Today is LLC Friday and I am pleased to host Lara Schiffbauer, the newest member of the Life List Club. Visit me at David Walker's Blog where, in an open letter, I make a modest proposal for traditional publishers. But first, please join me in welcoming Lara.
Discipline, Planning and Work. Eeew…
Our imagination gives birth to our dreams. It allows us to re-experience our past, and decide the direction of our future.
Not only that, but our imagination works the same way when we write. It allows us to call upon our past experiences and weave them into alternate realities also known as stories. It lets us conceptualize how others may be feeling in any given situation, or what sensory experiences we might have in situations we have never experienced.
As writers, we really like that imagination stuff. There is a creative rush in stringing our experiences on paper, knitting them together with ink, and ending up with a new individual in a new world that could only have come from the recesses of our minds.
It is easy to get stuck in the daydreaming part of ourselves, talking the talk. It’s the fun part.
The unfortunate truth is that if we don’t walk the walk, we aren’t going to go anywhere with reaching our dreams.
That is where discipline, planning and work come into play.
Goal setting is a part of planning. It is taking a look at the dream (where we want to go) and coming up with a series of steps to get there. Goal setting is moving our dreams from the left side of our brain into the right side.
After we set goals, though, we still have to see them through. We have to have self-discipline.
My experience with self-discipline is rather iffy. I married a man who was incredibly disciplined. I hoped it would wear off on me. Discipline by osmosis.
The reality is that, apparently, chaos is a stronger force than discipline. The poor guy was doomed from the day we got married, and I didn't have an easy fix. I had to learn to monitor myself, and hold myself accountable to meeting my goals and finishing my projects. My husband had to go to self-discipline rehab.
Yes, it is work. It isn’t always fun and sometimes includes sacrifice. But, if we want to give our dreams their best chance at becoming reality, it is work worth doing.
What has been your experience with moving your dreams from the left side of your brain to the right side? Is it easy to make that switch, or difficult?
Lara Schiffbauer writes contemporary fantasy and general fiction, and has been lucky enough to see some of her short stories published. By day she works as a school social worker in an elementary school and at night juggles writing, playing with her two adorable little boys, and doing everything else that has to get done in a day. You can find her blogging at motivationforcreation, or tweeting at @LASbauer.