What's your writing dream?
The responses came in fast and furious.
"Gina" said she'd love to write a short story anthology just for herself.
"Carolyn" thought it would be cool to finish the first draft of her novel.
"Mike" said he'd like to be published in an online magazine.
And so on and so on.
I read all their posts in surprise. I double and triple checked the instructor's question. And I totally felt like shouting (I didn't, but I wanted to, in whatever way you can shout on an internet board):
"Come on, people! She said writing DREAMS! Not goals. DREAMS! As in, FANTASIES! They don't have to be based in reality. They don't even have to make sense. Surely as writers we can DREAM bigger than this!"
I found my classmates' responses so underwhelming. I couldn't tell whether people were afraid to be honest, or whether it was really possible that nobody in this writing class had a really big writing dream. Of course we all want to finish our novels. Of course we'd all like to be published someday. That's why we took the class.
But she said writing dream. Which, in my opinion, refers to a level far beyond goals and reasonable expectations.
So here's what I posted:
"My dream would be to write a bunch of bestselling novels, one of which gets made into a movie starring Angelina Jolie. I want to be interviewed in Entertainment Weekly and I want Stephen King to talk about how much he loves my work in his monthly column. I want to be touted as having redefined the thriller genre and, after I'm dead, I want critics to have heated debates over who "the next Jennifer Hillier" will be."
Feeling a little giddy from allowing myself a moment to imagine the impossible coming true (because yes, I realized how completely over-the-top it sounded), I hit "post".
Finally, the instructor popped back in to check on the discussion and said, "This is what I was looking for, a really big dream! Good for you, Jennifer. Why not add winning back-to-back Pulitzers to that list? Because that's definitely mine!"
And I thought, Nah. I'm perfectly okay with just commercial success. <grin>
So what about you? What's YOUR writing dream? Let's hear it, and don't hold back!