What? I’m the only one who likes making “business plans” for fun? You say I’m weird? (Hadn’t you picked up on that already?) O.o
I know this plan won’t happen. Family and friends are more important than my characters, and I do have a life other than staring at a computer monitor all day. Not to mention unforeseen life events and all that uncertain stuff about publishers actually accepting the work, etc. (Though some of the stuff, like my novellas, I’d definitely self-publish).
But if I did somehow wildly, weirdly, and miraculously stick to this plan of mine, I could publish about twenty novels/novellas in about ten years.
Even half that plan…ten novels/novellas in ten years…would be amazing.
It kind of shocked me, to be honest. When I started writing at age twelve, I had a ton of unrealistic expectations for my writing, but the one thing that never changed was my desire to get something published. When that happened in 2010, my goal switched to having something in actual print, a physical copy of my words I could hold in my hands, show people the cover with my name on it, and say, “I wrote this.”
Fall of 2012, when the Avenir Eclectia: Volume 1 anthology published, that dream was realized. I somehow expected my desire to be satisfied, to smile and say, “Well, I did it. Now I can slow down and not work quite so hard.”
Ha. I couldn’t kid myself for longer than a couple of weeks. I wasn’t satisfied. I had a few short stories in print…now I wanted a novel. A thick book I could hold out and say, “I wrote all of this.” I have a feeling that I’ll always be like that. As soon as one dream is accomplished, I’ll eagerly forge ahead to the next one.
The idea of looking ten years ahead and having nearly a dozen stories out that I (mostly) wrote myself is just as crazy and unfathomable as when I was twelve, madly typing up my first story on my behemoth of a computer, and daydreaming about the day that I’d be published. To think that I’m finally accomplishing what I’ve wanted to do for my entire life is amazing. I feel very blessed to be doing this.
What about you? Is there a goal or daydream that you strive toward in your writing? Or have you hit it?