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January 02, 2012


Whitney -

What a great post and perfectly timely as a new year thought starter. For as long as I can remember I've always wanted to write a book - the romance and gravity of seeing your title and name on the cover of a book is one of the most awe-inspiring things, in my opinion. But like you, I've always batted around hundreds of ideas. My document folder is littered with starts and stops and fades.

The thing about a dream like this is that it is so beautiful and perfect in its abstraction, but actually going about making it reality is much tougher than writing up a concrete initiative plan or analyzing sales trends.

This post sheds light on concrete steps and advice one can take in making a dream like this come to fruition. Thanks for taking the time to document and share.


That darn Laurel, she has got a way, doesn't she?

So excited for the new book!!!

So, so proud of you. And so glad you are writing about this!

I shared your post with my writing group who formed after the Writers of Young Adult Fiction last spring in Salt Lake City. We have a monthly prompt we respond to and many have dreams of having books published. This blog post was instructive. Thanks Whitney. I look forward to reading the book.

Congrats! Can't wait to read it.

Thanks for sharing that...very interesting! Love the look, and can't wait for the read.

So glad you wrote this post, Whitney. It's fascinating to see what you are learning and experiencing while you are in the middle of the process.

You offer great advice! Your post is really helpful for anyone who is thinking of writing a book or who is in the process.

I can't wait to read Dare.Dream.Do Such an important book!

Thanks for sharing the process - though process while in the act isn't terribly fun, it is crucial to accomplishing anything. Learning about how you made your dream a reality is really instructive. Congrats!

Thank you so much for writing about this - it's a process of creation, of invention and of innovation and from the heart - i'm anxious to read it (and get you to sign it!)

Good going Whitney! Thanks for choosing to share the process in near-real-time. I look forward to reading the series in the coming weeks.

A book that I have really enjoyed reading is "If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit" by Brenda Ueland. I see that many of your blog posts are written in the same vein. Wonderful!

I think you just illustrated the difference between a dream and goal! Something I will be curious to see if present in your book.

Thank you very much for this post. I am working on a children's book series idea and this gave me the kick start to start the project plan, not just the idealism.

Congratulations Whitney! Very exciting.

Fabulous news - can't wait! And I'm glad you wrote about writing. I'd love to hear even more of what went into this book.

Exciting, Whitney! Thanks for sharing. I've been working with my staff on achievement of goals lately. There's a phrase we keep using, "A goal without a plan is just a wish." It's clear you didn't just wish to create a book.

I'm so excited for you, Whitney! Interesting timing with this post. Christina has a fun idea for something she's nearly done writing and she wants to publish. I told her to email you and see what you had to say.
Also, I have to say I love the cover of your book. It's completely appealing and inviting. What a great book to discuss with friends. Cannot wait to read it :)

THANK YOU for all of your wonderful well-wishes. Rebecca - please tell Christina to e-mail me. Why not publish here?

Lois -- I don't know that I do specifically differentiate between goal and dream -- other than I see goals as steppingstones to a dream, more tactical,the dream, more a vision. Glad this gave you some ideas.

And Bonnie - delighted that this post was helpful for your author's group.

Thank you again.


Congratulations! I am glad to hear you got this started blogging, one of the thoughts that drove me to start a blog as well. Thanks for showing the way!

Whitney -

I'm beginning the book writing journey...thanks for sharing your insights about the process!

Fantastic news! Can't wait to read it. Congratulations!

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  • When I took a sabbatical from Wall Street to pursue a different dream and help others live theirs, I learned that women in the U.S. may be placated, even pampered, but because we aren't dreaming, we are also desperate and depressed. Drawing on a variety of sources, ranging from academic studies to pop culture, dare to dream encourages us to dream. And then to act on our dreams.


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