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Kate Thornton
04-03-2007, 09:22 PM
Maybe success would be a three-book deal with a Stephen King-sized advance. Or maybe it would be literary recognition like a Pulitzer or Nobel or Newberry, or movies made out of your work a la Harry Potter.

What would be your wildest dreams of writing success - and what (if anything) about your life would change?

Oh, and what are you doing to get there?

Me, I like the modest story success I enjoy right now. If I had more, I'd have to write more...

Vincent
04-03-2007, 09:25 PM
I'd probably panic. I don't want that kind of public attention. I've read Misery, thank you.

C.bronco
04-03-2007, 09:29 PM
I'd quit my job and write every morning.

BardSkye
04-03-2007, 09:42 PM
My dream is to be able to make enough money to cut my hours down at work. Maybe just work a couple of days a week.

If I had more time away from work, my writing time would increase.

Elodie-Caroline
04-03-2007, 09:49 PM
My dream would be to have my book made into a film, a French made one, not Hollywood, and have Jean Reno star in it. I don't want fame, wouldn't say no to a fortune though. I would just like to be recognized as someone who wrote a starring role for her favourite man in life :)

Elodie

Calla Lily
04-03-2007, 09:57 PM
My name on a paperback in B&N before I die.

Movies would be way cool. I've been told I'm good at dialogue, plus I'm scary and controversial (ahem! my BOOKS are, not my shy, retiring self!). Sounds like movie fodder to me. I'd write a part for Gerard Butler and haunt the set every day just to listen to him. :D

Money? I'd sock enough away to mostly pay for the kids' college educations, buy out my folks' business so they can retire, and the DH and I would go back to Hawaii.

You did say my wildest dreams, right? Okay, wildest dream: To create a character like Dracula--so archetypal that it's imitated and pastiched and played with and re-invented for decades.

Spiny Norman
04-03-2007, 10:06 PM
I'd probably start acting like an eccentric lunatic, because who's going to stop me? I'd wander around in dirty clothes unshaven with crazy hair and bum free coffee off of waitresses because I don't have any cash, but who cares, because I'm FAMOUS WRITER.

I'd get up in the morning and golf off my roof wearing old jeans and a tank top and aviator glasses, driving those suckers all over the highway. I'd travel the country going to signings and readings and living out of a suitcase and a string of run down motels, drinking in pubs and bars with my fans afterwards, and I wouldn't be some creep who'd demand all the attention, I'd just sit beside them nodding into my beer because, oh, y'know, that's how it is, folks. Yup.

People would come to me asking to dramatize my stuff or to work with me, and they'd all say, "Sure, he's eccentric. He keeps a deck of victorian pornographic playing cards on him at all times and he has names for every one of the girls. But he's also a GENIUS. When he speaks, the world listens."

And so on.

engmajor2005
04-03-2007, 10:07 PM
My When I Hit It Big To Do List:

1. Resign from current job with no second thoughts.

2. Move out of the old homestead.

3. Write all day, every day, without distraction.

jodiodi
04-03-2007, 10:18 PM
Success would be to get the SK advance and deal for every book I write, win the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes simultaneously for each book, and have each one made into movies that make the Lord of the Rings series look like a charity case. (Well, you did say wildest dreams.)

Then I'd buy a huge old house out in the country with several thousand acres of land, fence it all in, take in old and/or unwanted pets and give them a sanctuary for the rest of their lives, build some little cottages around the property and hire some homeless people who want to work, to take care of the animals and my vegetable garden and let them live in the cottages, and spend my time writing, cooking, canning, and corresponding with my legions of fans.

Realistically, I just want to get published and maybe make enough to allow me to write full-time.

PeeDee
04-03-2007, 10:19 PM
Pay the bills, buy a house...and write longhand more. I usually want to, but don't because I don't have the time to leisurely approach deadlines like that.

Otherwise, not much would change. I don't even know if I'd quit my job. I like the bookstore.

Azure Skye
04-03-2007, 10:35 PM
Hmmm, I try not to think about this too often but I think a Newbery would be cool. Recognition for my skills would be nice. Having a lot of public attention would probably do me in. Thinking about it now makes me panic...a little. A movie? Hurmph! I'm afraid of what hollywood would do to it.

I would just keep writing but I would probably feel a lot more pressure to outdo myself with every book. To do better for yourself is one thing but to do it because of public pressure is another. Eeeekk!

