Do You Believe in Your Dreams?18:19
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We writers have all kinds of dreams. We dream of finishing a book, or of being published, of learning to craft stunning poetry, or of mastering the art of the gripping short story. Some dream of seeing their name in print while others just want to finish something. Whatever your dream is, it’s something that means a lot to you. It’s something that you’re willing to strive towards, putting in much time and energy in the quest to achieve it.
I’ve spoken to quite a few writers, novelists who, like myself, haven’t yet published anything. Most of them dream of publishing a book one day. Some of them are positive, driven individuals who, I have no doubt, are well on their way to becoming published authors. But over and over I have heard a sad refrain of negative statements.
“I’m not good enough at writing.”
“No one would want to read my books.”
“I doubt anyone will ever publish my novels.”
These people have dreams of amazing things. Many of them are very talented individuals. But they just don’t believe that their dreams could come true. These poor writers have given up before they’ve even begun. They expect to fail instead of hoping to succeed. And when you think like that, you start to wonder if it’s even worth trying to get publishing, seeing as you already know it’s not going to happen.
But is it really so certain that you’re not going to get your book picked up by a publishing house? Are you so certain that you are a terrible writer? The truth is that none of us are as bad as we think we are, and everyone has the capacity to improve. If you believe in your dream and work hard at it, there’s every chance that you might succeed. Sure, you’ll probably fail a whole bunch of times. But you have it within you to reach your dream, if you believe in it.
It can be very disheartening to look at writers like J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Marissa Meyer, or any of your favourite authors whose names crowd your bookshelves. It seems impossible that one could ever reach their level of mastery. But, once upon a time, these famous authors were no more than people with a dream and no clue what they were doing. But they believed in their dreams. They put in thousands of hours learning their craft, writing novels, scrapping them, starting over, and being rejected over and over until someone was willing to give them a chance.
There is no mastery in this craft of writing. You don’t stop learning to write better, not when you’ve sold one book, or two, or twenty. Every writer is still learning how to write better, how to craft a tighter plot, better characters, and a more gripping story. And if you believe in yourself and in your dreams, you can do great things. When you believe it can be done, you are willing to put in the time to learn how to be good at what you love to do, no matter how long it takes. And if you put in the time and hard work, you might one day be a published author, or the proud owner of a finished manuscript, or the writer of great poetry, or whatever your goal was. You have the greatest capacity to reach your goal. But first you must believe it can be done.