Almost everyone has a big dream, a fantasy of sorts in which they live the “perfect” life. Maybe it’s sailing the waters on a fishing boat, maybe it’s traveling around the globe, maybe it’s being an astronaut exploring the realms of space.
For writers, that big dream usually consists of writing a book that is a bestseller, allowing them to quit their day job and writing in leisure.
Many writers, however, never get past the first element of that big dream – writing the book. They find themselves bogged down with career or school, discover that family eats up their free time, settle for simply maintaining their home. For them, the dream is something they might get to later, maybe in retirement. Maybe…
If you’ve started your book or short story or poem, however, you’ve begun to live your dream. Sure, you haven’t reached the epitome of your dream, that day when a publisher hands you a million dollar advance and says, “Write whatever you want!” But that’s more of the fantasy element of the dream, anyway.
Suppose that your dream is to own your own business. The fantasy element might be to build it into a Google-sized company that you sell to another for billions. The actual dream, though – the part that matters most – is to be your own boss, to manage your company’s fate, to grow something that is a legacy to your family. Those who take the leap and become entrepreneurs are living their dream.
By writing your book today, you are just like that entrepreneur. You are managing your own literary fate, are creating something so that your children and grandchildren will know you as “the author.”
Entrepreneurs who start building their own business put in a lot of hard work and thankless hours just to make their first dollar. A writer who’s penning a book is at the same stage.
The fruits of your efforts need not have been plucked for you to live your dream. After all, a man is a farmer as soon as he sows the seed, not when the harvest comes in. A woman is an entrepreneur as soon as she opens her doors for business, not when sales reach a predetermined number. And you are a writer the moment you start writing, not when you’ve sold your first book.
So keep living your dream – write today!
My name is Rob Bignell. I’m an affordable, professional editor who runs Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the manuscript needs of writers both new and published. I also offer a variety of self-publishing services. During the past decade, I’ve helped more than 300 novelists and nonfiction authors obtain their publishing dreams at reasonable prices. I’m also the author of the 7 Minutes a Day… writing guidebooks, four nonfiction hiking guidebook series, and the literary novel Windmill. Several of my short stories in the literary and science fiction genres also have been published.