Writing: Reality Versus Imaginary World



Ever have times when you prefer to stay in a world of your own creation?

Or, find it difficult to distinguish from what’s real and what’s not?

I’m battling this at the moment.

Does this mean I’m mentally ill or insane?

Will writing these imaginary worlds down help me get back to MY reality?

Being artists, are we hopeless causes?



Drunk On Writing?



The infamous quote by the great Ray Bradbury:

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”


What the heck does this even mean?

What about you?  What do you think he meant when he said this?

I Beg To Differ: Dream versus Goal

We all have dreams, right?  So, what is the difference between having dreams and making them come true?

Let’s go consult a dictionary shall we?

Dream: “a condition or achievement that is longed for; an aspiration.”

Goal: “the object towards which an endeavor is directed; an end.”

So therefore, Dream tends to be passive while Goal is all about action.


In other words, you can dream big and you can dream small; heck, you can dream all day and all night long if you want but (yes, there is a but here), if you want to make a particular dream come true, you need to put it into action.   You need to set a goal, a directive, have a game plan on how to turn that dream into reality.

“Dreams can inspire you, but goals can change your life.”

Do you have a dream that inspires you?  Then let it guide you.  Motivate you.  Drive you until it becomes a reality.




Dreams and Reality

How realistic is it to dream big as a writer?  What if you want to sell a million copies of your book or have a big-time producer interested in your script?  In a world where there seems to be more writers than readers, how is this realistic?

What do you do?  Should you give up on those dreams, or just dream smaller?

Everyone need their dreams no matter how unrealistic they are.   To shun them is like death to the artist within you; it would only invite misery and at times even chaos.

So, screw it.  Go ahead, dream big or dream small.   The game-changer?  You need to act on those dreams.  They won’t happen by themselves.  It takes work; lots of it.  It won’t be easy.  The path to success won’t be straight.  The key to all is to never give up.  It may take a year. Heck, it may even take ten years!  Just keep plugging at it no matter what.

“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.”-Mary Manin Morrissey

“Life is never easy for those who dream.”-Robert James Walker

Drunk On Writing

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.  ~Ray Bradbury

This will be my new inspirational quote especially after the kind of month I had in July.   Writing as well as my good friend, Muse, have been my constant and true companions during these dark days as they have always been in the past.  I love having the ability to withdraw into the imaginary worlds which dwell in my mind, as well as being able to lose myself completely and utterly whenever I take up a pen.   So, when I read this particular quote this evening, it just rang loud and true to me.

Yes, I intend to remain perpetually drunk on writing so that I’m able to weather the storms of life!