Jun 10, 2010


by Susan G. Haws

We ask children: What do you want to be when you grow up? The answers at five: ballerina or astronaut, become dentist, pilot, or engineer by high school graduation. Even though our dreams change as we mature, we still dream.

What could be more encouraging to our own aspirations than to cheer on the next big entertainer or star chef? TV talent contests are popular shows not only for singers, and dancers, but also for, cooks, models, and interior designers. So whether your goal is to lose weight, or make people laugh there is a show to help you achieve your ambition.

Susan Boyle became a worldwide sensation not only because of her beautiful voice but also, because her duck-to-swan true story gave everyone hope. Even those of us over 40 that have started crossing childhood dreams off our mental lists.

So what does American Idol have to do with writing? The performer leaves his/her heart on the stage with music. As writers we type our souls on the page. Readers must identify with the dreams, insecurities and obstacles of our characters. It all comes down to dreams. Our characters’, the reader’s , the writer’s and the wishes for everyone to have a happy ending.


  1. I think the world would be a lot happier if we didn't force ourselves to give up our dreams. Because it is fulfilling our dreams that brings us true joy.

  2. I always wanted to be a stodgy old college professor in a room filled with half open ancient texts discovering some new concept of the movement of people...I guess with a Hollywood set, I could still make that happen.

  3. Nice post. Yes, I feel as if the middle character in "faith, hope, and charity" gets short shrift. We can't do much of anything without first having hope or a dream.

  4. I grew up with a mentality that I had to be told what I could or couldn't do, even though well meaning teachers always said we could do whatever our hearts desired. I marveled as I matured at what I could do outside of the box I grew up in--writing music, writing novels, travel. It is all part of finding out who we are inside and what God wants of us--of becoming who we were created to be.

  5. I recognize myself in all your comments. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

  6. Beautiful post, Susan. My dreams become more important to me the older I get.


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