All in Chasing the Dream

 This is a continuation of a short story that I began writing a few months ago. Some who read it insisted that I finish the tale, and so I have set about on the task to do so. Just so you know, this story is officially completed, though it is not posted here yet. There will be a part 3 (and possibly 4 depending on how I break it up), I just have to slog through the (admittedly minimal) editing process that I typically employ. So, never fear, within the next week or two you will have the complete story.

I hope you enjoy. For reference, here is a link to Part 1 of the story. It will help to provide context to what happens here.

Click through to read the continuation of the story.

How to Become Good at LITERALLY Anything

No, I am serious. You could be good at anything. 

Ok fine, I can see your argument, and it is valid. Perhaps "literally" is not correct, since some things are just outside the reach of reality. BUT LET'S NOT NITPICK OK?

What I really wanted to say is that there is a method to becoming good at whatever strikes your fancy. Maybe you want to be good at playing guitar, or writing, or playing disc golf (these are all, of course, examples from my own life, but feel free to insert your own). Well, first you have to decide what it is that you want to pursue, then you can run down my handy-dandy cheat sheet for excellence.

This is NOT About Writer's Block

I’m pretty sure that staring at a blank page is unhealthy, yet I have been doing just that for some time now. Sometimes inspiration, an idea, even a fleeting thought is there, and sometimes it is not. That's not really my problem, though. If anything I have too many ideas, too many thoughts, too much going on in my head to be able to sort it out and start getting things down on paper.

What do I do in this situation? Well, the first step is always to admit that I have a problem. Check.

I think that the time has come for me to read my novel. I wrote it during NaNoWriMo (That stands for National Novel Writing Month) last year. Basically what happened was I wrote a 50,000 word story in 30 days. A little crazy, yes, but I now have a full novel in draft form. So, after letting it breathe for a few months I finally feel like I can give it a good, honest read over. Before you ask, the only person other than me that is allowed to see the draft is my wife, and she has already read it. If I think it is worthy of pursuing, I will revise, edit, and revise until I think it is ready for others to read. You may be wondering why I have not been employing this tactic with my serialized story. In that case, I am trusting you, as the reader, to give me a little leeway on my minimal editing and possible (and indeed likely) plot-holes. That being said, I still think it will end up being a pretty cool story if you can stick with me as I slog through it.

Have you ever felt like you were stuck in a rut? Have you ever felt like you do the same thing every day? Do you feel that way now? There come times in our lives when we realize that perhaps the life we are living is not exactly what we had in mind. Maybe you thought that you would be somewhere else by now. Maybe you are tired of going to the same old job that is not fulfilling, just to be able to afford that house/car/lifestyle that you don't really even enjoy.