Dreams. We all have them, but some are shallower than others. Hey, I’ve been trying to lose weight since high school. I always imagined what it would feel like to have the perfect figure. I’m still imagining. Someone will carve on my gravestone: She Never Lost Those Ten Pounds. Some dreams, though, are deeper and go to the heart of who we are.
The arts have always drawn me. When I was a teen I wanted to be an actress. In my twenties I longed to take the music world by storm. During my thirties I thought I might paint a picture that would hang beside the great masters. They were all great dreams, and I gave each of them a shot. I took acting lessons and joined the school drama club. I lived in Dublin, Ireland for a few years where a friend and I earned money by singing in pubs and hotel lounges. When I came home from Ireland I took art lessons. No, I never made it to Hollywood or recorded anything or painted even one great picture. But each dream was a journey, and the journey was its own reward.
Then I decided I wanted to write romances. Yes, this time I dreamed about hitting the major lists while millions read my books. I imagined my stories on the big screen. Did I really believe those things would happen? Probably not. But the dream that they could happen drove me to keep going when years passed and the rejections kept coming.
We need dreams. They are the launching pad for action. I could have told myself that publication didn’t matter, that I was writing my stories just for myself. I would have been a liar. I wrote stories so that others could read them. Without the dream that real people would read my books, I probably would have given up.
But dreams without action accomplish nothing. I wrote for over ten years before I sold my first book. I was still teaching at the time, so I would crawl out of bed at 3:00 a.m. and write until it was time to get ready for work. Does that make me someone with in incredible work ethic? No. It simply means that my dream was alive. Dreams are relentless taskmasters.
Dream big, because those dreams will have to sustain you through the tough times. Besides, it doesn’t take any more energy to dream big than it does to dream small. As Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said, “If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”
Do I still have dreams? Absolutely. I don’t think I’ll ever stop. I still imagine what it would be like to walk into a movie theater and see my story on the screen. I still want that blockbuster novel that will sit at the top of the lists for months. Will they happen? Who knows? But I’ll keep working my dreams. I’ll use them to drive me to my computer each day so that I can write the best book I have in me. And someday, maybe…
So what about you? What are your dreams? How are you working to make them real? And if you don’t have any dreams lined up, get moving.
Nina Bangs is busy working her dream with the latest book in her Castle of Dark Dreams series—WICKED MEMORIES.
Return to the Castle of Dark Dreams where USA Today bestselling author Nina Bangs lures readers into a world of pleasure, adventure, and revenge…
Thorn Mackenzie was a young Viking when he met Sparkle Stardust long ago. She used him and then abandoned him. Over a thousand years later, he has finally found a way to repay her. Using his power of persuasion, he assembles a team that can create the ultimate fantasies and illusions. They will work together in Nirvana, the amazing amusement park Thorn built right across the street from his competition, Sparkle’s Castle of Dark Dreams. Now the only way for Sparkle to fight back before Thorn bleeds her business dry is to hire a spy.
Kayla Stanley needs extra money, so she reluctantly agrees to do some sneaking and peeking for Sparkle. But as she gets closer to Thorn, she discovers they have a lot more in common than just a need to crush the competition and a willingness to fight dirty. As sexual tension between them builds, she finds it harder to see the gorgeous Viking as her enemy. But with an evil force working to destroy the city, will they survive long enough for her to help him overcome his wicked memories?
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