If You Believe In Something, Then Go After It With All Your Heart.

The journey from the East End of Long Island, across Canada, up the Alaska Highway, into Anchorage and back again.

The journey from the East End of Long Island, across Canada, up the Alaska Highway, into Anchorage and back again.

SO this is it…the journey of 10,230 miles begins with a single step.

The Mom Who Took Off On Her Motorcycle will motivate and inspire you to do something you’ve always dreamed of doing. The Mom is taking off on February 19!

Get out a piece of paper and write down what you want to do. Don’t show anyone the list. It’s yours just to contemplate. Then think of what you can do today to get there.

To be a hero of our own life means we have to take action. Imagine a book where the hero just sits around thinking about what he wants to do but never tries to do it…Would you read a book like that?

Would you write a book like that? But if you do want to write something, here are a few tools to remember:

1. Follow the suggestion of the writer in the movie, “Finding Forrester.” Pick a writer you like, read a sentence and then start writing from the end of that sentence. Here’s one I just made up off the top of my head: I have lived in this town my whole life, but this morning…

Now, take that baton and start running with it. Write for 30 minutes. Just write.

2. Stephen King says to omit adverbs. Who knows? J.K. Rowling uses them liberally. The point is that there are no strict rules. Go with what feels comfortable for you.

3. You have to train. Writing is like running. You have to put in the miles. Write as if you’re practicing writing. It isn’t going to be perfect. It will never be perfect. Keep going.

4. Show don’t tell. Your character is wicked? You don’t have to tell the reader–show that through his actions and words.

5. Listen and observe. Follow conversations and listen how they meander. Listen to how people speak.

6. Get a notebook and carry it around. Jot down everything.

Just to make you feel better: I left for my motorcycle trip on June 21, 2009. It took me two drafts with my literary agent, another draft with one editor and then the final draft with the next editor. It took me more than three years of writing and re-writing to come up with a book that I am very proud of. I almost gave up when my literary agent couldn’t sell it. But I kept at it because I know it’s a good story filled with spiritual insights, love, adventure and inspiration.

Whatever you do is important because you’re giving up part of your life to do it. If you believe in something, then go after it with all your heart.

This is the bridge in the Yukon that I was petrified to cross...But we have to do the thing we're scared to do.

This is the bridge in the Yukon that I was petrified to cross…But we have to do the thing we’re scared to do.

About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.
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6 Responses to If You Believe In Something, Then Go After It With All Your Heart.

  1. You continue to inspire me, Diana!
    Two more days an counting for your newest book.
    Yay! 🙂

  2. The fear of crossing the bridge is a perfect example, Diana. You lived what you’ve written, and the lessons are genuine. If you hadn’t crossed the bridge…if you hadn’t done the rewrites…if you had given up when the agent gave up… But you met every challenge, and now you have a strong, inspiring book that you can be very proud of, and we can be very grateful that you didn’t give up.
    Thanks for the book, for the tools you shared, and for the inspiration.

    • dianabletter says:

      Thank you, Marylin. Your words mean so much to me! I hope you can leave a review on amazon.com! I appreciate your support and encouragement. I love reading your blog and getting inspiration from you, too!

  3. Marlys says:

    I am curious to find out what blog platform you have been utilizing?
    I’m having some minor security problems with my latest website and I’d likle to find something more risk-free.
    Do you have any solutions?

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