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03/28/2013 09:15 am ET Updated May 28, 2013

Day 28: 31 Days of Daily Inspiration From Brilliant Women

Daily Inspiration: Day 28 of 31 Days

"Some people can look at a mud puddle and see an ocean of ships." -- Zora Neale Hurston (writer, 1891-1960)

It takes vision to be successful at anything. You need to be able to see beyond the limits of what you believe to be possible. I used to have virtually no imagination so immersed myself in fantasy and fairytales and stole those worlds -- snatches of Wonderland and Narnia -- to add sparkle to my own. When I started writing, my work was serious stuff, grounded in gritty reality, because I didn't dare do anything else. Scared I'd never do justice to oceans of ships, I focused on the mud puddles instead.

Gradually I developed courage, in writing and in life, and I started to see and describe fabulous and fantastical things. At first I was cautious, my fingers tentatively tapping around the subjects I strove to capture. Nowadays, having removed my reigns, I have the most magical time in worlds where houses are filled with hope and literary spirits give advice to the living. With each book the ocean of ships becomes brighter the mud puddles evaporate. Find the courage to look and you'll be amazed at what you'll see.

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