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?

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