Ann Baldwin, WA
Ann is a professional writer with over 30 years of experience, passionate about creative writing. She’s a published author and screenwriter. Her interviews have appeared in IndieWire, Script, MovieMaker, and Creative Screenwriting magazines. When she’s not writing, editing, or researching for her clients through her writing services, you can find her enjoying time with her animal companions, in the garden, taking Nature photographs, or cooking up delicious meals for her family and friends. She believes, when we share our stories, we are helping others along their journey in life.
As a StoryTerrace writer, Ann interviews customers and turns their life stories into books. Get to know her better by reading her autobiographical anecdote below.
The Power of Dreams
One afternoon, I was sitting by our pool writing while my father was cleaning and testing the pool water. He asked me, “What do you want to do after you graduate from high school?” It was my sophomore year, and I was feeling hopeful, optimistic, and excited about my future. I replied, “Well, you know I’ve always had a passion for the arts and I LOVE my creative writing class.” His response, “You don’t want to pursue the arts as a career, it’s too difficult to make it as an artist and there’s no money in it.”
I put my pen down on my notepad and felt as though all the wind was just sucked out of my sails. He continued, “Why don’t you become a teacher, I think you’d be an outstanding teacher and at least you could earn a decent living.” I slowly stood up, collected my notepad and pen, and clutched them tight against my chest. I dropped my head, quietly said, “We’ll see,” walked away, and entered the house. When I got to my bedroom and closed the door, I remember feeling sad, as if my bright future had just vanished before me.
What happened over the next two years, looking back on it now, was a true blessing in disguise. I remembered more of my sleeping dreams each morning and started writing them down in my dream journals. Before I completely woke up, I would lie in bed half-awake and half-asleep and write them out.
My dreams became more vivid and long, like a movie. I got to where I could replay my dreams in my mind and stop, rewind, pause, and fast-forward them like a DVD player, in order to go over every detail and jot them down.
My dreams were teaching me how to be an excellent writer and story-teller, by my observing every detail in my dreams, getting into the habit of writing every morning, and sharing them with family and friends.
During breakfast every day, my family and I would take turns sharing our dreams from that morning. Then, when I’d go to school, my friends and I would sit in a circle on the lawn and they’d listen intently to me as I shared my dreams and of course they were always in them, which made them a captive audience. They even gave me the nickname Dreamboat Annie, which I love.
While it took me 20 years to find the courage to pursue my dream of being a professional writer full time, I continued to write every day during that period. I also learned that my father received the same advice from his dad when he told him he wanted to be a writer. He finally wrote several books after being a teacher, principal, school superintendent, and public speaker on building self-esteem in children. I am now living my dream and couldn’t be happier.
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