As writers, we all want to live the life of our dreams as published authors. But each of us dreams of something different, and we’re all at different stages. Some are already (or almost) there, but most of us, I think it’s fair to say, are somewhere en route.
When you picture your life 5 years from now, what does it look like?
Maybe you’d like to live somewhere else—either another city or another country. Maybe you’d like to have a cabin in the mountains you can retreat to and write. Or maybe you envision a large readership and frequent book releases.
Some writers dream of major life change, others only want to make a few small adjustments.
That’s why I’m hosting Dream Week on this blog: to find out what you dream of.
Take a moment and think about why you’re writing a book. If you’ve written other books, why did you write those?
Obviously, we all want someone to read what we write—that’s fundamental.
But above and beyond that, what will being a published author lead you to? Fame? Fortune? Travel? Book tours and speaking engagements? More opportunities to be alone and write? A simple change of scenery?
Picturing yourself five years from now, think about:
- Where you live
- What you’re writing
- How you spend your days
- How many books you’ve published
- The people in your life
- Any other aspects of daily life that spring to mind
Again, think about your dream in the present tense, as if it’s January 2022 and you’re already living it.
If your dream sounds impossible right now, don’t worry. Being an internationally acclaimed author probably sounded pretty impossible to Stephen King around the time he was working three jobs and couldn’t even afford his own typewriter.
Remember, the point of this exercise is not to sweat the details about how you’re going to get there, just what you want your life to be like in 5 years.
If you take a few minutes now to write this out, you’ll see how it all plays out next week.
Comment below—there’s no right or wrong, good or bad!