Wednesday, 8 December 2010

What are your writing fantasies?

Everyone has writing dreams. If you are just starting out it could be something as simple as being published for the first time or if you've written a novel, to find an agent and be offered a book-deal. It may be you want to give up the day job and earn a living through your writing. Or you could just be looking to continue enjoying your writing as a hobby. But I'm not talking about your dreams; I'm talking about your fantasies. The certain something that seems like you would need the planets to realign and a cosmic influence to make it happen. In fact, you're convinced you stand a greater chance of winning the Lottery and you don't even play.

Here is mine:

My short story Why Do Aliens Love Iowa? is published in Tribute to the Stars in early 2011. As the tribute actor, William Shatner is sent a copy. He loves it and decides to make a movie of it; the idea is that strong. He contacts Steven Spielberg and asks him to read it. Spielberg loves it too. Soon after I get a call from Shatner offering to buy the movie rights, but there's a catch - they want me to do the screenplay. My answer is yes and several days later I'm flying to LA to begin work on it. The movie comes out the summer of 2012 and it's a blockbuster. We all live happily ever after.

Okay. I live in the real world and I know my fantasy is just that - a fantasy. But it makes my dreams seem all the more possible. I have been published and I have started work on my novel. First-time novelists do get offered book deals. It can happen and I have faith it will happen to me, eventually. Believe in your dreams, and with hard work and sometimes luck, they can come true. After all, someone has to win the Lottery.

Do you have a writing fantasy? How is it different to your writing dreams and does it influence them?


  1. Ha! I love your fantasy, Ellie. If you are going to have a movie director in your fantasy then go for Spielberg. No need to settle for less in a fantasy.

    My fantasy is that I'm giving an author talk, promoting my novel (a baby as yet). I'm looking sophisticated (this is the best fantasy bit) and talking with ease. The audience listen with rapt attention and ask intelligent questions.

    Reality: a hobby writer who plods on, but who still has a few dreams.

    This was fun! Thanks, Ellie.

  2. How did I guess, when I read the beginning of this post, that Mr. Shatner would be involved. :) You never know. Sometimes writing things down puts the universe in motion to make those dreams come true.

    Myself,I see myself in NYC, schmoozing with a bunch of authors at a conference or, better yet, award presentation. I look fashionable, svelte and have somehow mastered walking in high heels.

  3. What a great fantasy!! And one that involves Mr Shatner too!! Wow!!!

    I have everything crossed that your fantasy will be a reality - why not!??!?! :-) So yay for you!!!

    My fantasy is for Terry Pratchett to stumble on my blog!! Then promptly demand I remove his quote!! LOL!! Awww he's lovely, he'll never do that!!

    Take care

  4. I want tickets for the premiere!

    Seriously - I'd just like to be paid to write what I want - not what someone else wants. My alter-ego has a website and it would be wonderful if someone offered to sponsor it so I could quit work and develop it full-time.

  5. Wow - what a great fantasy. Mine right now is that some film exec reads The Hating Game and buys the film rights. Then I have a premier in Leicester Square and I get to walk down the red carpet, wearing a gorgeous dress and Jimmy Choos and it's a sunny and warm evening... sigh!

  6. Congrats on the short story publication, Ellie and all the best with your dreams. That would be awesome if it came true.
    Yes I dream of being a successfully published author. At the moment my muse seems stuck in treacle or like the dry bed of a once flowing river where my WIP is concerned. Roll on the new year and the hope of some umph returning! :O)

  7. My fantasy is that I sell my book to an agent and they ask for tons more. While I'm writing my butt off, and enjoying every minute of course, my book starts selling lots of copies. I end up being asked to speak on the news and then the Today show (or an equivalent). I inspire people, people want my autograph, I get show offers, I decline. ;) I get a movie deal and get to help choose the actors, the scenes, etc. I get creative input. And then I get to use all this money to build a nice house with my husband and live happily ever after. :)

  8. I have a fantasy Quentin Tarrentino reads my book and wants to make movies out them with big stars. I'm on the red carpet as everyone is accepting awards as Breakthrough is the most awesome movie ever. Yeah, I'd better lay off the vino a bit.

  9. I think that's a fabulous fantasy! It's good to have these sorts of dreams. And truly, you never know. Just may come true.

