Awake & Dreaming

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.
- Thomas Edward Lawrence (of Arabia)

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a writer. And, not just a writer who pens works in the quiet places of life and lets them gather dust. I have wanted to be published, to make a difference, and to make an impact.

What I am realizing, though, is that I am doing little to make those dreams a reality in my life. Do I set aside enough time to write? No. Have I made it a priority lately? No. Is the passion still there? Yes. Do I know I have a story to tell? Yes. Then why am I not doing anything about it? I don't know.

A friend once recently told me that she knew the talent was there, i just needed to be more deliberate about making the TIME in the middle of my crazy life to actually sit down and write, even if it's only for five minutes a day. As easy as it would be to just pass that off and forget about it, she's right. It has to start somewhere. And, it starts tonight!

I just found a writing contest that is due July 16 that I am going to enter. It's a children's book and it's exciting and I'm excited. I'll let you know how it goes!


  1. Go for it! I'd love to see what you come up with. I'm excited for you!

  2. Anonymous1:02 AM

    Go for it, Em! You are such a talented writer. I know you can do great things with your writing. Let me know how the contest turns out!

  3. Emily, I'm in the same boat. So often I have started a story, only to quit after the first chapter, or worse yet, the first page. I actually wrote a complete short story for a class once, but despite encouragement to get it published, I never pursued it.

    I long to be a great writer. I long to follow in the footsteps of C. S. Lewis, Madeline L'Engle, and the great J. R. R. Tolkien. Yet, I don't make time to organize my writing. I don't make it a priority to sit down and finish what I start. You are setting a wonderful example.

    I let myself believe the lie that once I finish my English degree, I will be able to write. The truth is that I could start writing now, yet I don't.

    You've inspired me. I don't know how it will turn out, but I am inspired to finish tweaking that short story for publication.

    Thank you.

  4. you go, girl. I can't wait to see what He has planned for you!

  5. Girl, I'm seeing yet another way where our hearts align... Remind me to tell you about the Chocolate Cake Club the next we chat. The 3C-Bloomington chapter is about to take off!