This great “Seven Sentence” story was sent in to by R.G. Ryan out of Las Vegas. RG is an amazing writer and you can check out more of his stuff at R.G.Ryan
He sits there day after day in an office cubicle looking for all the world like one of the characters from a Dilbert comic strip…the only difference is, their lives are funny, and Duane’s is anything but.
He typically wears nondescript clothing stretched tightly over a body that has seen way too many double cheeseburgers; his face unremarkable save for the uncommonly sad eyes that peer in stuporous boredom through comically thick glasses.
Sometimes during the long, often sleepless hours of the night he allows his mind to roam freely across the landscape of the life he dreams of living—a best-selling novelist writing stories of passion and power.
But then the morning comes and with it the cold reality that dreams…are just that.
I’ve met many people just like Duane who have snuffed out the last, flickering embers of their dreams believing with a desolate conviction that there is no use in clinging to that which can never be.
Desperation is a relentless gray stalker, following us down the days, intent on sapping the last vestiges of hope from our souls and thereby turning destinies into a sad caricature of what might have been.
One songwriter has said, “If wishes were horses then dreamers would ride,” and this brief blog post is a call for dreamers to saddle up, because nothing beats despair like a well-envisioned dream and the one who walks steadfastly, unwaveringly toward its realization.
I am becoming morbidly averse to the frequency with which the word “conversation” is being used.
Yesterday somewhere in South Central, Los Angeles I am sure a young teenager was probably sent to the principles office for a “conversation” after bringing a firearm to school.
The trouble with “conversation” is that it is so overused, that the word is now broken and it needs to go away for a while before coming back. Conversation now means an overtly inane and self-important discussion where all parties pretend to have no agenda, it has now become a discussion without conflict or absolutes.
Conversation originally designed to enhance relationships is fast becoming a vehicle (method) for avoiding emotional conflict and is hence becoming detrimental. Are we pretending to listen and engage and then patting ourselves on the back for doing so?
Let’s get together for an argument instead.
Imagine a thing… go on do it…
But what sort of “a thing… is it an object, an event, a relationship or an invention?
The questions just keep on rolling… and because we continue to ask them, the wheels of our imagination remain firmly stuck on the logical left side of our brain.
So often we come to the creative process with a subconscious agenda, some fixed notion of what it means to be creative, or some peculiar idea about having to get things RIGHT.
But everything we are about to do is imaginary,it is not right or wrong; “a moral imaginary world” doesn’t exist because it is all make believe… so RELAX and TRUST… the time for censorship is LATER.
Your life is like a blank canvas, an unwritten song, an empty blog or a white blank page; you can create WHATEVER with the space that you’ve been given.
The desire to get it right is…WAGING A WAR… against our CREATIVE FREEDOM.
The Monthly Round Up:
What an incredible month for Seven Sentences… more and more artists, bloggers, dreamers and believers are coming to our site and finding home…
In April Alone:
4800 Plus Page Views – 200% growth!
45 New Face-Book Fans- NEW FACE-BOOK PAGE HERE
56 Comments from Readers
75 Email Subscribers – SUBSCRIBE HERE
An exciting new opportunity for you to express yourself and GUEST BLOG (Click here). Already a large number of readers have submitted blogs. So exciting to read your words “rather” than mine.
Here is a list of April’s Top Seven Posts:
- If you are a person full of ideas copping a lot of criticism read … Famous Wrong Predictions. 1593 people read this blog last month.
- Don’t worry about stumbling and doubting the path before you just read… Stumble & Dream.
- Discover why money will never make you happy while you are… Sitting on the Fat Camel.
- Is love good for your creativity…Stealing Ink from your Pen.
- Creativity and love sleep in the same bed… Creativity & love.
- Write your own 7-Sentences & become a guest blogger… Guest Blog.
- How the homeless guy at the end of the off-ramp could save your life… An Unholy Story.
Exciting times in May with the launch of a brand new site “SevenSentences.com” and a brand new logo. Stay tuned and spread the seven sentence feeling.
After much debate I have decided to open up Seven Sentences to others who may wish to Guest Blog on our site. Can you do it?
I would love to have your voice on our site, make it more like a chorus than a solo…
Click here SEVEN SENTENCE GUEST BLOGGERS to view the guidelines and criteria…
We need your voice, your seven sentences of creative truth, your journey because our voices are louder together than they are separate. Check out the guidelines… again it’s SEVEN SENTENCE GUEST BLOGGERS and PAUSE for a moment…
Can you do it?
I am writing a new screenplay at the moment, it’s an action piece, a post apocalyptic western set in a world much different from ours. As I create, rather find the characters, I am struck by the notion that for the most part our lives are very ordinary… But each of us are searching for that one glorious moment where we are truly ourselves, when we transcend and do something that is simply extraordinary.
These glorious moments are the focal points of all our dramatic narratives… the magnificent moments which inspire and move others to dream and imagine.
A person or a character probably only has 3 or 4 of these moments in their life, the rest of the time it is the “ordinary,” the hard slog, the monotonous, the searching, the failing, the finding, the losing… Each a part of the shaping and preparing for that one glorious moment.
No character lives in that glorious moment for ever… not this side of eternity anyway.
Continuing from yesterday… if your dream has died, do not despair for it will be reborn; what you dreamed once you can dream again. I say again do not despair.
For we see so little of our dream, we understand only the tiniest portion of our own story, we see only the tiny thread of a great narrative that is being woven throughout all of time. Perhaps your dream had to die to germinate. Perhaps you believed it to be about one thing but it is/was about so much more!
Our dreams don’t exist in isolation, they are not woven and spun by the magic in our own minds, they are (I believe) planted inside of us by the hand of God himself.
The tomb was empty on Easter Sunday morning, what was forever lost was suddenly an miraculously forever found… do not despair… ask for another dream.
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Don’t you hate it, when a “precious dream” dies. Even though the most optimistic, positive people have to face the fact that “our lives” are filled with passing unfulfilled, incomplete dreams. Dreams that never took flight, dreams that never lived, dreams that died before their time.
Your dream could be a piece of art, your dream could be a career, it could be a marriage, a child or a friend. This world is not perfect, we don’t always get what we want.
If your dream has died a lonely death, if your dream is slipping out of your tightly clenched hands… grieve my friends grieve… Don’t deny the pain of what was lost, but don’t stay wallowing in your pain forever either.
Nearly two thousand years ago, the christian story tells us that a dream was utterly destroyed on a Friday… and on the Saturday, the dreamers wept and struggled with despair… but the next day the tomb was empty and the dream was reborn… in a form more magnificent than they could ever have imagined.
Thinking too much early in the creative process will kill your project. The trouble for me is that I don’t realize that I’m “over thinking” I just slowly fall back into the habit.
If you want to create something truly unique you can’t allow yourself to be rationale in the genesis of your creation; you have to be wild and free. I am discovering that the type of questions we ask ourselves are vital to this process…
Any question that pulls on your doubt or skepticism needs to be eliminated, or they will undermine your creativity and leave you paralyzed. Remember “creation” is primarily an act of love, so anything that comes against “your love” needs to be defeated, suppressed or ignored.
Perfect love casts out all fear… so get yourself out of the way, simply LOVE what you are creating.