Cath
04-03-2007, 10:42 PM
What would be your wildest dreams of writing success - and what (if anything) about your life would change?
For me, just being good enough to be published would be wonderful. And probably the only thing that would change is the garage door (putting it off until we have some spare cash).

And, yes, I'm an optimist. :D

Jamesaritchie
04-03-2007, 10:42 PM
Maybe success would be a three-book deal with a Stephen King-sized advance. Or maybe it would be literary recognition like a Pulitzer or Nobel or Newberry, or movies made out of your work a la Harry Potter.

..

I suspect no more than one in a thousand published novelists will ever have this kind of success. Other than having movies made out of my work, which is already a possibility because I do have screenplays under option, I never have expected such high success, and don't really want it.

But if I did have such extreme success, I think all that would change would be the size of my toys, mostly a house full of pure geek toys, and where I live would change.

I'm already a full-time writer, so I don't have a job to quit, but I would buy a nice house on the beach, and a fair size boat to go with it. One big enough to live on.

I'd also, probably, travel a bit more.

tjwriter
04-03-2007, 10:43 PM
Wildest Dream: Fat advance that lets us move out to the country where I can write from the lovely outdoor furniture on the spacious wood deck under the shady oak trees every day.

Secret Desire: Making enough money from writing that I can work only one or two days a week, and spend the rest of my time writing.

More Practical Dream: Finish the damn book!

MidnightMuse
04-03-2007, 10:55 PM
Wildest Dream: Write bestsellers that turn into HUGE mega-hit movies, develop an ego the size of my ass and earn more money than I know what to do with.

Secret Desire: Write several books-in-a-series, become well known and financially comfortable and do the occasional local talk-show circuit.

Realistically: See my name on the spine of a book in Barnes & Noble, put out as many more as I can before I die (at the desk of my day job, surrounded by the bodies of those I take with me).

The Grift
04-03-2007, 10:59 PM
ULTIMATE success for me would probably be enough success in multiple genres to

(1) pay the bills and allow me enough freedom to take random jobs I've always wanted to try, or be able to just quit and travel or do absolutely nothing (and it was everything I thought it could be)

(2) have enough success that if I decide I want to write a sci-fi novel today, a piece of lit-fic next month, and a media tie-in the next, a publisher would take them all before a word was even down on paper.

(3) A couple of awards would be nice, but I'm not picky about what. Awards are just an attempt to quantify a subjective art form, but it would be nice to have enough concensus about the quality of my work to have it recognized by a body convened for the purpose of recognizing exceptional writing.

(4) cross-media success could be cool...but I would probably want to do the adaptations of my own work rather than just have them adapted into film or whatever

But really...REALLY...just have a book or three published and maybe enough in sales to supplement my normal income so that I am not a slave to jobs I don't necessarily like but that pay well.

engmajor2005
04-03-2007, 11:07 PM
If anybody who writes book reviews for a credible publication compares me to Neil Gaiman then I'll consider myself successful in the important sense, but it's not until I'm writing full-time that I'll consider myself successful in the financial sense.

scarletpeaches
04-03-2007, 11:57 PM
Wildest dream? I make shitloads with my first book. It has film-makers beating a path to my door and I turn them all down because I have (unlike Hollywood) artistic integrity.

I mix in fabulous, famous circles. Success breeds success. I am rich beyond my...

Okay. Realistic dreams? Realistic but pushing it I guess:

I'd like to make enough money to be able to live in Edinburgh. Learn to drive. Buy my own car. Have nice clothes. And I've got my eye on a rather snazzy LCD HD television with built-in DVD recorder...

The quiet part of me, the deep-down part no-one sees, just wants to make enough money to be able to go into a shop and not have to worry about price tags. Not in a Paris Hilton spending spree way, but in a, "I want to buy a new washing machine but I can't afford that model so I'll make do with that model." I'm sick of making do. I want to have the weight of worrying about the cost of everything off my shoulders.

I want to walk into a shop and know that I can afford any one item in that shop with no financial repercussions.

Security. That's what I want. To know the roof over my head is mine and that I can furnish it however I please.

Soccer Mom
04-04-2007, 12:03 AM
Wildest Dreams: To be so popular that I'm imitated. Books that debut on bestseller list. I writer for kids and I want to be the one future writers remember. I want to be the one who inspires new generations of readers. Upgrade all the toys and swap the position that writing and lawyering hold in my life (Go to full time writing and supplementing with the lawyer thing)

Realistic: I'd settle for seeing my books in print. I'd never be satisfied with one book. The stories are satisfying, but I WANT the novel. And maybe--MAYBE--someday I can swap practising law for practising writing.

scarletpeaches
04-04-2007, 12:08 AM
I want to be rich enough to make lots of good looking men want to have sex with me.

xanthalanari
04-04-2007, 12:14 AM
I think success for me would mean being able to work part time, and write part time. But I also think that once I'd had a taste of success I'd want more. But yeah, working part time and seeing my books in the shops would be enough for me.

