Tip of the Day: Piggybacking off of Deena’s tip yesterday, if you want a massage and want to save money, check out the massage schools in your area. Lots of them offer massages for the public at cheap rates!
Brace yourself as I go all high school guidance counselor on you—but where do you see yourself in 5 years? I’m guessing that most of our readers are writers at different stages in their career (just like us) so I want to know what you have planned for yourself.
It seems like most authors in this writing business have a plan. Like, I will quit my day job in X years; I will pub by 30; or I will pub no less than two books a year etc. A week or two ago a 17-year-old young adult fiction author (who happens to share my marvelous agent) got her first book deal (WHOO HOO!!) and I was thinking—wow, she is going to have such a long, fab career ahead of her since she’s starting so young. Wish I would have thought of that! But nope, I was busy bagging groceries and chasing boys at 17. I never imagined I could write books back then let alone publish them. I do wonder what this young super star author’s “plan” is. Maybe she’ll see this and answer for us. (No pressure though—really!)
But my plan? I never thought about it much. Seriously! I didn’t have a pub by this age or secure an agent in this amount of time plan for myself. I set short open ended goals like—get agent. And then just tried really hard for that. But I’m not knocking plans at all—I like them, I do! In fact, I’ve decided that I need one. I want something more specific to work towards. So, my new plan for now is going to be to write full-time in 6 years. Ok, so it happens to coincide with when my last little munchkin will be in 1st grade. But I don’t want to just have the whole day everyday to write—I want it to be a fully financially supported career by then. Really I think my plan is super reasonable. It might even happen sooner (and then I’ll just have to get a nanny, or man-ny, ;-) huh?)
So, do share, what are your writing plans for yourself?
Kristina, Miss Soon-to-Pub