It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. ~Seneca
Or- to put it another way – what would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? Go skydiving? Become a doctor? Take up ballroom dancing or acting…hockey or figure skating?
What’s your wildest writing dream? Penning the biggest blockbuster since The DaVinci Code? or winning the Pulitzer Prize for a finely crafted work of fiction? And what’s stopping you from going after it?
Sitting in my bottom desk drawer are the manuscripts of two short novels completed for NaNoWriMo in 2006 and 2007. In my more generous moments, I think of them as rather good stories. More often, I think of all the revision and shaping they would require and am overwhelmed at the difficulty of that task.
So difficult, the task of revising a novel. Where does one even begin?
Much too difficult, really.
I don’t dare.
Yes, sitting here in my comfortable chair is safe and easy. But how often has it happened that, once ventured, much is gained. Where do I find the courage to open that drawer and make a start? What might happen if I did?
Many questions to consider, many dreams to ponder.
Can you make yours come true?
I dare you to try.