Here’s a snippet from the first blog: Writers Dream of Writing
Duke Ellington said, “A dream is a goal with a finish line.”
When a dream is a goal, that goal is attainable after effort over a span of time—a year, three years, five years (which is the reason most business plans are five-year plans). The goal will have mid-term benchmarks based on short-term strategies.
When a dream is a fantasy, it plays and tinkers and feeds the ego. The long-term goal may look attainable, but whole elements of it are dependent on outside forces. Luck is an outside force. The best young player may never have a scout consider their potential. Backing from the music publisher can be a roll of the dice. It’s expensive to have an air-brush makeup artist trailing behind you 24/7.
Writing is a massive goal. Definitely long-term.
People fantasize about ideal lives all the time. Ideal is not real. It’s pretty to look at, especially when we’re slogging through the muck of daily life.
Goals with their long-term project and benchmarks and strategies, those sound boring. Makes the dream sound like a job.
Making a living writing, though ~ That sounds like a dream.
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