Thursday, May 10, 2012

Chase Your Dreams

So often, it seems, the publishing world's corner of the internet is full of posts about how long the process takes, how many surprises there are in store once we land an agent or a book deal, etcetera. It can start to feel discouraging and hopeless. It can become a driving force in our lives, if we choose to make it that way. Let it influence our work ethic and motivation, and so on.

But what is your dream? A book deal? A book on a shelf? A book in your hands with your name on the cover?

Never be afraid to chase your dreams. They just might come true in every way you hoped. They might come true in ways you never thought of but that turn out perfect for you.

The point is, just dream.

I was reading on IMDB the other day (I'm a nerd). Someone had said something about two actors and it left me with a question. So I went to the IMDB page for one of the two and started reading his in-depth biography that's posted there. (By in-depth I mean more than the little bios we authors write for ourselves for the back of our books or our websites.)

It started talking about how this TV show inspired him to become an actor and he pursued it in hopes of one day getting to play the title character. (Can you guess which show I'm talking about?) However many years later, guess what role he landed and played for three or four seasons (is my estimate)?

Don't be afraid to chase your dreams. They just might come true in big ways.

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11 comments:

  1. Isn't that David Tennant? I seem to remember hearing that he watched the original Who as a kid and wanted to play the Doctor when he grew up.

    I like your post. Dreams can come true. Often in ways we never expect.

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    1. Indeed it is. I read that and just went "Whoa." Thanks, Kayeleen.

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  2. I thought of Tennant as well. He's got an inspiring bio. For me, I've got this dream LSU Press will want to pick me up.

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    1. Indeed! I'm sure your dream will come true in big ways! Thanks for coming by!

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  3. Oh my gosh, Stephanie, this post is EXACTLY what I needed to hear today. I've been stuck in the comparing myself with other authors day and have forgotten my dream of being that... an author. Me. Not any other author. Just me and sharing MY stories because I'm the best person to deliver them onto the page. Thanks for reminding me to follow my dream of author-dom. :D

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    1. PS: I swear I was following your blog. Looks like I wasn't. Sorry. I've got my pic on your sidebar now. Woot!

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    2. LOL. No worries on the blog following thing! (Evil plans are working. Hee hee hee.) I'm glad you got something out of my post today. That's my goal with this blog, for someone to get something out of each post. It doesn't have to be the same person each time, and it could just be "This chick is nuts" but as long as it's something. Thank you for coming by today!

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  4. Aww, yeah, publishing is hard. Any dream we chase after contains large chunks of "reality" thrown in there once we actually reach them. But I think the point is to be happy with that reality and treat it as part of the dream and what we wanted. I've had to come to terms with some of that lately, and I'm happier and happier with my choices and reaching some of my dreams so far. It has been a wonderful journey!

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    1. I couldn't be happier for you, dear. Thanks for coming by!

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