Amazing Kids! Magazine

Chasing the Writing Dream

By Salma Danuningrat, Writing Tips Editor


I am a kid with a dream.

A lot of people ask me – my relatives, my parent’s friends, my friends, “Salma, what do you want to be when you grow up?” I know the answer, I know what I’m going to answer before they even finish the sentence, but for some reason, I hesitate. I always do.

I look at the ground; sometimes mumble a little before I finally whisper, “I want to be a writer.”

I am a writer with a dream. I am scared of having that dream.

My heart tells me to be a writer. My brain tells me to drop it.

Why? Because I’ve realized that there are so many risks to being a writer. There’s the risk of not being able to make a living, of not being able to support a family. There’s not being able to sell yourself and all the money you’ve invested in this dream flies out the window. There’s the fear of disappointing yourself and others, there’s worrying whether people will let you down, telling us you can’t succeed in life by writing about things that don’t even exist. Telling us to get our head out of the clouds.

Becoming a writer, especially a fiction writer, is a very uncommon job for a kid to dream about in my country of Indonesia. Becoming a fiction writer in the English language is out of the question.

Why dream about something that has so many risks and might not even work out?

Because it’s what I love doing.

Over the past year I’ve grown so much as a writer, and in the process discovered a lot about myself. I’ve learned that what’s special about having a dream is that no matter how many bad things that come threatening to destroy that dream, you still hold on to it. The more you believe in it, the stronger it gets.

Don’t think about what could go wrong, keep believing and keep working to reach your goal. That’s what I’ve learned. There will always be a way, all you have to do is keep working hard and don’t stop what you’re doing. Having a dream requires patience. You won’t reach your goals instantly, but if you keep practicing and doing what you love, you’re on your way to achieving great things. Sometimes you’ll have to adjust your sails to the wind a little, but you must always keep moving forward. If you truly love what you’re doing, go on ahead with it, don’t let anyone or anything stand in your way. If you want to be a doctor, engineer, actor, hairstylist, go for it. Chase your dreams – and don’t ever, ever stop.

One comment

  1. Odessa Goldberg /

    I feel the same way. I know there are so many risks to being an author, but I love writing so much!!!