Writer’s Life: Don’t Let Anyone Steal Your Dream

Have I mentioned I’m writing a novel?  Oh, I know, everyone is either writing a novel or plans to write a novel.  So, with that in mind I’ll start over.

Did I mention I am writing a novel?

Yes, I am. I’m now over two-years and 75,000 words into the process.  While I’ve never published a novel before, I have dozens of paid writing credits over the last 30 years in over a dozen trade journals and magazines. A major part of my day job is writing documentation.

Have you ever noticed the response of family and friends when they learn you are writing a novel?  You know the responses I’m talking about.  You’ve seen them.

There’s the rolling of the eyes up toward the sky.

There’s the bobbing the head up and down while shaking it in disbelief.

Sometimes they will express condolences to a spouse that you’re using your time in this way.  other times they will say “That’s nice.  Everyone needs a hobby.”

When I get responses like these I want to put my hands on their shoulders, look them direct in the eye and say, “Hello, did you hear me? I said I AM writing a novel.  That’s because I’M A WRITER!”

At this point they usually repeat, “That’s nice or I thought you worked with computers.”

I reply “Working with computers pays for my passion for writing.”

It’s sad. They still don’t get it.  Oh, I can send them running out of the room in a hurry if I say, “Would you like to hear a chapter?”  Those words are like saying “FIRE, RUN, FLEE FOR YOUR LIFE!”

I mention all this to say, don’t let anyone steal your dream.  If you’re like me, you have to write.  You can’t help it.  It’s part of who you are.  So write!  And, tell your friends and family that you’re working on a novel.  Let them the progress you are making.  And you can drop me a note from time to time.  I’ll understand.

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