2018年英语四级美文:The Shadowland of Dreams

来源:233网校 2018年7月3日

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  The Shadowland of Dreams

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  Many a young person tells me he wants to be a writer.

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  I always encourage such people,

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  but I also explain that there’ a big difference

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  between “being a writer” and writing.

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  In most cases these individuals are dreaming of wealth and fame,

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  not the long hours alone at the typewriter.

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  “You’ve got to want to write,”

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  I say to them, “not want to be a writer.”

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  The reality is that writing is a lonely, private and poor-paying affair.

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  For every writer kissed by fortune,

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  there are thousands more whose longing is never requited.

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  Even those who succeed often know long periods of neglect and poverty.

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  I did.

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  When I left a 20-year career in the Coast Guard to become a freelance writer,

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  I had no prospects at all.

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  What I did have was a friend with whom I’d grown up in Henning, Tennessee.

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  George found me my home —

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  a cleaned-out storage room in the Greenwich Village apartment building

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  where he worked as superintendent.

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  It didn’t even matter that it was cold and had no bathroom.

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  Immediately I bought a used manual typewriter and felt like a genuine writer.

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  After a year or so, however,

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  I still hadn’t received a break and began to doubt myself.

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  It was so hard to sell a story that I barely made enough to eat.

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  But I knew I wanted to write.

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  I had dreamed about it for years.

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  I wasn’t going to be one of those people who die wondering,

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  “What if?” I would keep putting my dream to the test —

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  even though it meant living with uncertainty and fear of failure.

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  This is the Shadowland of hope,

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  and anyone with a dream must learn to live there.


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