This is the second assignment in my series about the Writing Memoirs Email Course I’m currently taking. You can read about my first assignment, Living Authentically, here. If you’re interested in classes like this (both free and ones with a fee), stop by Writing Bliss and look at Shery’s list of courses.
The Second Assignment
* What do you hope for in the future? Is your hope vague? Do you feel that your dreams have much substance? Why, or why not?
I’ve wanted to be a published writer since I was about nine years old. I received a lot of encouragement from my mom, but no one else has ever cared very much about this as a plausible way for me to make a living. If it wasn’t for the praise, support, and assistance my mom provided through the years I was in school, I think I would have given up on this dream long ago.
Here I am, almost on the threshold of being a ‘senior citizen’, and I still haven’t had anything but two short articles published; and that was many years ago. Still, I’m not ready to give up yet.
* What is your most important dream? What makes it so important to you?
Again, my dream is to be a published writer. Sure, because of those two articles published in the newsletters handed out by The March of Dimes, I can call myself published, but my dream is more substantial than that. I want to be one of the regular writers at a magazine. Which one, you ask? Writing for Red Book or Family Circle would be nice, although I also wouldn’t mind a magazine that is more in the world of literature either.
It’s important to me because I truly believe the things my mom said to me when I was young. She praised me on my creativity and my quirky style. With her being exceptionally good in English when she was in school, she was pleased about how I took to the rules of grammar and spelling. She told me that I was a natural and all I needed was to keep on writing. Seeing that I believe all of this, how can it not be important?
* What needs to happen to bring your dream about? What will you need to do to help you along the way? For instance, you might dream of owning your home outright in twenty years. What will need to happen in ten years? How about five years, or fifteen years?
All I need to make my dream come alive is to write some short stories and articles worth publishing in a major magazine. The one thing that I think would help me achieve this is some help in finding some magazines that are more willing to publish works by ‘new writers’. Also, I think finding a mentor who is willing to keep in contact with me would help me tremendously with self-motivation and self-esteem.
I’m not so sure the word, hope, is the best to describe what I think is needed to follow through on goals and/or dreams. I’m thinking that the word, reliance would be better, or maybe the word, credence. What are your thoughts on this lesson?