I think there are dreams that stay dreams and dreams that can become reality, and both kinds of dreams are worth dreaming. The first kind can get you through your day, and the second kind can guide your life.
If you’re looking to change your life, the trick is to realize which dreams are actually goals—things you want to and can achieve. And then remember that dreams come true usually not by the wand of a fairy godmother, but through concentrated hard work.
For me, writing books was once a far-off dream, but it became a goal when I realized that nothing was actually stopping me. And it became a dream come true after I learned and took the steps that worked for me to finish a book.
Now, little dreams of books pop up in my brain all the time. Some will stay ideas. Some, I will pursue until they become realities.
All books begin in dreamland. And so do lots of other good things.
Liz Gallagher is the author of The Opposite of Invisible (Wendy Lamb Books, January 2008) and a forthcoming companion novel. She is a graduate of the Vermont College MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults, where she got to study under literary rockstars. As Seattle HOST for readergirlz (www.readergirlz.com), Liz documents the excitement of local teen book events for a nation-wide audience. Visit her at www.lizgallagher.com.