Dreamers and Doers

I have always been a dreamer.  When I was a child, I had wild fantasies about all kinds of things.  As a young teen, I had a sleeping dream that stuck with me and I fantasized about being an alien from another planet in another solar system.  (Yeah, I know, kinda weird, but hey–why not? Writers do have vivid imaginations, after all.)

Dreamers have billions of ideas to choose from and think about.  Down through the ages, daring inventions were preceded by dreams. Everyday normal people have all kinds of dreams.  I taught middle school for many years and saw many student dreamers.  Some dreamed of being famous sport stars, or music stars.  Some dreamed of becoming doctors or lawyers.

What do you dream about?  Is it being someone other than who you now are?  Is it doing something you now don’t know how to do?

Some would say that there are two kinds of people: dreamers and doers.  What?  Why can’t we be both?

First we dream.  Then we build the foundation with reality to make the dream come true.  Do you dream of being an accomplished musician?  Then you practice your instrument.  Do you dream of being a sports figure?  Then you practice your sport.  Do you dream of being a writer?  Then you practice your writing.  Don’t plan on writing your first book and making a million dollars from it.  Write another one.  Then another one.  You are building your foundation for successful dreaming.
Be a dreamer, then be a doer. Go for it!

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About Sue

From the time, as a young girl, when Sue read the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, she was hooked on fantasy. She loves to read fiction and write within many genres, but she always winds up going back to fantasy. For years she has had fantasy stories spinning around in her head and now that she is retired from many years of teaching, she is putting those stories into book form. She has many interests, including quilting and playing the mountain dulcimer, but writing is the most satisfying of all. Sue lives in the great state of Maine with her husband of 38 years. She has been a factory worker, a waitress, a librarian, and a teacher. Her biggest job was being a mother and she has three grown children. Now that she is a grandmother, she is enjoying that role immensely.

Posted on October 1, 2012, in about writing, Authors - Sue Santore and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hey Sue, what a great topic. But perhaps judging from my most recent title, I’m not an unbiased judge…
    Certainly we have to distinguish between “dream” in the sense of fond imagining and then a dream that comes in sleep. The first kind I agree with you, can serve as a foundation for a better life. My childhood dream did not come true- I wanted to be the starting running back for the NY Giants, but my body stopped far short of the size needed for that! I settle for watching them loyally.
    On the other hand, my night-time dreams were not much help. The best one was a series where I fight a dragon from a perch up high: in a tree, or on a building, and once in a bi-plane! Those were a bit scary but mainly quite exhilarating dreams: there was always a moment before the beast broke free from hiding (such as in a church, and he would shatter the roof as he emerged). I recall the tremendous excitement I felt, waiting for him to appear.
    It’s going to sound trite, but I do feel that I’ve always sought that excitement in my so-called real life. And the fight never finished before I woke up.

  2. Thanks for the comment, Will.

    I’ve had bits and pieces of nighttime dreams wind up in my plots with a little modification, but the dreams I like best are the ones I make myself. 🙂

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