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Don't sit around and dream about writing, write.
To Dream or Not To Dream

An article for the success-oriented writer

The subject of my title is possibly the most pertinent quandary confronting all would-be writers as well as accomplished ones. Think about it. All writers, especially the most successful writers, are "dreamers." They are such accomplished dreamers that they even dream when they are awake, but that can be detrimental in some instances.


People are lazy. Most imaginative individuals dream about "Endgame" too often. The "Goal" is too enticing for them to resist. Dreaming is a writer's core tool other than some knowledge of grammar, sentence structure, word meaning, and choice. I'm sure I neglected other aspects of the art, of which I will undoubtedly be reminded, but, for now, let us assume that between word processors, crutches like Grammarly, Editors and so forth, anyone could be an accomplished writer unless they cannot dream, or, stated another way--imagine.

It is because of this ability that talented writers, writers who possess a real talent in the art, must learn to control the aspect of dreaming in order to succeed. By that, I mean that the best writer in the world may fail if they continually dream, especially when they dream about being a successful writer. This is because they fail to apply their imaginative talents to the work of creating a desirable piece of writing. These results often occur when ambition becomes more important than creating. As a writer and a dreamer, I am thoroughly familiar with this concept.

I have dreamed about being a writer all my life. But I only "dreamed." I justified this behavior due to obligations to my family because I was the person who HAD to bring home the paycheck. But was that the case? I could have worked and written, but that would have taken too much work and left me without time for my family. Another excuse I found was that those dreams also robbed my family of the degree of success I achieved in my initially chosen career. Therefore, in truth, my "writing" became secondary to my family, and actually, I was okay with that. I love my family, above all else.

After retirement, though, I decided to pursue my lifelong "dream" and start writing in earnest. So I have. That is why I am here on Writing.com, and that is also why I am writing this little blurb for anyone who stumbles across it and wants to share a moment inside my head. It's a strange and confusing place to experience, believe me, I know. The purpose of this short spilling of "my guts" is to leave those out there, who suffer the same malady, with the knowledge that you are not alone. I also would like to let you know that there is hope, but only if you decide to "write" and stop dreaming about writing or being "famous" or "adored," and write. I have not abandoned my "dreams of fame and fortune," but I have lowered my expectations of and the ambition toward those unimportant rewards. As far as I'm concerned, everything will fall into place or it won't, but I promise you I'll have fun and you can too.

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