A Novel Idea: How to Seize a Lifelong Dream
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Since the start of 2019, I’ve been telling you about all the ways I’m improving myself and my life. Those ways spanned topics like how I kept my house in good order to how I write a good thank you note. I’ve pretty much been running the gamut of self-improvement. However, there is one little thing that I start every year thinking I’m going to tackle: my lifelong dreams. Do you know what happens? I never even start on them. Then I ask myself why I haven’t at least tried accomplishing these things. My main answer is that I’m afraid. I’m afraid of failing, of being ridiculed and, oddly, of success itself.
Well, today I’m getting really vulnerable with you and telling you something I haven’t uttered to many people yet. Even starting this blog post, I’m terrified. I’m about to tackle one of my lifelong dreams. I know, though, that getting this out there will mean I have an added drive to actually get this thing done. And,
Are you ready for this???
Okay. I am…
I am writing a novel.
There I said it. I am sitting down in front of my computer on a regular basis and typing out a fiction story for the consumption of the general public…I hope. I’m not going to be writing this story for my own enjoyment, I do hope that one day it’ll be out there for mass consumption
So far, I have a general idea of where I’ll be going with the plot and I’m pretty excited about it. My husband even got pretty excited about my plot idea. Considering I see him as a literary genius, this was a huge boost of encouragement to start this. I do plan on sharing the journey with you all here on the blog and over on my Instagram. I’ll be releasing short stories from time to time as I try to hone my writing skills. In fact, my first short story will be coming out this week. So, if you want to be alerted of when it goes
I’m revealing all of this to really say…DO IT! Whatever your dreams are…go for it! Here is how I finally came to the place of being ready to seize my dreams.
1. Ask “What’s Holding Me Back?”
I had a lot of “answers” to this question. In the
The next thing was, “It’s delayed gratification!” Yes, I know writing a novel takes time
At any rate (and after all that talking to myself), I couldn’t think of one GOOD reason not to go ahead and start writing this novel. Go ahead and think of all your reasons and THEN think about if they are actually logical. There’s always a way. ALWAYS. Find the way.
2. Put a Plan Together
Plans and goals seem to propel me towards progress. O
Having it all written down like this made the possibility even more real to me. The actual outline of the work I was about to start was physically in front of me to look at every day. I had a plan. Now that I had that plan, I could put it into action!
3. Share Your Dream with Trusted Friends.
The next thing I did was I told people. SOME people; people who I knew would be sincerely thrilled for my plan. I told my husband first and his reaction created a spark in me that made me feel like I could REALLY do it. I sat my best friend down over coffee to tell her and she thought it was a great idea! Telling people I trust first helped me to gauge if I was being ridiculous or if this was really a good idea. Thankfully, they thought it was a good idea.
Doesn’t matter where you start, just start. If you need funding for your dream, start selling stuff to earn the money you need. In my case, starting meant writing the first paragraph. Yep…you now know I’ve got one paragraph (you’ll have to wait to see if I have anymore). I was pleased with it too. I shared that with my trusted friends. These little milestones were the gratification that I was needing to keep going. Don’t just think about starting. Don’t just talk about starting. Start. Once you start, keep going.
5. Tell Everybody Else.
Yep. Even before you finish, tell everybody! Tell your dentist and your postal carrier. Tell your haters. Why? Because this is going to be a different kind of drive for you now. Not only have you told people you trust, but you’ve told even the ones you might not. They may ridicule you. Let them. They may act like they don’t care. That’s fine. They may smile and nod and not jump up and down
This was step 5 for me. I have no idea what’s coming after this post gets published.
In 2019 I will write a novel. What will you do?