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My 11 Writer Dreams Beside Being on Bestsellers List

As improbable as some may seem, here are my writer dreams besides being on bestseller lists.

  1. Be the half of a well-known literary couple like Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi, Kaveh Akbar and Paige Lewis, Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer. (A girl can dream.)
  2. Have a room with a view in the house the is exclusively for writing and reading. This room will have lots of bookshelves!
  3. Make enough money from writing and its related duties such as speaking events, so that I have the option to quit my job (I don’t know that I’d ever quit my day job, though. I don’t see myself as a writer who needs the whole day to write (and I know this is very different for every writer, their genres, preferences, and goals.)
  4. Have one of my books or works taught at schools like Sara Kay’s and Clint Smith’s spoken word.
  5. Become as well known as Stephen King, Paulo Coehlo, and J.K. Rowling.
  6. Take a picture of my book on the shelves of bookstores next to the books of well-known authors.
  7. Read the quotes readers share of my work.
  8. Have a nemesis like Roxane Gay. Roxanne’s tweets about her nemesis are comical and remain mysterious because she never reveals who her nemesis is.
  9. Speak in a panel.
  10. Write a memoir and publish dairies (I’m still not sure if I want to publish my journals during my lifetime).
  11. Write memorable dedications and acknowledgements in my books. I love Kaveh’s “who all of this is meant to impress” to Paige Lewis in his acknowledgements of his poetry collection Calling a Wolf a Wolf. (Y’all, I’m a hopeless romantic, and I don’t know that I ever want to change this part of me.)

What are your writer dreams?



  1. I like your vision! I also got carried away by the dream of writing room with the view… πŸ™‚
    I would not want to quit my teaching job though, I need this contact with people. What about you? Won’t you miss teaching? :))

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    • Me too! One of the reasons why I love my teaching job is because I interact with people. I also feel like teaching is one of the ways I make a difference in the world. If I were a writer only, it’d be really easy for me to forget I’m part of a community. I would definitely like to teach less classes a day though, so that I don’t feel too overwhelmed πŸ™‚

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      • I would say just the same! Teaching is a way of touching the world. And I love being with people in real life :)) I once played with an idea of blogging as a job – but I would miss getting out of my home and seeing people and working with them πŸ™‚
        Which age are your students?

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      • Oh, that age, I see :)) it can be pretty tough, no?
        I used to teach in primary school, it is 6-12 here. But now I teach Norwegian language to adults – and I love it much more! I do miss kids sometimes, but I prefer adults :)) so far so good.

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      • Haha, yes! Some days they can be rebellious :). My goal is to transition to high school next year (ages 14-18). And hopefully one day teach adults, too. Do you write about teaching in your blog? I

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