Do you know the difference between having a dream and a goal? A dream is something you wish to have or accomplish, while a goal is an objective, something you have a designed plan to accomplish.
See how they work differently? One might never come true, while the other you will work step by step, failure after failure, to achieve. Sometimes we get so caught up in our dreams that we don’t realize they can come true if we work towards it. No, they will not happen when you are fast asleep, or when you find the genie’s bottle. Which means you have to get up, shake the negativity and go fight.
That’s what I’m doing here if only to force me to keep writing and not give up on my goal (not a dream) of becoming a published author. The only way of doing that is by what? Actually doing the work. My negativity has stopped me so far, but I say enough is enough. I can accomplish my goal because I study, practice and work for it. Do you want to be a writer as well? Then you have to write, even if you feel like you are not good enough. Because guess what? You can improve. Writing is not just pure talent, it’s a craft, and like any craft, you can learn, master and use it in your favor.
Maybe a writing course will help you (I’ve tried many, and yes they are very helpful), or a writing technique book, or perhaps even a writing club (if you are shy, you can try some online platforms like Wattpad). What matters is if you keep writing and are open to criticism.
When I think back on my first book, I see how much I have already improved. But I also know I have a lot to grow, and that’s why I won’t give up on learning. Because in the end what matters is the journey to get there.
So, will you wake up and work towards your goal, or just keep dreaming?
Are you a writer? Are you working towards your goal? Share with me your thoughts and tips.