Have you have ever allowed your imagination to wander off to all the glorious, glamorous potential outcomes of your writing? Like seeing your books hit the bestseller lists, catapulting you to fortune and fame?
So has an author I work with, Tony Vanderwarker. For three years, Tony was mentored one-on-one by none other than John Grisham. In the memoir he’s penned about the experience, Writing With The Master: How a Bestselling Author Fixed My Book And Changed My Life (Skyhorse, February 2014), he talks with refreshing candor about his fantasies of wild success. “My imagination goes haywire ,” he writes. “I dream I’m on the set of the Today Show chatting about what it’s like to write a novel with John Grisham. Maybe John will join me? How big an advance will I get? Will there be a Porsche Turbo in the offing? Who’s going to star in the movie version of my book? Harrison Ford, maybe? Will I be asked to write the script?”
But that’s just the beginning. Throughout the narrative Tony describes visions of his book selling for six figures at auction and muses about enjoying the perks of wealth including—why not?—a private jet.
Reading these sections, I literally squealed with joy. Not only could I relate to Tony’s meanderings 100%, having imagined—no: believed—early on in my own writing adventures that the novels I’d produce would bring in a sustainable income and that I’d live happily ever after as a well-fed, published author; I also found it a relief to finally see them expressed in print.
We writers go to such great lengths to stay grounded in reality that we’ve trained ourselves to push those big dreams out of our minds altogether. We repeat ad nauseum [Read more…]