I'm here to tell you that you can.
I'm not saying that I know everything there is to know about writing or dreams. I don't. In fact, I know very little, but... well, I know that if you set yourself to something, then you can accomplish it.
It won't be handed to you on a silver platter with a sprig of parsley on the side. You'll get tired, and you'll want to give up. You'll wonder why you even thought you could do something worthwhile. It can get grisly.
But you can do it.
I know because I did.
Sometimes, I'm not even sure how exactly I finished a book. I remember getting stressed out and I remember thinking it was terrible. I especially remember when my sister bluntly told me it was boring and I made myself go back and fix it (thank you to that sister) Then I recall that feeling after I typed that last word, and that made everything worth it.
So. I've got a few tips from me to you.
1) Make yourself write even when you aren't inspired.
Because honestly you'll spend most of your time yelling for your muse to come back. So stop yelling for her to trudge back over and say "I can totally do this without you." Why? 'Cause you can. All you have to do is sit down and type.
2) Try and write a page a day.
Yes. Just one little page a day. You know why? Because once you get started, you'll have a hard time stopping. In fact, it may very well get to the point where you're writing an entire chapter a day which seriously speeds along the time you spend writing that book of yours.
3) Don't let the critics get you down.
There will be people who think you can't do what you dream of doing. There will be people who completely ignore the fact that you accomplished something big, and it's not because they think you did a bad job. It's because they wish that they could do something like that too. People are weird like that. When they see someone else trying to get their life rolling, they feel intimated by that. By you.
And it's sad.
So for those of you who feel that way? This article is for you too because when you wish you could do something, that makes you a dreamer.
4) Realize it's you who has to do this, and not anyone else
Seriously. YOU have to do this. YOU have to do the work. It's YOUR dream. Now go out there and get it.
Until next time!