REMINDER: My second mystery/thriller book giveaway is open until February 20th.
I watched the film Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Donny Osmond for the first time this weekend. I saw a road performance of the stage play in Muncie, Indiana (a long time ago) and liked the music, but I'd never paid much attention to the title or lyrics of Joseph's signature song, "Any Dream Will Do."
For some reason, maybe because I'm always looking for a new blog topic, those words caught my attention yesterday, and I began making connections to goal-setting, reaching for the stars, and living the dream.
There are all kinds of rules for goal-setting if you're into rules. The goal should be attainable, for instance. If you can't carry a tune and you have a six-note voice range, aspiring to be an opera singer does not constitute an attainable goal.
Establishing what is an achievable goal for a writer, however, is not so easy. If your knowledge of grammar and punctuation is good, if you're a reader, and if you have an idea for a unique story, why shouldn't you aspire to The New York Times Bestseller List or the Pulitzer Prize for Literature? Who's to say you can't do it?
There's another song about dreams, of course. This one is from Man of La Mancha -- "The Impossible Dream."
Do you dream the big impossible dream, or do you choose realistic and attainable goals, taking joy in small accomplishments? I went for what seemed the big impossible dream: getting published. It took a long time, but it finally happened.
"Any Dream Will Do." Does that work for you? Or do you go for "The Impossible Dream"?