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My boyfriend tells me all the time how proud he is of me for never giving up on my big dreams, even when I reach my lowest points. He insists it’s not because he’s my boyfriend and he loves me, but that it’s the truth.
I’m inclined to believe him, but it doesn’t seem like such a huge deal to me.
I’m not being cocky, I swear. It’s just that I can’t, physically and mentally cannot give up on my dream to someday become a novelist. And not just a regularly successful novelist, either, but a famous household name.
I’m sixteen years into the dream and still don’t have an agent, but that isn’t stopping me. Because writing is not something I can ever give up on. It’s part of me. It’s an outlet and a mode of transportation.
If I could not sit down at a word processor and create people and places and plot lines, my life would not have meaning. I’m not being dramatic. I’ve went without writing before and I entered the worst depression of my life.
Writing gives me a real reason to live, a way to order my life and explore new realms that I either cannot or will not experience in my reality. It lets me live out all of my “what if” scenarios that would be too damaging or impractical to execute in my every day life.
This year, I made a pledge to myself to become published traditionally through a reputable literary agent. I began a Twitter and an Instagram solely for this purpose. I returned to WordPress and swore to myself that I would regularly update my blog.
This year, everyone, I will build a platform and write my most inventive novel yet. Follow me on my journey and support this long cherished dream by reading my blog and interacting with me.
To everyone out there who’s still hopeful about their own dreams, chase them. Don’t stop no matter how tiring or fruitless your efforts may seem. No matter how slow your progress, it’s progress just the same.
You will do great things.