As this is going to be a month dedicated to blogging every day and reading and commenting on as many blogs as I can, ambition seemed to be a good word to kick off day one of the Blogging from A - Z April Challenge
This April I'll be talking about various aspects of my forthcoming novel, When Skies Are Grey. Several themes run through the novel and, I didn't notice it until a few drafts in, but ambition is one of them.
Ambition is normally associated with major achievement and used to describe our aims, goals and aspirations in terms of our careers or jobs. But to some extent, and be they great or small, we all have ambitions.
I would say that each of the main characters are driven by ambition; from jazz loving Terry Collins to jazz playing Eddie Keane.
Terry, the owner of The Pelican, is a jazz fanatic whose only ambition was to build a stage in his pub and have a jazz band play there.
But in literature, ambition can have more serious and darker connotations. Think Macbeth. No-one from When Skies Are Grey, will actually resort to murder. This is by no means a spoiler. But for one of my characters it is a warning that ambition, if it is the only thing that matters to you, can be destructive and can turn you into a person you never intended to be.
For the character I have in mind, there was nothing I could do to save them from their fate. But this person did learn a big lesson by the end of the novel, when we see how their ambition had detrimental effects on the people they loved.
[My ambition right now: to survive the A-Z Challenge. Day One and I'm hanging in there!]