I know, I know. Most writer's don't earn enough to quit their day job, and if they do, it's still not big bucks.
Don't burst my bubble.
In all seriousness, I do have a few plans. Right now, I only bring in pocket money by babysitting one child. I'm looking to add another, but I still won't make that much. So when (and I say when because I'm feeling optimistic this morning. It WILL happen) I'm published, any money will be great.
My hope is that by the second book, I'll at least be bringing in a small paycheck. If I'm traditionally published, I know I won't get a big advance, if I get one at all. But since optimism is winning this morning, I'm sharing my big plan with you.
With my writing money, I'm going to build a four seasons room. Supposedly they cost between 5K and 10K, so that's a ways off. But I want to either build it off our deck with an entrance from there and our bedroom, or if I hit the big time, I'll tear out the old deck and have the four seasons room replace it, and then build a new deck on the other side of the house. That would be awesome.
Of course my four seasons room will be a writing haven. Lots of light, comfy seating, room for my hutch that I currently have no room for, and all around peace and quiet. There will be a few plants, some color. My writing desk and a bookshelf...
Can you see it? I can. It's going to happen. I'm going to will it so.
We all have dreams about our writing. Some of us do want to make big money, some just want to make extra. Others don't care about the money and just want the validation, to see our name in print. Some, like me, are a mix of the two. I want to share my writing with others and for them to enjoy it, but I'd like to see some profit as well.
Dreams are good. They help keep us motivated and give us something to work toward, especially on the days we want to hang it all up. You know what I'm talking about. Those days you wonder WTF you're doing wasting your time writing, you think you'll never be read, etc. Dreams help save us from those miseries. Your dream doesn't have to be materialistic, like mine. Maybe you want to have that printed cover framed and hanging over your desk. Or perhaps you're planning on keeping a scrapbook of all your best reviews. Whatever they are, cling to those dreams.
Keeping our butts in the chair and writing is the only thing that's going to achieve those dreams. But it doesn't hurt to have a reminder of our end goal to reach for when times are tough.
What are you writing dreams?