Last time I wrote about setting reasonable goals for yourself. That advice still holds. But this time, let’s talk about your wishes. It’s important for a writer to dream about what could be. After all, that imagination is why you became a writer in the first place.
Perhaps you dream about one day being a NY Times bestseller. Good dream. Bad goal. You have no control over that, so you don’t want to make it a New Year’s resolution. But that doesn’t mean you can’t sit there and plan out your speech for the award you’ll win or daydream about other exciting topics.
The trick is to not let that hoping and wishing overtake your hard work. Don’t think that just by dreaming it, you’ll achieve it. That’s not how it works. That’s not how anything works.
It’s good to have dreams, hopes, and wishes, but make your goals achievable and work your ass off until you make them happen. Don’t expect the world on a silver platter.
Now go get back to work!
Skye became the black sheep of her university’s literature department when she announced that what she really wanted to do for her senior thesis, instead of writing a thought-provoking essay on the deeper meanings of James Joyce, was to write a romance novel. They gave in, however, and the rest is history. As a result, Skye learned more than she ever thought possible about the inner workings of the publishing industry and off and on, given her schedule, pursued publication of both her senior thesis and other novels she’s written along the way.
Skye has many names and almost as many personalities to go with them. As Melinda Skye, she writes Romantic Suspense, Urban Fantasy, and Young Adult. As Skye Forbes, she may (or may not) have saved the world a few times over. In her real life, under another different name, Skye is a lawyer. And yes, if you ask nicely, she might help keep you out of jail. Or put you in it. It depends on her mood.
Skye lives in California, with her husband, brand new daughter, and menagerie of animals.