When I was younger, I used to dream about being famous.
Didn’t we all?
It started with writing. From a young age I loved to read and write so much, I dreamed of my books being in the book fair catalog, and it only escalated from there. Every couple of years it would switch– pop star, movie star, Broadway star, symphony member–but overall it was the same concept:
I wanted to be known. I wanted to be recognized. I wanted to be famous.
That’s the world we live in. We want to be set above everyone else and talked about by people we don’t know. Even, sometimes, if it’s negative.
As I’ve gotten older, the dream has settled with my writing. While I still admittedly dream of being the next Ann Rinaldi or Janette Oke, mostly I just want to get my stories out there.
I want to release them into the wild. I want them to be read. I want them to be appreciated.
The written word is a beautiful thing. Someone has slaved away to string sentences together in a new style, his/her style, to form a story of his/her imagination.
I’m not trying to give myself too much credit here. But writing is work. Don’t be fooled in to think differently.
It is fun, of course, too. It is amazing when those voices come to life and everything flows like a stream in the desert–but the times when the water runs dry are the times you wonder what the heck you’re doing, and then realize how your passion is also work.
I know there are still those out there who dream of being famous. Who write to make the bestsellers list or hope their works will be turned into movies. There’s no shame in that.
But I think, over all, authors–writers–write because they have to. Because there are these stories inside just bursting through every pore of their bodies, and if they don’t come out, it’s like they’re purposefully trapping a dream from coming to life.
And we wouldn’t want that, would we?
If you are able to make your dream come to life, to the best of your ability, the only person who you harm if you don’t–is yourself.
If you’re an author, keep dreaming. You’re going to make it.