“Looking five years down the road — to the middle of 2024 — tell us where you WISH your writing career would be. And then (if you’re able) tell us where you actually EXPECT it to be… unless those are the same.”
Wow, does ANYONE’S wishes about ANYTHING meet their expectations? OK, I know a few lucky ducks, but they have been few and far between. Considering all of the people that I have known, the percentage is extremely low.
When I first decided that I wanted to write a book, (which soon became a series of three), they were on practical matters, with true stories in between. When the idea first came to mind and I started putting it down, I expected BIG THINGS to come of it…and I was going onto a milestone, so I wanted to “get out there”, fast. Little did I know that there is no place for someone new ‘out there’ to publish anything on food, entertaining or any practical advice, (including pets). You have to have a ‘name’, even if that name has absolutely nothing at all to do with whatever you care to write about. Publishers feel that the public has to know you, say from Animal Planet or The Food Network. It can even be The Weather Channel, ESPN, The Travel Channel, movies or a hit sitcom; no real knowledge or expertise needed, just a little experience…a very little, and a NAME.
So, once that idea was crushed and family problems took over, I found myself writing articles and poetry, some of which were published, with and without compensation. Only then, and after I had given up on them as a kid, did fiction stories come to me, (some of which are based on reality).
I decided to go all-in, because the milestone passed and another was looming.
Now I have hit even another milestone; I’d better get on it because too many dreams have died around me. I saw too many family members and friends take too many plans and dreams to the Next World.
So, let’s dream: I wish to be pumping out all kinds of written works and immediately have them published. I’d like to get at least sone of them produced into a movie, or into a stage play and then into a movie. It would also be nice to be monetarily rewarded very handsomely for said work.
I’d like to think that I could come up with more full-length novels than I have been able to dream up so far. I’d like to have cleared–up situations so that I can feel that I can put the effort I need to into my works.
I’d like to have my short stories readily grabbed and have ’em clamoring for more.
I’d love to have my children’s stories out there, maybe have them become classics, (at least one or two).
I’d like to think that I could travel and speak, but not HAVE to.
Expectations: Have a novel or two published by a small press and maybe a few stories that will get accepted. I’m going to polish and get the kids’ stories out there as well. I plan on being more determined, because, frankly with my health, I can’t see having a whole lot more time, (if I make it to the five year mark).
It would be nice to actually see a bit more money for some of the work; anything at all. It’s been a while, if only for validation.
But who knows? Anyway, I’d like to enjoy seeing myself in print more and justify my being here.
It will be interesting to see what happens with all of us in the next few years.