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Tuesday, April 5, 2011


 Today is the day for a serious pep talk. The letter D stands for Don't STOP Believing!

Sometimes, I get so bogged down with trying to get published that I doubt myself and my writing ability. Who can relate?  Most of you, I'm sure. For the past couple weeks in my class, I have been talking to students about the seven habits of happy kids.  Habit one is BE PROACTIVE, habit two is BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND, and habit three is PUT FIRST THINGS FIRST. This week, I realized I wasn't putting into practice what I've been telling them in regards to my own writing. So, I'm going to make this pledge:

I, Melissa Dean, will write every day and learn tips to write smarter. I will be true to my characters and give them a voice, and I won't ever stop believing in my dream of being published. I'm a writer and I can do it!

So, who's with me? I printed this pledge and every time I doubt myself or my writing, I will read this pledge and get back on track. And to hammer the point home, enjoy this video. Kurt Schneider had a dream to make music videos, so he asked his childhood friend, Sam Tsui (who wanted to be a singer) if he wanted to make a music video. Sam said yes and an unbelieveable partnership was born. Kurt started filming Sam singing covers and mash-ups, duplicating Sam to match the five and six part harmonies of the songs.  They believed in their dreams of singing and making videos. Now, they are the most watched videos on YouTube. 
We can help each other realize our dreams if we don't stop believing!


  1. Thanks for this. I've been really down on myself the last couple of days and have been tempted to just walk away from it, that there's no way I'll ever be good enough.

  2. Hey Melissa,
    I'm with you!

  3. What a grest, inspirational post!! Found you from the A-Z Challenge, I’m now following you on GFC and I hope you have a chance to check out my blog!

  4. Love it! I could watch this video a million times. I'm with you.

    I believe in you--yours is the only entry from the Catch me if you can blogfest that I still remember--I see greatness for you!

  5. Thanks so much for saying that Heidi! Made my day. I feel like writing some more now!!

  6. I'm with you, girl. I doubt myself all the time and then I get blocks and I just can't seem to think straight and I wonder why I'm doing this. I am pasting the pledge to my laptop - TONIGHT!

    Thanks. :)