You can be anyone you want to be.
You can do anything you want to do.
You can live anywhere you want to live.
Yes, I absolutely believe this to be true. BUT (and there’s always a “but,” right?) you have to have enough desire, followed by a lot of hard work. Goals start as dreams, and every dream needs a seed of encouragement. Those seeds help us make the right choices to follow our dreams and convert them to real goals.
You want to be a writer? Or course you can.
How you define “success” in terms of being a writer is up to you. It should be a definition you can control. Winning the lottery is probably not a realistic definition. No matter what, all the writers I’ve ever met have worked exceptionally hard to get to where they are.
Somewhere along the way, something encouraged them. Maybe something as simple as one of these ten little seeds:
- at home, your family thinks you’re the cat’s meow
- at school, your teachers brag about you
- critique group partners laugh or cry in all the right places (it may take many sessions of hard work to reach this point)
- pros stop to talk to you at conventions
- you receive a “good” rejection, asking to see more of your work
- you win or place in a contest
- an editor asks to see your work after hearing your pitch
- you (finally!) receive a contract in the mail
- a reader reports that she stayed up all night reading your book
- when someone, anyone–be it an editor or a reader–asks “what’s next?”
Who knows where your dreams will take you, or how far? You’ll never know if you don’t try, so go for it! The choice is yours to make. So, I’m asking you? what’s next for you?