When I was an athlete, my coach encouraged me to write down my top three goals each year. He'd look at them, then tell me to reach even higher. If you don't aim high, you'll never know if you can get there, he'd say.
At the risk of turning this post into lyrics from a 1980s boy band, I'm going to take those lessons learned and apply them to my writing and my life. Today's Ten for Tuesday will be all about my dreams, because I do believe there's nothing wrong with wanting to reach the top -- as long as you don't rely solely on luck to get you there.
1. I want one of my books to be on The Times (or The New York Times) bestsellers list.
2. I'd love one of my books to be in the Top 10 on Amazon for at least a month.
3. I'd like to be able to make a living from my writing so I don't have to rely on my husband's income.
4. I'd like women to write to me and tell me how much they enjoy reading my books!
5. At some point in my novel-writing career, I want to have a swanky, Martini-fuelled book launch in a fab location with all of my friends and family.
6. I want to have a country house (one of those small cottages with a thatched roof) in Castle Combe -- or somewhere with a small tinkling stream in the back garden. Sigh!
7. I want to be able to eat vanilla sponge cake with cream-cheese frosting every day and not gain weight.
8. I'd love my husband's film to be purchased by a major distributor and for him to have a massive debut in the West End and walk the red carpet.
9. I want to have great ideas for new novels every week.
10. I want to be happy, healthy, sane and mobile until... well, until my time is up.
Wow, that didn't take long!
What are your dreams, in life or in writing?
(And on the topic of dreams, here's one that's coming true: the blurb for my debut novel The Hating Game is now up on Amazon!)