When I started writing as a career and not just as a hobby, I had a definite vision in my head of where I wanted to be. I wrote a book that I thought was wonderful. (It was awful.) I got feedback from a multi-published author and revised before querying agents. I had dreams of finding an agent and landing a big book deal. Instead, I ended up completely rewriting the book. Completely. Blank document. New characters. New genre. I don't even know why I call it the same book because it's not.
My dream didn't happen the way I'd planned. But I adapted and created a new plan. While querying with a much better book. (Seriously, it really was light years better.) I began writing picture books and almost immediately landed a contract. Well, that wasn't exactly my dream, but I went with it. And later I did find my amazing agent. And I did land a book deal. Only it wasn't for that book. It wasn't even for the next book I'd written after it.
What's the point of all this? I keep trying to figure out where I see myself ending up as a writer, but really I don't have a clue. I keep trying to better myself and fulfill my dreams, but really, where I'll end up is a mystery. And I'm okay with that. As long as I'm writing, I'm happy.
Where do you see yourself as a writer? Have you changed your dreams along the way?