to you when I think about my own life and how I have manifested some of my dreams by damn, blind luck!?! My own chaotic, in the moment approach to life has worked for me. I am happy. But I wonder sometimes how much more could have been mine with a bit more focus?!? Ah…I feel a little greedy to think such thoughts…and a bit lazy NOT to.

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