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【美文欣赏】The Shadowland of Dreams

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小编摘要:坚持把梦想付诸实践——即使这梦想意味着不稳定的生活和对失败的恐惧。这是希望的阴暗面,任何心存梦想的人都必须学会在这阴暗面下生存。




The Shadowland of Dreams

Many a young person tells me he wants to be a writer. 
I always encourage such people, 
but I also explain that there’ a big difference 
between “being a writer” and writing. 
In most cases these individuals are dreaming of wealth and fame, 
not the long hours alone at the typewriter. 
 “You’ve got to want to write,” 
I say to them, “not want to be a writer.” 
The reality is that writing is a lonely, private and poor-paying affair. 
For every writer kissed by fortune, 
there are thousands more whose longing is never requited. 
Even those who succeed often know long periods of neglect and poverty. 
I did. 
When I left a 20-year career in the Coast Guard to become a freelance writer, 
I had no prospects at all. 
What I did have was a friend with whom I’d grown up in Henning, Tennessee. 
George found me my home — 
a cleaned-out storage room in the Greenwich Village apartment building 
where he worked as superintendent
It didn’t even matter that it was cold and had no bathroom. 
Immediately I bought a used manual typewriter and felt like a genuine writer. 
After a year or so, however, 
I still hadn’t received a break and began to doubt myself. 
It was so hard to sell a story that I barely made enough to eat. 
But I knew I wanted to write. 
I had dreamed about it for years. 
I wasn’t going to be one of those people who die wondering, 
 “What if?” I would keep putting my dream to the test — 
even though it meant living with uncertainty and fear of failure. 
This is the Shadowland of hope, 
and anyone with a dream must learn to live there.

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2011-05-23 15:52 编辑:juliatt
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