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I had a dream last night. I was at my office, sitting down to revise an old story I put away years ago.  It was an ordinary dream, except for the feeling. My office - normally windowless and lit by flickering fluorescence - was bright, and full of life. My boss was chipper as we chatted on our lunch break. She was talking to me about a promotion. My coworkers laughed and talked while they typed. 

And when I sat down to the story, it wasn’t the story that I started when I was sixteen. I mean, it was - but that story was something shameful to me, a failed project that received next-to-no interest from agents. This dream-story was fresh and full of potential. It needed time and a lot of work, but I was ready. I was hopeful.

I am a little bit of a mystic. I don’t have many dreams like this, but when I do, I pay attention. 

Writing has been hard lately. Life gets in the way of art, always; and when I find time write, all my words feel flat and cliche. But this morning, I woke up thinking, “Maybe I can do this. Maybe I still have a book inside me.” 

I don’t know if there’s any advice to accompany this story. You don’t have to believe in dreams or prophecy. You don’t have to be a mystic. But, please, do this for me: stay hopeful. Look for hope in unconventional places, in ridiculous places, in sunshine or your favorite cheese danish or a particularly shiny penny. There will never come a time in your life when hope is not an appropriate response. 

And whether you apply hope to your art or your life or your work, I think the result is the same. I think that everything touched by hope starts to look a little more - a very little more - like a good dream. 
Kristin Briana Otts

Kristin is an aspiring YA author with an abiding love for her dog, ghost hunter tv shows, and rainy days.

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  1. That was inspiring. Writing has been difficult for me as well lately. I have hope and will keep it. This hurdle is a high one, but I can get over and so can anyone else who has hope. I wish you the best in your writing. Keep listening to your dreams. They expose the parts of us that we are afraid to explore while we are conscious.

  2. I always need to hear this advice. Staying hopeful is the key to keep writing when it seems you can't. Thanks!


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