Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Writing Epiphany Over Eggs

I was cooking eggs for breakfast: scrambled with ham and cheese (my husband and my children who eat eggs say my scrambled eggs are the best anywhere!).
While I was gently stirring the eggs, I was thinking about what writing I wanted to work on today. Just then the song "Dream Big" by Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband started playing. I found myself humming along then thinking, 'you've got to dream big'.
What is dreaming big? Is it only dreaming?

No. But that's how it all starts. You have to dream what you want first, then dream it big.
Then work big.
Dreaming is nice. But without the work, your dream will remain a fluffy dream.

If you're a
basketball player and dream of going pro what do you do? Practice. Practice. Practice
again. You play hoop every chance you get. You are first at practice and last to leave.

If you want to be a big time New York fashion designer, what do you do? Take every class you can on fashion design. Read all the fashion magazines. You plan and sketch and create ideas.

And if you're a writer? You want to be at the top of the book lists for weeks if not years. You say you want
to win the Newbery? Nobel Peace Prize? Work hard. Take classes. Go to writing conferences. Write and edit and write and edit more. Then keep submitting until your book is published.

No dream is too big.
No big dream comes easily.
Yes, this all came while I was cooking breakfast.

Then the epiphany hit.
The book that I want to do well will be the hardest one to write/edit/take criticism.
It will hurt my heart and my head.
No dream is easy.
But the biggest dreams pay off in big ways and not just money. The goals we work hardest for are the ones we smile over the longest. The ones our hearts will turn to when it needs a happy moment.
The hardest goals achieved make us strongest.


Angie said...

That's wonderful! Thanks for the inspiring thoughts this morning.

Taffy said...

Thanks Angie!

Kimi said...

Love that song! Great thoughts. You keep dreaming big. You can do it!

ali said...

This is so, so true. Very wise Taffy!

And my hubby always says to me in regard to my writing: "Go big, or go home, baby!"

Meaning, no dream is worth dreaming part way. If I want my dreams to come true I have to LIVE them, throwing everything I've got into making them come true. Nothing short of EVERYTHING will do.

Taffy said...

I love you ladies!