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What (if any) impact would sudden wealth have on the presence of writing in your life?
If tomorrow you won the lotto or were given an extravagant inheritance, would you continue to write the way you do now? Would you continue a variety of writing projects online, or would you chuck it all and write the novel you've been dreaming of? Or would you keep writing at all?
I would certainly keep writing, but...since I'd no longer have to make writing pay the bills, I'd definitely change. Maybe a book, though I already have one underway -- I'm thinking travel writing. The only reason I don't do travel writing is because I'm too broke to travel, but I'd LOVE to write about places all over the world, review a ton of cruise lines and "tourist experiences," profile the culture differences in other countries vs here, and maybe find additional inspiration with greater exposure to the world.
Since I'm already a published novelist, I imagine sudden wealth would give me the means in which to buy a fancier brand of coffee. I would also buy a cabin up in the woods, away from the noisy neighbors that tend to interrupt my Muse. But other than this, it wouldn't change much about my writing. Well, I guess I could buy more promotions and hire a decent agent. And oh yes, advertising space on a HUGE billboard here in my home town, situated in a locale all the snooty evangelicals have to pass on their way to church, where I'm sure they pray for my mortal soul every Sunday :0
I would without shame self-publish at great expense all the books I've already written. This would include fiction and non-fiction, essays, short stories poems and everything that I really would like lots of people to read - that's how vain I am.
In addition to this, if money were really no object - I'm talking hundreds of millions of dollars here - I'd have my three film scripts made into movies and directed by the top directors, the parts acted by the best actors.
However, knowing me, I'd continue to write. And whoopee dooo! I'd know that I could have all of the stuff I'm still writing published. I would, in fact, be let loose on an unsuspecting public.
But what would you do?
I am with wychic, I would keep on writing and let my CPA and banker handle the wealth. I know that I would help my church with some secret donations, and the Jimmy Hale Mission in Birmingham, Alabama who feeds and clothes the homeless and to a children's home I know in a nearby town. Other than this, I might get myself a newer laptop.
I'd be writing even more. If I won or inherited enough I didn't have to work a full-time job, that eight hours would become my writing time. No more being only to write a couple of hours a night.
I often daydream about this scenario. I love writing, but in order to sustain it I need to work a day job that I hate. Actually, hate isn't a strong enough word. I LOATHE and DETEST my day job. I've described it as venom in my veins, discouraging me and weakening me every passing moment. And, for the last ten years, I've been trying to write a best seller before that venom finally claims me. So far, it's not working out so great, so I will just have to keep fantasizing. So, in answer to your question, yes would keep writing. If anything, I would write more and feel better about what I was writing. With that much money I might take more breaks than I need, but my career goals probably wouldn't change.
If, if money were no issue for me, I would travel so I could write about the places I visit. Much of my writing has been about the places I have lived and traveled to. I would also have more funds to publish. Wouldn't that be great? We can dream can't we?
I'd get back to writing more for Hub Pages and my blog, and spend more time on the Ms's I've had to put down for a while.
I would travel abroad briefly until I found a particularly poor group of people who, by virtue of needing to extend their wage packets, would be up for anything.
Having greased their grubby little palms with enough Pounds Sterling, Dollars or Euros for them to undertake any form of nefarious activities, I would :
A. Make sure they had the intelligence and cunning to perpetrate any form of crime - the nastier the better.
B. Make sure that if they were caught they wouldn't have enough information on my good self to point any fingers.
C. Give them the name, address and personal information on my ex-chum,
D. Casually mention to the above mentioned poor criminal types that the world would be a much nice place if my ex-chum (see C above) were to die in a (preferably) nasty manner.
E. Sit back and wait for any bad news or perhaps read the obituary columns of the local press.
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