Musings, Writing

Sharing dreams

I’ve been hesitant to tell many people my dream of being a published author, namely because I’m scared of failure. Talking to some old friends (as in known since childhood, not old in age!) at the weekend about work, I was honest that I was less passionate about my current career as what I really wanted to do was write.

You know what? It was a breeze. They seemed to find it exciting, there was no laughter or mocking, just support. One of them even reminded me how we used to make up stories together when we were young. They both encouraged me to consider doing something part-time whilst I work on a book. And it’s given me a bigger towards pursuing my dream because I’ve said it out loud. I’ve made it real. It’s out there in the universe and now I need to make it happen.

I guess the moral of the story is not be scared of failure but do everything you can to succeed. Feel the fear and do it anyway!
Whilst I am still clueless about what to do about the day job, I’m going to do everything I can to pursue my writing dream.

Have you shared your dreams?



49 thoughts on “Sharing dreams”

  1. I was actually thnking about you and the other post on this subject a couple of days ago. And I was thinking that if you have a dream to pursue than you should do it. If you just didn’t know what to do it’s a different story, one could waste life trying to figure out what to do. But you know so I thought you should do everything you can to reach your dreams… that’s what I was thinking.

  2. in eat pray love she has a drsm, and so she writes a letter to the universe, reads it out and then names all the people who would sign it in her support. it made me think of that when i read this πŸ™‚

  3. aww i love how you’re making your dreams alive! way to go! *high five* I guess you can get a part time job or ask your employer for less hours…. (they may agree seeing as companies are still cutting back)

    I’m still as clueless as ever; i mean last night I dreamt about a dj in inverness who I’m not normally attracted to!! arggggggggggh!!!



  4. Oh gosh, I remember the first time I told anyone I wrote a book. I was met with utter shock, then mostly encouragement. Three years later, my debut novel is releasing….so they’re pretty excited now! I’m still in a bit of shock myself, but taking it a step at a time. It’s scary to tell people you’re a writer sometimes. They just kind of look at you, “Oh, really?”


  5. Yes, it’s a wonderful thing to share your dreams with people you trust and respect. It can lift inhibitions and bring about fresh thoughts and hope with which to inspire you. Keep on following your dreams, you’ll succeed! πŸ™‚

  6. You go girl!!! Sharing your dreams with those closest to you is a huge step! I wish you all the best of luck to you in fulfilling that dream… I wanna be the first with a signed copy of the finished product… just sayin’. πŸ™‚

    As far as one of my dreams… I’m quietly working on a website for my frames… Shhhh! πŸ˜‰

  7. You are a writer! Props to you for having that conversation with your friends. I still don’t know what I want to do with my life, so I completely admire and respect that you know you are a writer and are continuing taking steps toward that profession.

  8. I have the same hesitance when it comes to telling my friends/family that I want to be a published writer. I’m glad you were brave enough to have that conversation. πŸ™‚

  9. Well done. It’s a tough thing to do – if you don’t tell anyone what you want to do, then you can avoid really pushing yourself to do it. Now everyone’s on board, you can get the support to really push things forward. The next step will be meeting people for the first time and answering, ‘what do you do?’ with ‘I’m a writer’. You can do it!

  10. One thing I’ve learned (although I’m still not good at it) is that you cannot achieve your dreams or anything if you are not willing to speak them out loud. Nobody is going to walk up to you and hand you anything unless you make it known that you want it. I know this to be true, but yet I still struggle to do it myself. So, Yay Vicky for declaring it to the world. Let’s both stand up on a mountain top and declare our dreams to the universe. There is not shame in having a dream and perhaps failing, but there may be shame in having a dream and never trying.

  11. I am having that trouble…of course…there are writing friends who know my whole life story…concerning my craft and my hopes…but I do not tell people that I write…It is a shy or almost fear of being judged as a dreamer…a dreamer with no foundation…I know it is silly…but what can I do?

    1. Part of that comes from society. Seriously, it is like we cannot claim to be writer’s unless we have been paid for our work. But the only requirement to being a writer is that you write. I’ve been paid for a few things, but that doesn’t make me a writer. I’m writing now. Now I am a writer. It is as simple as that–yet it is the hardest thing to say out loud to the world.

  12. We all take our own path. It’s great that you’ve told your friends, they sound like a lovely source of support. Sometimes those are the things that we need most in life to find our own success. You’ll make your way in your own way. We’re all rooting for you here too.

  13. Something I’ve said to myself which has really prompted me to explore my priorities is this: “When I am on death’s bed, will I regret that I didn’t pursue this or that, or will I wish I had mopped the floor one more time or washed dishes that day…or stayed another year at the job I didn’t love…or with the man who wasn’t right.”

    I might wish I’d hugged my kids one more time, and I try to make sure I do that as often as they’ll allow, but I’m also writing earnestly again. And the dishes stay in the sink longer than they used to πŸ˜‰

  14. Hmmm, I have dreams of writing too, and it’s scary to admit to people. But at the same time, sometimes other people knowing your dream helps bring about motivation! So I’m trying to not be so hesitant about it. πŸ™‚

  15. It’s so easy to get cynical and jaded as we get older, I’ve still stubbornly held on to my dreams. So I applaud you for doing the same. It’s like that quote from “The Last Lecture” – The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough.

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