Toothpaste
04-04-2007, 12:27 AM
Power. The incredible power. And I would wield it mercilessly!

scarletpeaches
04-04-2007, 12:28 AM
Did you do a 'taking over the world' mua-ha-ha-ha-ha cackle after you posted that?

Toothpaste
04-04-2007, 12:30 AM
I did. In fact I always do such a cackle over every post I post here.

It gets me through the day, what can I say?

Siddow
04-04-2007, 12:32 AM
My wildest dream would be to have my first book blurbed by Dean Koontz and Stephen King. Then all their fans would buy it, and they'd send me nice emails asking, 'When's the next one coming out?' and I'd say, 'In August.' And then I'd check Amazon and find that my ranking is only one figure instead of five or six (or, God forbid, seven!) and my second book would come back from the editor with only a few commas inserted, because I've just gotten that good. I'd be on the NYT Bestseller list for years and years to come.

What would I do with the riches from my wildest dreams? I've already picked out the house, a nice 8 bedroom, 4 bath place in Islamorada, and tied up to the dock would be my 42' SeaRay Sundancer, which I would use to go have lunch in Key West. With Dean, who flies in to talk shop with me occassionally, and Stephen is really jealous because he wanted to be my bestest friend.

(but in reality, I'd actually just like to get to the submitting stage with my novels. That would be an accomplishment in itself.)

scarletpeaches
04-04-2007, 12:34 AM
I did. In fact I always do such a cackle over every post I post here.

It gets me through the day, what can I say?

I dare you to relate something mundane like the list of items in your basket last time you went to the corner shop and make it sound evil.

ChunkyC
04-04-2007, 12:43 AM
In my wildest dreams, I fantasize about sitting in a theatre as the lights go down and there on the screen are the words, "Based on the bestselling novel by C. Montgomery Stuart."

I could die happy at that point, hopefully not before the end of the movie, though. ;)

Realistically, I would like to see a novel I wrote on a bookstore shelf and win a peer-type award some day. The Hugo (even though not given just by writers) or Nebula would be awesome. I think I'd cry like a baby if any of that happened. Along with that I'd like to make enough money to write full time. I don't need to be stinking rich, just enough so that I can quit my day job.

Julian Black
04-04-2007, 01:27 AM
I'm not sure I'd want JK Rowling-level success. There are some truly scary-insane Harry Potter fans out there. I'd like people to know my name, but I'd also like to be able to walk through an airport without being recognized.

Materially, there aren't many toys I want; I'm very happy with my current lifestyle. But I would like to be able to afford a house in San Francisco and a couple of trips abroad every year.

I'm not sure my books could be made into movies without butchering them. My characters would not make good action figures. So I'll pass on the blockbuster movie adaptations.

My wildest dream of literary success is to have some crazy, crackpot Fundamentalist preach against them, light a public bonfire of my books, or start a campaign to get my books banned from school libraries. That would be awesome. It would mean that sufficient numbers of people were reading them and discussing the ideas in them to be considered a threat to self-appointed moral authorities. If I'm going to enjoy JK Rowling-level success, that would be an excellent place to start.

heatheringemar
04-04-2007, 01:44 AM
For me, writing success would be making enough at it so that my husband and I wouldn't have to worry each time a bill comes in the mail. We'd still farm/ranch. We'd still live where we are right now, in the same antique farmhouse, and we'd still drive our respective vehicles. (Ok, I *might* upgrade to something newer than 1988....) We'd still help run our 4-H club. Our (future) kids would still go to the local school. And if I had a day job (other than farming), I'd still go to work. Pretty much, nothing would change.

I'm really not a big fan of fame. I mean, if I get to be that famous and have the ginormous paycheck coming along with it, I'll not be complaining! :) But it's not something to go out seeking. I don't write to be famous. I write becaue I like telling stories.

That said, I'm just going to keep on keepin' on. Write, submit, repeat, etc. etc.

heatheringemar
04-04-2007, 01:48 AM
I would laugh in the face of success. I forever strive for mediocrity. I would be very disappointed if I ever acheived more than that.

