More than a dream

I often say that people should set short time achievable goals and crazy long term dreams. The thing is, we live in a world of small steps. Even though we don’t like to admit it, even though we often choose to search for a shortcut, progress is an extremely slow process. Excruciatingly so at times.

So it’s understandable that this year I set out to write. That’s the most important thing a writer can do. Then, I wanted to sell a few books. Not a precise number… I just wanted to sell a few books. Self-publishers know how difficult it is to sell just one copy of your book. Not ten, not a thousand, just one.

This year, just like last year, the goal was simple: don’t give up. No matter what, don’t give up. Not with my writing, not with this blog.

And that’s another important rule of being… anything, actually. You have to finish stuff. You have to keep going, even when you feel like standing still. Because no one else is willing to do the work for you.

Write, don’t give up, have fun, be patient. No matter what.

Because even if you set yourself certain milestones, even if you have destination in mind, you can only reach it by going on step at a time. There’s no other way.

If you a dream, fight for it, because no one else is willing to do that for you.

Believe me when I say that I want for my writing to mean something to folks. I want to make readers cry, laugh, fall in and out of love with my characters. I want for my words to change the world someday. That’s the ideal, the crazy dream, that thing no one can grant you; something you can’t buy.

I first started writing ten years ago, without really knowing what I was getting myself into. I knew that I needed to acquire the right tools.

It took a long, long time to do that.

A lot of time.

And, yes, at times I’ve lost faith, I’ve lost confidence. It happens. Knowing what you want to do, who you want to become, does not save you from fear. Because at times you’ll be terrified at the prospect of never becoming the person you set out to become.

There are few things more painful than the agony of self-doubt.

But, in a way, I’ve always known that everything is going to be okay, because a lot of people believe in me. Their confidence gives me strength, their trust gives me courage. Yeah, I know, it’s a cheesy thing to say. But it’s true. The idea that you can spend all your life trusting and relying on no one but yourself is a lie. We’re social beings. We need others. We can’t spend all our lives fighting a war with everyone else.


35 thoughts on “More than a dream

  1. This is very motivating! Thank you. I’m having so much trouble with just finishing things at the moment. I’ve had half a novel sat above my desk in old notebooks all term but it’s really hard to prioritize! Maybe this year it will be finished…?

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  2. I have felt the same when I first started writing. I thought about getting down this writing adventure. I do like to write. I’m not that great at structure but a few people told me to keep writing if that is what you enjoy. Some people like car, others snowmobiles, or horses. What ever your hobby is do not care about what other people think. Your story was very inspiring. Thanks


  3. Christian becomes an inspiration to many plus me, and so encouraging, and patient in what he is doing.
    That alone will make the readers follow what will be his next post, and eager to read what is in his mind ..put into words…as herein. Your aspirations will lead you a great success, keep on.


  4. Hi Cristian,
    thank you for your inspirational words!
    Do not give up on your dreams. Just have faith and go forward without hesitating.
    I also want to thank you for mentioning me, although it was just a small contribution. But this shows us that no matter how small our own contribution might seem, if many small contributions come together they can change the world.


  5. This inspires me, especially since I just started a blog. It’s especially true that you have to fight for your dream, “because no one else is willing to do that for you.” Our confidence has to be internal, while our work is external. Thank you!


  6. You know how one little, tiny drop of dish-washing liquid can instantly clear a pan full of greasy, cloudy water? That’s what this blog post just did for me – it was a drop of clarity in my greasy, cloudy pool of self-doubt. Thank you for thinking it, writing it and sharing it.


  7. Well said. Don’t give up, maybe the most important and at times challenging goal of them all – and the most worth while. Keep writing, people are reading and being inspired :)


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