For years, I dreamed of writing a book. But, fear kept me from trying. Fear that I couldn’t be creative enough to come up with good plots and characters, or good enough to actually interest readers, or . . .
A few years ago, God gave me the first pieces of what would later become my first novel. Said novel is still sitting on a virtual shelf in my computer, but the fact is I wrote a book.
I did it.
I learned how to craft a story, how to create characters and I practiced. A lot.
I moved beyond fear and into a place of action. I’ve written two books since that one, and story ideas keep popping into my mind, waiting to be written.
Dreams can only become reality when we act on the dream. When we find out what we need to do and then do it.
I also love this quote, by Catherine Pulsifer over at Inspirational Words of Wisdom: “It may take a few more attempts, or many attempts but success is only achieved once dreams are put into action, where failure becomes the launching pad for smarter choices, or better action plans in future endeavors.”
Dreams achieved rarely come easily. We may (probably will) fail in the process, but let’s fail forward as we move toward making dreams reality. Let’s learn and change so that our dreams become more than just a nice thought in our heads.
I’m in Florida this week at a writer’s retreat, learning more about crafting stories. There’s always more to learn!
I’m keeping this short. What I want to know is, what is your dream? What’s holding you back? What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?