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The Spark

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

I started reading The Spark last night, and I have to say it has inspired me, not only on the weight loss front, but also on my other goals. Since I was a kid, I've had one dream, one goal: to write a novel. It's the thing my heart desires more than anything, the one thing I really need to accomplish before I die to make my life successful.

I know all this and always have. The thing is, every time I start to push toward that goal, I put up my own roadblocks to keep me from reaching it. When I was an undergrad, I started out as an education major, thinking I would teach and write, but as I got further in the program - and spent some time in a high school - I realized that really wasn't what I wanted to do. I switched my major to English so that I could just focus on writing, but my junior year, I got scared. Graduation was coming, and my bestseller wasn't even started, let alone ready to send off to publishers, so I switched my major to communications, an area that promised a job but also used my writing skills.

After college, I worked as a journalist. It wasn't the best paying job, but I was writing every day - and making money at it. I racked up a couple of awards for my work, but I still wasn't happy. I knew I wanted to write a novel; I'd even devised a game where we would turn our story topics into romance novel synopsises. So, I quit my job and headed to a creative writing graduate program.

For once, I was on track with my writing. I actually completed about four chapters of the novel I want to write and received good reviews from my peers on my work. It seemed like I actually might complete my goal.

But then it happened. That old fear crept up on me. I started teaching freshman courses and taking classes in teaching, and I liked it, and there was a promise of a greater possibility of a job at the end of my studies, and so I changed my concentration. And then, to make matters worse, I got a second job.

My life has been dominated by teaching and school work, and I have lost focus of my goal of writing a novel. But reading The Spark has made me realize I need to put this dream back into perspective. I need to visualize my goal, make a plan, and accomplish it.

So I'm writing it down right here. My long term goal is to finish my novel. My mid-term goal is to complete chapter five. My daily goal is to write for just ten minutes (Ten minutes a day! I spend more time than that deciding what to wear!)

I know I have a lot on my plate, but I can't make excuses if I really want to accomplish this, and I do. More than anything.

Thank you, Spark, for helping me to better my life. For helping me to regain focus. For helping me to realize it's okay to follow my dreams.
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    I downloaded The Spark to my Nook looking forward to reading it while I ride my bike. I totally understand how hard it is to focus and complete a goal. I'm on my fourth novel now and have ideas for two new five book series. Don't give up. Baby steps. See my SP page to check out my website.
    2417 days ago
    See, there was a reason you came back to us! You are gonna be one goal-reaching woman!
    2420 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/6/2011 5:10:55 PM
    emoticon Like with anything you should set attainable goals writing 10 min a day, and finishing writing chapter 5. This is what will help you reach one of your ultimate goals...writing a novel...a best seller! I excited for you! To have this talent and skill is a gift...use it lady, use it!!

    2420 days ago
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