Don't Be Afraid to Tweak Your Dreams

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Someone once told me that when it comes to choosing whether or not to do something, time will pass whether you do it or not, In other words, when debating whether or not to follow a dream, time will pass whether you go after what you want or whether you don't.

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I confess, I didn’t start my writing career with romance. I wanted to be a screenwriter, so I moved to Hollywood, learned the craft of writing screenplays, and dove headfirst into the film business. Time and life passed while I chased my dream. I gathered up a lot of great experiences, however, I fell a little short of reaching my goal of seeing my name on the big screen.

As a result, there came a day when I had to admit that perhaps, just maybe, it was time to change course. I still wanted to write, but maybe screenwriting wasn’t the right genre for me. I started examining my interests and thinking about what the next step in my writing career would be. I loved romance and I loved history, so maybe I could write a historical romance. I’d read romance for many years, but I was sixteen the last time I thought about actually writing one. Back then, I’d even checked out a library book on how to write romance. What I thought a sixteen year old could bring to a story, I’m not sure, but I give myself kudos for trying. Now, I needed to try again.

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It wasn’t easy changing course because, in many ways, it meant starting from the beginning. Thanks to my screenwriting background, I knew a great deal about the craft of writing, but not as it applied to narrative. During the first drafts of my first novel, Lady's Wager, I struggled with moving characters through scenes, description, and even the proper use of speech tags. I hadn’t discovered RWA yet, so I stumbled through these early, self-taught lessons with the help of some brutally honest critique partners. Once I did discover RWA, I began to learn the business of writing romance and found new ways to hone my skills as a novelist. Like the pursuit of my screenwriting dream, it took time and effort to learn the craft and business, but unlike screenwriting, I began to see success. With each accomplishment, I gained more confidence and the encouragement to keep going. 

Making the change wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. I now have nine published novels and a handful of published novellas under my belt. I didn’t give up on my dream to write, I just changed it. If you’re thinking of tweaking your dreams, I encourage you to do it. Don’t let fear of the unknown or going back to the beginning stop you. After all, what do you have to lose?

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12 comments:

Gayl Wright said...

I hear you. Sometimes we realize our dreams do need to be tweaked a little. I'm glad you listened to your desire of changing to write novels. It sounds like you've found your niche. :) Blessings to you! I'm visiting from #LMMLinkup!

Keri Roberts said...

I'm glad you didn't give up on your dreams of writing. What a difference a little change can make!! Congratulations on your novels and novellas!! That's a wonderful accomplishment! Thanks for sharing with us at Sweet Inspiration!

Corinne Rodrigues said...

Sometimes it's hard to let go of dreams, but seeing things from a different perspective and making those changes can make such a difference. Thank you for sharing your experience.
Your books seem so exciting - I love historical romances. Off to check out your website.

Mary Hill said...

I hope to be published one day too. You give me hope. Thanks for linking up with us at the #LMMLinkup.

Reidland Family said...

Great advice! If we live long enough, I think we will need to tweet many of our dreams and goals. And just as He did in your case, God doesn't waste those earlier efforts. The Bible says, "Man plans his way, but God orders his steps." Blessings to you. I'm visiting today from #LMMLinkup.

Ewa Samples said...

It takes courage to change / tweak your dreams. I think it's a great thing to adjust as you go, and to be able to admit that some of the things we had planned for us just don't work anymore, and it's time to change them.

Meredith said...

That's such great advice! I always thought I'd write novels, but instead I've found some (minor) success with writing nonfiction and personal essays. You never know where opportunities will take you! Thanks for sharing at the Manic Mondays blog hop!

Raising Samuels said...

Congratulations on your books, and thank you for sharing this encouragement! So glad to see you link up with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week :)

Rachel Newcomb said...

I find that often our original plans take a course different than what we expected in the beginning. With each new day, it's a chance to refine and find just the right dream and purpose. Thanks for sharing at Mom-to-Mom Mondays.

Betsy @ Happily Ever After, Etc. said...

Sometimes it's hard to see the forest through the trees... keep working towards the big picture! It's so exciting to see that you pushed through the hard times to achieve your goal! Many people never get that far! Thanks for linking up with us at last weeks Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party... I can't wait to see what you link up with us tomorrow! The party will be open at 7am CST!

Gaye Christmus said...

Hi Georgie - Thanks for this great reminder. Sometimes we just need to adjust our dreams a bit, without giving up on them. Thanks so much for sharing with the Let's Get Real party. This will be my featured post at this week's party.

Mrs. Friedl said...

Thank you for sharing! I feel I am in the midst of what you went through. #HomeMattersParty