“What’s your dream? What’s your dream? Eh, Mister! Eh! What’s your dream?”
Who can tell me what movie that line is from?
Well, any guesses?
A big bag of cyber chocolate goes those who knew it was from Pretty Woman:
I love that part of the movie. It’s hopeful. Enthusiastic. A sweet way to end the story. And it makes me wonder:
What’s my dream?
By now, you might have already made a list of New Years resolutions. Mine is usually finished by January 2nd, January 3rd, at the latest. It’s always an extensive whopper of a list, with rarely less than thirty goals that address every single aspect of my life ranging from writing to reading to exercising to housework, businesswork, wifework, momwork, and what I need to do to be a perfect person. And once I finish this list–by God–I will finally be able to call myself a successful, worthwhile person.
As I started my list for 2013, I thought about the challenges we faced last year. Gotta say, some of them were pretty rough and caused me to … no, correction … I allowed them to drain my spirit and kill my creativity. And every time I looked at my mostly unchecked list, I felt more and more like a failure.
This year, I decided to do something different.
I didn’t make a list. Not one. I just didn’t feel like it.
Does this mean I don’t have goals? No, I still want to do at least one writing exercise a week. And I plan on doing May Midgrade Madness again and 2013 will finally, FINALLY by the year I finish NaNoWriMo! Plus, I have three books to edit, a rough draft to write, and a project I’m doing with a friend. And as a bonus, I want to re-read every single book Joan Bauer has written because she’s awesome and Hope Was Here should be required reading. But that’s my business plan. My job, not resolutions. Instead, I’m going to concentrate on two things:
My theme and my dream.
My theme for this year–or focus word, if you will–is THRIVE. Not just survive, but THRIVE.
As for my dream, well … I want to be a writer.
Okay, you might be thinking, uh, Laura? Aren’t you a writer already?
Technically, yes, I am, at least that’s what my tax return says. But I haven’t felt like a writer for a long time. It’s become a chore for me, a “sit down, shut up, and finish this book, already, so you can help pay for your sons’ college!” I lost touch with my creative self, lost touch with inner artist, and mostly … I lost my love of writing.
Isn’t that a horrible thing to confess?
But it’s true. I haven’t for a while.
Now. About my dreams. When I think of my “dream” writing life, it doesn’t consist of me winning a Newbery, selling a twenty-book series for a bazillion dollars or hanging out with Libra Bray and Joan Bauer, although … duh … I wouldn’t exactly turn down the opportunity. (Call me, Joan!)
Instead, my dream for writing is simple: To always be engaged in story every single day through writing, editing, learning about writing, or reading. I want to wake in the morning, grab some coffee, and bury myself in my latest manuscript for at least a few hours before going back to the reality of my other jobs and never ending to-do list. I want to live art. Tap into my creative self. Visit museums. Learn how to crochet.
And who knows, a love of writing could one day lead me to that Newbery …
For now, however, Susan Mannix (my lovely co-blogger for those who are new here) and I are off to a good start by having our first ever writer’s retreat at my home. Well, it’s more like a self-imposed basement lockdown for me, but hey, couldn’t beat the hotel rates.
So now it’s time for me to ask …
What’s your dream? What’s your dream? Eh, SCBWI’ers! Eh! What’s your dream?
(Sorry. Couldn’t help it.)
But for those who are following along with my writing exercise goal, that’s your weekly assignment, for both writers and illustrators: To jot down your theme and dream for the year. Don’t you just love an easy one?
And as for me, well, I’m off to reward today’s writing by watching a movie about writers:
And may you all have a dreamy, wonder-filled 2013 with happy writing and drawing!