For fun this week, I asked my writing group if they would share their big dreams.

Big dreams are not ‘goals’ exactly. We were not discussing our one-year plans or deadlines that we are working towards over the next few months.

Instead, we shared our wild, crazy fantasies about our futures as writers. These are the dreams about the mobs of adoring fans lining up at book signings, or making the best seller list five times in a row, or writing in our million-dollar mansions on the beach.

So often, we spend our time concentrating on what is wrong in our work. We analyse it, tear it apart and re-create it. If that’s not good enough, then we do it all over again. This is why I love my big dreams. They’re wild and perhaps unobtainable but they are fun and give me a feeling of freedom.

You’ve probably heard not to start writing novels for fame and money. This is absolutely true but it doesn’t mean that you should abandon your writing fantasies completely. Keep them safe in your imagination or laugh about them with good friends. Some days, these wild, crazy fantasies will be the only thing pushing you through another line edit or another draft of your manuscript.

So work hard but dream big. You never know what the future might bring you. If you have never shared your big dreams with anyone, do it now. I promise it will lighten your day.


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