Being Chased by the Dream

My lifelong dream (aside from the few years that I turned aside to think of becoming an astronaut or marine biologist) has been in pursuit of a full-time writing career as a novelist.  Lately it seems that the dream has turned and is now pursuing me.

Does that mean I’ve caught it?  No. It means that now I’m being stalked. That when I try to spend a Saturday afternoon reading or at the library, the pressure to write leaves me feeling guilty.  When I go for more than a day or two without writing, the pressure builds.  The need to finish this book and that book and a short story to submit to Ellery Queen and soon I’m in a jumble of ideas all struggling to be out and done RIGHT NOW, which of course never happens because writing a novel is a long distance endeavor and must be met daily a little bit at a time.

Today I feel chased.  I’ve written 4 pages, but it isn’t enough.  I really need to be done.  However, I have 30,000 words to go, so I suppose I’d better be patient.


About jeanetteraleigh

Jeanette Raleigh is an artist and author who has spent most of her life at some creative pursuit. Whether painting a castle or writing a novel, Jeanette enjoys the playful aspects of creation and strives to make worlds where others feel at home. You can find her works of art and information about her fiction at
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