Defining Your Dream

You can’t achieve your dreams if you haven’t identified them–really identified them.

At last Saturday’s GSRWA meeting we closed our eyes and thought about what our writing dream is.  Deeper than perhaps being a NYT best-selling author.  What would that status really mean to you?  That your name is known?  Is is money, fame?

My dream is to allow the ordinary woman (write what you know is common advice) to realize she is special in some way, that she is unique, she matters and can make a difference.  This means creating identifiable, approachable characters; getting their emotions and struggles on the page, and into readers’ hearts and minds.  Not easy, but meaningful to me.

I love reading cozy mysteries where the heroine solves the crime or the mystery using her own skills and knowledge, however humble.  I can’t identify with a heroine who carries a badge, was homecoming queen,  has a PhD, or supernatural powers.  I want my readers to know that they don’t need external validation or special gifts, but can use their hard-won abilities and courage to solve life’s problems.

But I love romance in a story, too, so why does my heroine need a man?  His help and support mean that she can start experiencing and rolling with life knowing someone has her back, is in her corner.  Being independent has kept her separated and sealed off, unable to really participate in life.  She needs to break out, not break up.  Opening herself lets in so much more, but to open she needs to trust.  Love to me is that man who has your back and cares that you achieve your dreams.

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