This last week, we've talked about why we write, and that we all hope to earn at least a LITTLE money off this writing gig that we pour blood, sweat and tears into.
Yes, yes, Kaye doused our hopes into reality with her comment on how much per hour we can hope to really make, but personally, I view the years prior to REALLY writing as "college" for writers. (Note, I realize some actually DO go to college and pay money!) We have to "pay our dues" to learn the craft, and when we finally sell, it's paycheck time people!
But, alas, obviously we have to be pretty darn successful to do this writing thing full-time.
Today, I'm saying the heck with that. We can dream right? Some days it's fun to set aside reality and just dream BIG.
When I was little, I once asked my Daddy why he and Mom had so many plans and dreams that they knew good and well they would never do. His response? "NEVER stop dreaming Krista." Because if we stop dreaming, there is ZERO hope of attaining.
It's true, isn't it? If we set our dreams low, then most often we'll set our efforts low to match. My motto is, "Dream big, plan realistically."
Today is all about DREAMING BIG, because we all know that most of our days are spent in planning realistically.
Let's all go into the future:
Unpublished authors - You get a call from your current (future) agent and publisher of your dreams has just offered you a $50,000 advance. What would you do with your advance?
Published authors - You get your most recent royalty statement and found that your book has not only earned out it's advance, but it's done so over and abundantly. On the same day, your agent calls and says since your last book was such a raging success, they've now offered you a $100,000 advance on your next book. What would YOU do with your advance?
People who don't write and never plan to - Your great aunt sends you a birthday card and in it, despite your objection to lottery tickets (want to make sure I don't offend anyone) she has sent you a handful just for fun. You scratch and scratch, and in the end, have the winning $50,000 ticket! What do you do with your winnings? (If you don't like the lottery ticket thing... let's say that your Great Aunt dies and leaves you 50 grand, okay? I was just trying to stay away from the whole death thing...)
So... start dreaming and share with us! (forget about taxes... this is a dream remember???)
For me.... my $50,000, I would tithe first ($5,000), put enough in savings to finish our "emergency fund" ($7,000) spend some on a used but newer mini-van--ours is VERY old and desperately needs replacing ($15,000) and the rest would go, right now, in a "fund for after baby is born" so I could take more than my paid 6 weeks off for maternity leave. Actually, that would still leave some left (if we aren't talking about taxes) so that would go in a savings account so we could buy a bigger house someday (4 kids in my house is going to be tight!)
Not a very fancy dream, but ahhhh, would be SO very nice!