I Dream of an Eagle

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Take Joy by Jane Yolen

Anthony Burgess once said that the dream seldom survives the first paragraph.

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And Edith Wharton, quoting an old French proverb, wrote, "I dream of an eagle, I give birth to a hummingbird."

All writing is about that gap—no, that chasm—between expectation and final product. A veritable Grand Canyon. It is the very thing that induces writer's block.

I say that we writers should just expect that disappointment, not be surprised by it. Expect it, sidestep it, move on.