Aspirations

Recently I had a conversation with one of my art teachers, and it started me thinking about this subject of aspirations.  

My teacher is a pro artist, and she’s at a place in her career where she doesn’t need (or desire) to exhibit her work.  Exhibiting takes a lot of time and effort–as does marketing for writers.  She’d rather spend her time creating art.  

As a writer, I can relate to that.  My time seems more limited now than ever before.  Time is so precious, and personally, I’d rather spend it creating new stories instead of trying to sell the ones I’ve already written.  I’m lucky to have that choice now–it’s a luxury, and it hasn’t always been that way.  

But back to my art teacher…  It seems to me that creating art is a personal journey.  A beginning artist may not want the world to see his/her creation and perhaps would never dream of aiming to sell.  When I started painting, it was for the sheer pleasure and sense of fulfillment of creating those stick figures.  Go figure!  

But I’m not sure it’s the same for a writer.  Why does a writer write, if not to share those tales with an audience one day?  Sure, there’s pleasure and fulfillment and all sorts of personal rewards, but I’ve never met a single *fiction* writer who hasn’t looked forward to reaching a marketable level one day.  

Of course it’s different for everyone.  As for me, I aspire to capturing those fleeting stories that dance around in my head the best way I know how, and then making them available for a potential audience.  That’s about it.  The next book, which comes out later this fall, will pretty much have to find its own way in the marketplace, which is pretty similar to my teacher’s position with her lovely art.  

 What about you?  What do you aspire to?  

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20 thoughts on “Aspirations”

  1. I’d like to make a few dollars off my writing. Not J.K. Rowling dollars, but enough so I can kick the day-job to the curb when I’m done with tuition payments and still have a few bucks coming in, you know?

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  2. I’m with Liz. While being a millionaire would be a lovely problem, I’d like to be able to make a reasonable living by publishing my writing. While it’s terrifying, I do write not only for myself, but to bring my stories to others, too.

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  3. Oh, please! I want to be rich. Stephen King rich. But that’s not why I write. I write because I have stories beating around inside my head and I feel better when I get them out. It’s some sort of therapy, I guess.

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  4. I’d like to be one of those authors where people can’t wait until I have a new book out. A flock of fans who get as giddy as I do at all my release dates.

    And, fine, if we’re going to be bourgeois about it, I will allow riches to rain down upon my head. But don’t for one minute think that I’ll like it! [shakes fist]

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  5. I completely agree with Becky. Someone recently asked me, as an unpublished writer, where do I see my career trajectory going? And I want it to start off as a slow burn.

    Respectable advance, but nowhere near six figures. And I’m lucky enough that my first book finds an audience. A small one, but it’s a start. And the same happens with my second book, but at a slightly higher level. And as time goes on, I have a fanbase I can count on to buy my books no matter what it’s about, simply because it has my name on it.

    Honestly, I don’t want to be a full-time writer. I like my day job and don’t need the pressure of constantly having to create. Plus as a lazy introvert, my day job not only forces me to leave my house and actually interact with people, the strictures it puts on my time make me way more productive than if I had the whole day stretching before me to write.

    P.S. As I said, a slow burn suits me best, but if life wants to throw piles of money at me, I would not be opposed to that…

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  6. While Stephen King rich would be awesome, it’s a little unrealistic. I mean, how many authors SINCE Stephen King can you think of who are rolling in dough? Two? Three?

    We build our base one reader at a time. It’s slow and sometimes painful. But the affirmation I get from one good review, from one reader pressing me for the next book… my bank is full.

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  7. Well, as a reader, I am glad that all of you want to become rolling-in-dough-rich because that means that I will have more books to read and review.
    I have reached one of my goals, actually, to have to time to read and review the books I love. I was at a dinner event a couple of years ago, and I happened to be sitting next to a local politician (my first husband picked the seats, I didn’t) who asked me what plans I had for my upcoming “leisure” time off. I told him I was planning to read. He replied that people never do that. I informed him that I already had books ready to go. He added that he had a list of books that he intended to read as well, but he just never seemed to get to them. Well, I actually I did get to reading my books. Take THAT Mr. politician! It just goes to show that politicians NEVER follow through on what they “promise” to do.

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