There was a kid I went to high school with who said that success was setting yourself up to trip on your own shoelace and that mediocrity was the pinnacle of achievement.

Another of his favorite sayings was: Eagles may soar, but weasles never get sucked into jet engines. :tongue

Maryn
04-04-2007, 02:24 AM
I'd like my name to be a household word, but to be able to go about my day-to-day life anonymously, as I do now.

I'd like the occasional devout reader to write me a note telling me I really made him or her think, or changed their lives in a positive way, or caused them to be open to something which had previously frightened them.

I'd like to have the confidence in my work that I see in some of you, my betters colleagues.

I'd like writing students to let me know my efforts have improved their own writing.

I'd like to discover, quite by accident, that I have an active fan site.

I'd like to sell well enough to keep my publisher and agent happy but not delirious. I don't need to make a lot of money, since I'm comfortable already.

Maryn, whose big dreams are relatively modest

engmajor2005
04-04-2007, 02:30 AM
Goddamnit I just want to be able to look at my family and say "NOW DO YOU TAKE THIS SHIT SERIOUSLY?"


Sorry. It's been a rough patch.

Chumplet
04-04-2007, 03:28 AM
I'd like a big enough advance to pay off some debts, put a fence in the backyard so the dog won't have to be tied up all the time, and insulate the attic. No... Sell this dump and get a nice house in the county with horses and a whole writing room to myself with a lovely pine desk and a window that looks out onto the paddocks.

By then the kids will have their own driver's licenses and I won't have to drive them to the mall, except when I want to go into Chapters and stare at my books on the bestseller shelf and giggle uncontrollably until they kick me out.

Mom'sWrite
04-04-2007, 05:11 AM
I admit I covet a National Book Award. Just the thought of sitting in the same room with those people at the awards ceremony.

I fantasize about walking into a bookstore (a big one with coffee served inside) and seeing the biggest display there with my book while Orlando Bloom whispers in my ear something about what he'd like to try in the stacks with me. (If Orlando is not available, mr. screenmom is a fun one to play with in the stacks.)

I'd like to earn JK Rowlings-type millions and give them away secretly.

I'd like a first printing of a million copies.

I'd like my books to be translated into every known language.

I'd like Sue Monk Kidd, Stephen King and John Irving to call me and say, "Damn, I wish I had written that!"

Obviously, I haven't given this much thought at all. :)

scarletpeaches
04-04-2007, 05:12 AM
Oh god yeah, the Booker. I'm eligible cause I live in the Commonwealth and write in English. HUZZAH!

lfraser
04-04-2007, 06:48 AM
For me, writing success would be finishing my WIP and then editing it into the best novel I can produce.

After that, I would define success as being published. It is unlikely that that will happen with my current WIP, but who knows?

I have no need to earn a living from my writing. It's just something that I love to do, most of the time. The biggest thrill I can imagine getting from it is having someone enjoy reading something I've written. Getting paid for it wouldn't be too shabby, either -- but ultimately what drives me is the desire to be a good writer. Nothing more complicated than that.

TsukiRyoko
04-04-2007, 06:54 AM
I would quit any other job I was doing and spend my time writing, reading, and staying away from people. Whether or not I'd do something profound with ym writing (donating funds, writing a book for a certain cause, etc etc) is probable, but who knows?

PeeDee
04-04-2007, 08:06 AM
If I had writing success,
I'd buy you a green coat,
(But not a real green coat, that's cruel)

Judg
04-04-2007, 08:31 AM
I would like to have editors go, "Oh good! She's finally finished another one! Can I come to the auction?" Reviewers who say, "She spins such a fine story you almost don't notice how deep it is." A few letters from readers saying, "That really got to me. I see things differently now." And enough money to start picking charities I wanted to support on a regular basis because I had more than I needed.

That would make me deeply satisfied. But getting published at all and being welcome when I come back with another manuscript would still make me feel like a real success.

maestrowork
04-04-2007, 08:40 AM
My novel inspiring multiple movie and miniseries adaptations, a la Pride & Prejudice. Granted, even if I were THAT Good, I probably would have to be long DEAD for that to happen....

Now, having millions of fans line up at the stores at the stroke of midnight dressing up as the characters and having parties in, say, July... would be pretty darn awesome, too. Making more money than the Queen of England isn't that bad either.

heatheringemar
04-04-2007, 08:42 AM
If I had writing success,
I'd buy you a green coat,
(But not a real green coat, that's cruel)

Booyah! :D

PeeDee
04-04-2007, 08:44 AM
Not Getting Shot on my way to the mailbox because of something I've written.

