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.