The very best thing about writing is when you finish your manuscript and type, The End.
The next very best thing is dreaming about your future success.
Yes, absolutely it is okay for you to imaging thousands lining up for your book signing. Auditoriums full of fans chanting your name while you wait to come onto the stage to talk about your next story. Movie contracts and watching your book that you made into a screen play win Best Picture at the Oscars. All of these things are fun and cool and very not likely to happen.
After you have a dozen books published in one series by a huge publisher, people will line up for your book signings.
People chanting your name will not happen unless you write books for teenagers and you’re the one in ten billion who are the next big thing.
A producer might buy the rights to your book to make a film or television show. The chances of this happening are slim. The chances of having it make it all the way to the screen are anorexic.
You writing the script? Yeah, that’s not going to happen. Not unless you have serious Hollywood connections. I won’t even go into the politics behind the Oscars so that would probably be a no, too.
It is fun to dream as long as you know that it is only a dream. Someone wins the Powerball, right? We buy tickets in case it might be us. We do not however actually expect to be a millionaire. Writing the next big thing has about the same odds as a lottery. The only difference is that you pay for a ticket with years of your life.
The combination of events that have to be there to have your book be the next big thing are staggering. So don’t waste a lot of time planning your Oscar dress. Instead, put your butt in the chair and write. Every manuscript you write is better than the last. Heck, every word you write makes your mind sharper and hones your ability to let the reader see what you see.
You could be the one who lives the dream. First, you need to pay for your ticket.