Everything else is negotiable. :D

spike
04-04-2007, 02:00 PM
Wildest Dreams? I'd like to be able to leave my day job and write full time. I'd like to get to the point where I would be losing money working my day job. I'd like to call out from work because I'm just too damn rich.

Reality, of course, is different. I'll probably never be able to quit my day job. I have health issues and very expensive meds. My job provides excellent benefits, includes a prescription plan that allows me to get a med that costs $500+ for only $15.

So I just hope for enough success so that I can really provide for my family.

Oddsocks
04-04-2007, 02:06 PM
I would hate anything more than selling enough to be able to publish again. I would like a small number of people to read it and like it (it'd be great it they really liked it), but no more. The idea of being famous in any way is absolutely terrifying.

eldragon
04-04-2007, 03:04 PM
I can't imagine life being more exciting than going on Oprah, and being in her bookclub!

I haven't actually watched her show in years, but I think her reading promotion is good.

Whatever it takes to get people to read.

However, I'm more like Harvey Pecar (Pekar?) and much more likely to be featured on Letterman as a stupid pet trick, than on Oprah for anything worthwhile.

And like Pecar, I'd probably just fade into oblivion.

Sad but true.

(And I'm not depressed writing this.....it doesn't matter much to me.):)

scarletpeaches
04-04-2007, 04:00 PM
My novel inspiring multiple movie and miniseries adaptations, a la Pride & Prejudice. Granted, even if I were THAT Good, I probably would have to be long DEAD for that to happen....

Now, having millions of fans line up at the stores at the stroke of midnight dressing up as the characters and having parties in, say, July... would be pretty darn awesome, too. Making more money than the Queen of England isn't that bad either.

Naughty boy. It's Britain.

Elodie-Caroline
04-04-2007, 04:05 PM
And he'd have to pillage a lot of countries to make as much money as her ;)


Naughty boy. It's Britain.

scarletpeaches
04-04-2007, 04:06 PM
JK Rowling's richer than the queen. Maybe Ray should put a boy wizard in his next book? :D

Elodie-Caroline
04-04-2007, 04:10 PM
Hahahaha :D maybe, or what about a witch, I presume that's a female wizard? Haven't read stuff like that since I was a kid, a very long time ago.

ccarver30
04-04-2007, 07:11 PM
I think having my novel on the big screen and helping choose the actors that would portray the people I created. As you can see, Paul Leyden would be the leading man... *swoon*

Claudia Gray
04-04-2007, 08:04 PM
My goal is to be able to write full-time while still maintaining enough of an income that I could buy a nice condo, save for retirement and still be able to go out to eat with friends, see shows, travel, etc. Everything above that would only be frosting on the cake. Although there is no way I would refuse seven-figure advances or huge fame or whatever, for me "success" would be just getting to write full-time and live well.

ccarver30
04-04-2007, 08:10 PM
Elodie-Caroline - I read your signature as "Janet Reno".
*slaps self* LOL

Writer2011
04-04-2007, 08:15 PM
I'm not exactly sure how I would cope with sudden success... I would be humbled about it though, that's for sure.

thethinker42
04-04-2007, 09:43 PM
What would be your wildest dreams of writing success - and what (if anything) about your life would change?

Oh, and what are you doing to get there?

Enough money that I can write full-time. I'd really, really like to get out of the rat race someday.

To get there, I'm steadily plowing through my books, and have promised myself 2 finished drafts by the end of the year.

thethinker42
04-04-2007, 09:45 PM
Elodie-Caroline - I read your signature as "Janet Reno".
*slaps self* LOL

I'm glad I'm not the only one!!!

*slaps ccarver* (What? I'm not going to slap myself, and you're there, so...)

Elodie-Caroline
04-04-2007, 10:29 PM
LOL... and I put his pic on my signature so that everyone would know who I was on about too! Oh well, I'll just be the writer who's known for her strange tastes in dream material shall I? hahaha :D



Elodie-Caroline - I read your signature as "Janet Reno".
*slaps self* LOL


I'm glad I'm not the only one!!!

*slaps ccarver* (What? I'm not going to slap myself, and you're there, so...)

engmajor2005
04-04-2007, 11:31 PM
My goal is to be able to write full-time while still maintaining enough of an income that I could buy a nice condo, save for retirement and still be able to go out to eat with friends, see shows, travel, etc. Everything above that would only be frosting on the cake. Although there is no way I would refuse seven-figure advances or huge fame or whatever, for me "success" would be just getting to write full-time and live well.

