4/4/11

Fly


Today I'm participating in a blog hop called The Courage to Fly, put together by Stephey Baker at Marked by the Muse. There are lots of great posts by people musing about creativity, art, inspiration, dreaming and courage!  If like me you like to meet fellow dreamers and thinkers, go check it out!

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If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it. - Toni Morrison

Why do I dream of being a writer?  That part is easy.  Don't we all dream of something?  I've always loved stories and books and what I love filled my dreams.

But for all my dreams of being a writer, most of my life I've been a dabbler.  Journals full of scrap phrases and shiny words, awkward doodles and poetry.  Half-finished short stories.  Poems published in high school and college journals and handed out to friends in homemade booklets.  A painful first attempt at a novel more than a decade ago.

I thought, perhaps this writer thing would always only ever be a dream, and it was becoming a faded one at that, like the old quilts made by my great-aunts from flour sacks, the colors faded in the sun.

But then, the dream came again.  And this time with urgency.  Was I braver than before?  Yes.  More determined? Yes.  But why? More than anything, what I wanted was to bring my story to life.

It started one night, watching an old movie.  It was simple. I had an image.  Two lovers in the snow, dancing around the truth between them.  And I wanted to make it real.  To make it into something I could see and others could see. Since then there have been other images, other inspirations and bolts from the blue and I've followed them down the twisty paths as they beckoned me.

What made the difference between dreaming of being a writer, and actually becoming one?  I think the moment came when I listened to that voice inside me, the creative stirring, and finally answered it instead of turned it away.

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Please go visit my fellow Courage to Fly blog hopper today at: http://bonesigharts.blogspot.com/2011/03/stepheys-blog-hop.html

12 comments:

  1. It's about time we all said more ... yeses to ourselves than NO's ...

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  2. hey, blog hop partner! nice post! so glad you listened to that voice inside!
    i just linked you over on my post. so we're officially hooked up! :)

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  3. I think the difference between being a writer and dreaming of being one is action. Best of luck to you as you move forward!

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  4. I think (having had a little bit of this issue before, although in a different way -- I always wrote, but I didn't put my words out there), that this moment is the perfect moment to go ahead and leap. And it sounds like you have, which is AWESOME! Congrats!

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  5. It's great that you're listening to your inner You and follow your dreams! Wishing you all the best!

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  6. Yeah, seems the biggest difference between those who wish to do anything and those who do it is action. And why is the action piece the most difficult piece??? :)

    Thanks for this post!
    Kristen

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  7. I just wanted to say thank you for your lovely comment on my blog last week. Your words were so sweet and exactly what I needed to hear at that moment. I can not tell you how much I appreciated it and how much you made me smile on a day when I was struggling to do so.

    So your words are my inspiration and courage this week.

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  8. I too want to write.. I want to be heard. I want to be recognized as the awesome and amazing person I am... one day, one day. xo loved reading this xo hugs

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  9. Sounds like all you did before was great to prepare you for being inspired and going forward with your dream in that moment knowing.. Good for you!

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  10. Your words are so inspiring! Take action... Dream it, love it, live it! Very powerful, thank you for sharing.

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  11. Thanks everyone for reflecting all your inspiration, creativity and courage back at me!

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  12. Good luck with your dream. :)

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