by Loie Dunn
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
My Mum gave me a birthday card with the above quote. I turned 18 and was one month away from travelling to Toronto to pursue my university degree. It also felt like a new adventure.
Part of my motivation in choosing Toronto was to grow as a writer. I wanted to experience new things and grow as a person. I knew it would be stretching and uncomfortable. That final year of high school, I had moved to a new town with my Mum and started a new school. I knew that was preparation for what was next.
In Toronto, I kept writing, but university kept me busy. I also struggled a lot with anxiety and found it difficult to focus on writing. However, my time there was special. I met new people from different walks of life, experienced my first (and many to come) all-nighter, was given the opportunity to go on a six-month exchange to Nottingham, England that changed my life, and then took my final course in psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Life experience has a funny way of showing up in your writing. Whether it’s a snippet of dialogue you overheard, a castle that reminds you of a craggy one you visited in Scotland, emotional experiences you’ve journeyed through, and the list can go on.
Life inspires and encourages your writing.
When you are seeking publication, it is easy to get caught up wondering when you’ll find an agent, then an editor at a publishing house, then you ask the question: "How are the books going to sell," etc.
It’s a journey, not a race.
Enjoy yourself and take your time to write the best book in you. Remember why you began writing in the first place. I write because I love to daydream and imagine new worlds. It brings me joy. I feel safe and alive and free. Oddly enough, it energizes me and in between bouts of writing I get up and do some housework then sit back down and continue on. I wake up, excited to start the day, wondering what will happen in my WIP.
Don’t forget to dream, friends. What are you working on right now? Do you have any other dreams? Let me know in the comments.
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First five pages of EVREN: http://www.1st5pageswritingworkshop.com/2018/03/1st-5-pages-march-workshop-dunn-rev-2.html
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