That's bascially what I want to do, except that I have no interest in retirement. Hell, at my day job I'd rather have the sixty bucks back in my pay check than in my retirement. If I make it writing then I'll probably never retire and ifI never make it--well, retirement is an option for a very small sect of people. I need money to use now, not when I'm sixty-four.

ChunkyC
04-05-2007, 12:44 AM
I think having my novel on the big screen and helping choose the actors that would portray the people I created.
Oooo, yeah -- or pick the actor that plays you in the biopic of your life.

Orlando Bloom
egads, no....

Sean Astin
Yeah, that'd be cool. :)

maestrowork
04-05-2007, 12:50 AM
Viggo will play me. We're practically twins.

http://www.canmag.com/images/front/people2/viggo1.jpg

MidnightMuse
04-05-2007, 12:51 AM
Peta Wilson is a good likeness of me.





Stop laughing.

Kate Thornton
04-05-2007, 12:57 AM
If I make it writing then I'll probably never retire and ifI never make it--well, retirement is an option for a very small sect of people. I need money to use now, not when I'm sixty-four.

If you are lucky, 64 comes at you pretty fast.

I'm so glad I prepared for retirement - I'll get to retire in 17 months.

The Lady
04-05-2007, 01:17 AM
[quote=jodiodi;1241642]Success would be to get the SK advance and deal for every book I write, win the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes simultaneously for each book, and have each one made into movies that make the Lord of the Rings series look like a charity case. (Well, you did say wildest dreams.)

Then I'd buy a huge old house out in the country with several thousand acres of land, fence it all in, take in old and/or unwanted pets and give them a sanctuary for the rest of their lives, build some little cottages around the property and hire some homeless people who want to work, to take care of the animals and my vegetable garden and let them live in the cottages, and spend my time writing, cooking, canning, and corresponding with my legions of fans.

quote]


This is so me, except bigger, better, more. And some private stuff too, I couldn't possibly speak off.

engmajor2005
04-05-2007, 01:57 AM
There are no currently-famous adult actors that would portray me, for by the time my biopic would be made they would all be in their advanced years.

CaroGirl
04-05-2007, 02:12 AM
Oh! Oh! I'll play! I'd like to be able to quite my day job for good. I'd have more time to volunteer doing things I'm really interested in. I wouldn't want to be super famous, but I would relish meeting interesting people, like other writers I admire.

Elodie-Caroline
04-05-2007, 02:12 AM
I couldn't think of an actress who could play me, I haven't seen any short enough LOL. But when the film 'Bride of Chucky' came out, my hubby and sister likened me to the female bride doll in it :D

Namatu
04-05-2007, 02:30 AM
Wildest dream: I get published. I get some money. I do a mad happy dance. I go travel the world whenever I want (research for future books). A "real" job is unnecessary, but I would have one part time so that I can remain a socialized part of the human race.

Realistically: My WIP gets published. Do mad happy dance. Travel after much planning. Keep "real" job. Write more stories.

Novelhistorian
04-05-2007, 04:01 AM
I've had tastes of success that meant a lot to me, and they didn't involve money. I've been invited to give lectures, and twice, I've been surrounded by people coming up to me afterward to tell me how much my book meant to them. It doesn't get better than that.

Another time, I was invited to a European city for a book fair, at the publisher's expense. I went to dinner with some of the best conversationalists I've ever met. The next day, I gave a public interview, after which the small but enthusiastic audience made me feel as though I'd given them something important by writing about a forgotten page of the history of their country.

I dream of things like this happening again. And of more money, because I've made very little from my writing. But I don't need tons of it. Just enough to feel that somebody out there is reading me, and--most important--so that I don't have to work as hard to get published again.

Another literary prize would be nice, too. Doesn't have to be a big one.

OmenSpirits.com
04-05-2007, 08:20 AM
Maybe success would be a three-book deal with a Stephen King-sized advance. Or maybe it would be literary recognition like a Pulitzer or Nobel or Newberry, or movies made out of your work a la Harry Potter.

What would be your wildest dreams of writing success - and what (if anything) about your life would change?

Oh, and what are you doing to get there?

Me, I like the modest story success I enjoy right now. If I had more, I'd have to write more...


One word answer.

