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Creativity coach, writing and creative process instructor, speaker, author of Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Write the Way You Want (Penguin/Tarcher 2012) and Dancing in the Dragon's Den (Red Wheel Weiser), Teaching Artist at the Loft Literary Center.

Is It Time to Give Up Your Writing Dream?


give up your dreamIf you think it might be time to give up your dreams of writing, you already have.

“Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they’re yours,” wrote Richard Bach.

But if there is the tiniest bit of hope that your dream might still be achieved, it is NOT time to give up, no matter how many rejections or how much disinterest you’ve received, no matter how hard or unlikely it is to achieve the dream, no matter how many challenges you face.

I’m sure you’ve heard about the multitude of rejections best-selling authors like J. K. Rowling, Steven King and Jack Kerouac received without surrendering their dreams. A coaching client of mine finally got an offer on her middle-grade novel after months and months of rejections and suggestions to make her main character either older or younger.

These writers never could have achieved their dreams if they had let the dreams die.

Write and Rewrite Your Dream

Publishing a novel is my as-of-yet unfulfilled dream; yours might be publishing a chapbook of your poetry, reaching a certain number of hits or subscribers on your blog, getting your first byline in a big magazine or something else.

Do you know specifically what your current writing dream is? If you do, write it down. If you don’t, freewrite until you do know.

Just writing your dream moves you closer to it. As the ancient Egyptians said, “So let it be written, so let it be done.”

But just because you wrote it down doesn’t mean you’re stuck with that dream forever. Next week, next month, you might dream bigger. Or dream in a different direction. You can rewrite your dream whenever you need to or want to.

And just because you wrote your dream doesn’t mean you’re done. As difficult as it can be sometimes to articulate exactly what you dream of, it always takes more effort and action to transform a dream into reality.

You’ll find more about holding on to dreams and moving them into action in the next post.

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