If you’re like me, you probably sometimes sit and think about how nice it would be to wake up, have a cup of coffee or tea while you gather your writerly (don’t bother getting the dictionary…I made the word up. I think it has a nice ring to it though so I added it to my Grammarly dictionary) thoughts while looking out the window of your well and perfectly appointed author’s office. You then open your laptop and begin to type your greatest masterpiece yet…the words flying effortlessly from your fingertips. No time clocks. No bosses. No rush hour. Just your peaceful office, your laptop, and you. It’s a wonderful daydream in which to get lost but daydreams only get you so far. You can’t daydream that masterpiece onto your computer screen. You have to actually sit down and write it. True, these types of daydreams keep us motivated but we tend to get lost in the end product and don’t quite get to the actual building of it. An architect can show you a mock-up of your dream house with detailed floor plans and even a 3D model but until they lay the foundation, put up the walls, slap on a roof, etc…, you can’t live in that house. It’s just an idea. A concept. The same is true with your writing. Sure, a little daydreaming is a good motivator but it’s the writing that builds the reality about which you’re daydreaming. Get started on your foundation and go from there.
” Those that dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” ~ Edgar Allen Poe