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Spiny Norman
04-05-2007, 05:55 PM
Seriously, though, the most I want out of a writing career is to be a Christmas present for people I've never met and have someone say, "You'll love this! I just know you will!" about something I did for them and really, really mean it.

I wouldn't mind bathing in champagne every night, though.

WerenCole
04-05-2007, 10:22 PM
I might go get a really nice steak. . .


Or ummm, anything to eat really.


I'm starving.

MelodyO
04-06-2007, 06:23 AM
Forget the money. For better or for worse...I want fans. Fangirls and fanboys and forums and squeeing and wank (eventually) and countdowns til my next book comes out.

Sigh.

But no stalkers, though! I'd dare say most stalkers would regret coming to Alberta and sitting in the freezing cold on the street outside my house anyway.

Chumplet
04-06-2007, 06:57 AM
If I had writing success,
I'd buy you a green coat,
(But not a real green coat, that's cruel)
Yay! A Barenaked Ladies fan! One of them went to my high school. I met him. My brother taught another one how to play the guitar.
And yes, I like Kraft Dinner. It took a while - I kinda OD'd on it in college.

TrainofThought
04-06-2007, 06:57 AM
What would be your wildest dreams of writing success - and what (if anything) about your life would change?

Oh, and what are you doing to get there? My wildest writing success dream is to sell the rights to my book to Hollywood (with stipulations) before publication. Once published, I appear on The Oprah Show for her October’s Book of the Month Club. A week after my appearance on the Oprah Show I go to Hollywood to participate in casting for the movie. After drooling over the actors for my male protagonist, we decide to cast Matthew McConaughey for the part.

The soundtrack is a variety of opera, alternative, classic rock and pop with the opening song by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli’s Time to Say Goodbye.

I would setup trust funds for my family members, travel First Class, invest in strong companies, buy property in Santa Barbara and hire nannies for my friends while they’re traveling with me. When I decide to take time off from traveling, I will remove the binding and pages from my novel and create a faux book reading on a wall in my condo with my painted signature going diagonally across it.

Right now, I have some pages from my fourth revision submitted to an editor. We’ll see if any of the above remains a fantasy. :D

Shadow_Ferret
04-06-2007, 07:03 AM
At this point my wildest dream is to have an agent actually request more than just a partial.

Chumplet
04-06-2007, 07:07 AM
Viggo will play me. We're practically twins.

http://www.canmag.com/images/front/people2/viggo1.jpg

'Scuse me while I wipe the drool from my lips.....

jodiodi
04-06-2007, 07:51 AM
Who would play me in the biopic? Hmm. Anna Nicole Smith could have, if she weren't dead, of course, and had actually been an actress.

thethinker42
04-06-2007, 05:01 PM
Who would play me in the biopic?

I would play myself in my biopic.

My husband would be portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix.

There would be numerous bad reviews from critics citing "excessive amounts of gratuitous and explicit sex scenes".

thethinker42
04-06-2007, 05:03 PM
One word answer.

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........power........

:hooray:

Ooooo, hadn't thought of that.

I think if I reached a considerable level of success, I'd bribe my way into becoming dictator of some small but wealthy Eastern European country. Then I'd quietly build up an army, and when the world isn't looking, BAM! I'd invade. Every country. Simulatenously.

And I'd win, bringing me one step closer to my ultimate goal:

Grand Poobah of the Universe.

*runs off to get writing so I can start working towards that goal...*

PeeDee
04-06-2007, 05:09 PM
You don't need writing success to become dictator of a small third-world country. You just need about twenty bucks. :)

jthome1223
04-06-2007, 05:09 PM
I know this won't be a popular answer, but after I finished my obligations to the deal I'd probably quit writing.

I am not one of those people who HAS to write or I'll go crazy. In fact, writing itself makes me crazy. I do it because it's the only thing I'm any good at (IMO -- of course, tastes vary wildly in this business and all of that good stuff), and it's the best way I know how to make money.

I'm reminded of a famous quote (not sure who said it and don't feel like Googling it right now). Anyway, the gist of it is that the guy said something like "Writing is easy. You just sit in front of a typewriter and wait until blood starts coming out of your pores."

Another one I can relate to is the guy who said he spent all morning putting in a comma, and all afternoon taking it out.

So, there you go. I'd take the money and open a bar. Sorry to all the purists out there!

thethinker42
04-06-2007, 09:03 PM
You don't need writing success to become dictator of a small third-world country. You just need about twenty bucks. :)

Right. But I need success to get that twenty bucks.