  10. Akelamalu - thank you and yours too.

    Christine - Spielberg is the best. I love your fantasy - I couldn't imagine being able to give a talk that captivated the audience and doing it effortlessly. Keep those dreams alive; you can do it!

    Janel - you know me too well. LOL. Ooo...I like the idea that by putting something in writing it causes it to happen. I better keep the phoneline free for Shatner's call! What a great fantasy you have - I've never been able to master high heels and I'm only 5ft.

    Old Kitty - LOL. We'll both keep our fingers-crossed! You're right; Terry Pratchet is too nice.

    MorningAJ - you'll have VIP treatment! I like your fantasy - just to be paid to write would be amazing.

    Talli - you would so look the part gliding down the red carpet. If enough of us picture it, do you think it could happen?

    Madeleine - you kick that muse up out of the dry river bed and soak it in New Year champagne - get it drunk with the prospect of all the writing opportunities that will come your way in 2011.

    Chantal - wow. I want your fantasy!

    Stephen Tremp - Quentin Tarrentino. I bow down before your fantasy!

    Carolina Valdez Miller - thank you!

  11. I would love to see one of my books as a movie and like many authors I speculate on which actors would stare as my main characters and of course there would be a line of action figures. LOL
    Another dream would be to have one of my fantasies made into a video game.

  12. That's a great fantasy and who knows? Stranger things have happened. This kind of goes with my post about visualization that I did yesterday.

    My fantasy? Get first book published, huge sales, movie rights sold, and lucrative contract signed to do 20 more books with huge advance. And the fantasy goes on from there, but I don't want to take up too much space. It's similar to my dream-- actually it's the same.

    Tossing It Out

  13. Love your fantasy, Ellie! Mine? Find an agent and get a three book deal from a major publisher so I can write full time instead of part time. *sigh* First I better finish what I started during NaNo! :)

  14. I'd love to see True Believers as a movie because that's the way I wrote it.

    But I'd be just as happy if I got a phone call from the publisher asking me when the sequel would be finished because they just discovered I had a fan club chomping at the bit for the next book. :)

  15. Hi Ellie! This is such a neat post and question for us. After really thinking it over, I'd have to say that I do not have a writing fantasy. I have my writing dream, which feels attainable to me. I believe it is possible. I agree with Janel that "Sometimes writing things down puts the universe in motion to make those dreams come true." If I don't believe in myself...who will?

  16. Thing is.... I am paid to write. But I have to write other people's words. I'm not knocking it. It's been my career and I'm good at it. But no-one's ever paid me to write MY words. It would be wonderful......

  17. Arlee Bird - I'll pop over to your blog and read your post about visualization! Your fantasy sounds similar to mine, but it's great you have it as your dream.

    Susan Gourley/Kelley - I think it must help to actually visualize an actor/actress in the main roles, though you'd have to be careful not to copy all their traits. I think I might cast my sci-fi novel - if nothing else, it would be fun! games are such a lucrative market. A great dream!

    Lisa Ricard Claro - it's the ultimate fantasy. Can you picture how great your life would be? I can.

    Maria Zannini - True Believers would be an awesome movie and it's crying out for a sequel!

    Becky - you have the perfect attitude. It sounds silly, but I tell the Universe everyday that I'm confident it will make my dreams come true!

    MorningAJ - I hope it does come true for you! I'm keeping all my fingers-crossed.

  18. Your fantasy sounds wonderful Ellie and I love how you've worked out all the details!

    My fantasy.... Well, I guess winning the Bridport Prize would be pretty good!

  19. Hi Ellie,
    Thanks for the provocative post.
    I guess my writing fantasy is to write a book that changes peoples' lives for the better.
    Donna v.

  20. I'll often replay fantasies of getting the full meal deal, book deal and movie deal and then I can quit my job and be a writer full time.

  21. Nice fantasy! I prefer to keep mine in my head *blushes*

  22. I love your fantasy! I'd just adore to be at the public library and see a kiddo sitting in a bean bag chair reading my picture book...That would be top shelf!!!

  23. Joanne Fox - thank you! Ooo...the Bridport Prize has to be the biggest short story prize in the UK. A worthy fantasy.

    irishoma - a noble fantasy!

    Patti - pray to the Universe and make it happen. I keep telling myself it will. LOL.

    Elena Solodow - LOL. I have those kinds of fantasies too!

    Sharon K. Mayhew - it would!


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