In my last semester of college, I participated in one of the most influential classes of my university career: Senior Theatre Capstone. It was a discussion course required to graduate with a theatre degree (every arts degree had one: I took something similar for my English degree). It was lead by the department head and a person I considered a mentor, and for the first time in the department, I got to express myself fully as an adult and as a theatre person.
Now, this being college theatre, there was no greater crime than selling out. Cats was just about to wrap its run on Broadway and it was the constant example of what theatre should not be. I'm not going to go back down that road, at least not today. There was a day in that capstone class where we went out to enjoy the sun. We sat in a circle and the professor asked, "You're about to finish school and head out into the theatre world. What is your biggest fear?"
Mine? "I want to be famous, and I don't know if it's wrong to want it."
The answer (which was obvious): Will you write if you're not famouse? (Of course.) Then it's not a bad thing.
Jennifer Hiller posted the inverse question over on Killer Chicks:
What's your writing dream?
Mine? I want a sub-genre. Sure success and movies and merchandising would be awesome. But that's all short-term. I want a subgenre.
Who made epic fantasy? Tolkien1
Who made sword & sorcery? Howard
Who made ______? Selby
That's what I want. I don't know what _______ is yet, but I call dibs.
1 Whether Tolkien actually created epic fantasy, he is the popular answer to the question.