Aprylwriter
04-07-2007, 08:02 PM
If I were a famous writer, I would help spread literacy throughout the globe.

And, I would probably become a public speaker about important issues-poverty, peace, education, knowledge, tolerance.

My first goal though is to acquire a good literary agent. Right now, a well-known literary agent is looking at a partial and hopefully he will request the whole thing.

scarletpeaches
04-07-2007, 08:05 PM
Right. But I need success to get that twenty bucks.

I'll pay you twenty pounds to pimp my fishhead!

aruna
04-07-2007, 08:21 PM
1. Pay off both my mortgages and all my debts.

2. Set up a trust fund for my kids' education.

3. Take my husband on a holiday that would remove every last trace of his depression.

4. Create a retirement fund and move to the place I want to live the rest of my life in.

5. Retire. Only write when I want to.

(And I almost forgot: donate a sizable amount of money to Dr Gilada of Bombay, to buy a house where child prostitutes can be rescued to. A big dream of mine.)

scarletpeaches
04-07-2007, 08:23 PM
6. Buy scarletpeaches lots of chocolate.

Jamesaritchie
04-07-2007, 09:38 PM
I know this won't be a popular answer, but after I finished my obligations to the deal I'd probably quit writing.

I am not one of those people who HAS to write or I'll go crazy. In fact, writing itself makes me crazy. I do it because it's the only thing I'm any good at (IMO -- of course, tastes vary wildly in this business and all of that good stuff), and it's the best way I know how to make money.

I'm reminded of a famous quote (not sure who said it and don't feel like Googling it right now). Anyway, the gist of it is that the guy said something like "Writing is easy. You just sit in front of a typewriter and wait until blood starts coming out of your pores."

Another one I can relate to is the guy who said he spent all morning putting in a comma, and all afternoon taking it out.

So, there you go. I'd take the money and open a bar. Sorry to all the purists out there!

I think it was Red Smith who first said "Writing is easy. You just sit down at the typewriter and open a vein."

I believe the comma story has been attributed to several writers, but Oscar Wilde definitely said this on one occasion.

And Dr. Samuel Johnson said, "None but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money."

I don't think there's anything wrong with your attitude, but I would question whether great success in writing is possible unless it's something you really enjoy doing? I certainly do not have to write. I don't believe anyone does. I do, however, enjoy writing greatly.

I strongly suspect pretty much all successful writers enjoy something about writing to a large enough extent that success would never stop them from writing, anymore than does lack of success. You just do not hear about very many successful writers who retire, and I don't think greed has anything to do with it.

underthecity
04-07-2007, 09:40 PM
My wildest dreams with writing success echo much of what has already been said:

Let's say my first novel, undergoing revisions right now, garners me a gigantic advance and a multi-book deal. I would quit my job to write full time. Of course I would have signed a multi-book contract.

My wife would also get to quit her job. She now has the choice of working if she chooses to. Or not. Whatever she wants.

Meanwhile, Ghost Machine is being made into a movie directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks and Donald Sutherland.

Fans of my books would blog about them all over the web and would be eagerly awaiting my next books, of which I will write one a year.

I would be famous, but humble. And here at AW I would be a mod or absolute sage or something.

I would also get to hang out with Stephen King (who would invite me over his place every month or so so we could hang out), and I would be invited to tour with the Rock Bottom Remainders.

Those are the dreams.

allen

Sean D. Schaffer
04-07-2007, 10:29 PM
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What would be your wildest dreams of writing success - and what (if anything) about your life would change?

My dreams of writing success would be getting a modest deal with a reputable house with one of my novels, and to continue selling novels to houses until the day I die.

If I did achieve such success, I would marry my girlfriend. Both our incomes are prohibitive to us marrying because they're already low and the source would cut into it deeply if we married. This would make it virtually impossible for us to sustain ourselves only on that income.


Oh, and what are you doing to get there?

...Snipped.

Presently, I am working on a novel. It's in the developmental stages right now, but the development is coming along nicely. I imagine I should have the novel finished and ready for submission within the next two years.

After that, I have other novels I want to work on that I will use as my continuation of my journey to and through success.

calamity
04-08-2007, 01:53 AM
Dream? That my first book is an instant classic, like To Kill A Mockingbird, and then I can lock myself in the house and write vaultfulls of manuscripts like Salinger.

janetbellinger
04-08-2007, 02:34 AM
I would feel confidence again in my own writing and would write more novels. I would quit reading advice from other writers about how to get published or about what is or is not popular in writing.