I spend a lot of time watching my kids, dreaming about their futures, and trying not to project my own hopes. Will they be doctors, dancers, artists, Supreme Court Justices, or none of the above? Will their greatest talent turn into their calling, or will the thing that annoys me most about them enable their future success? After all, calling my daughter "bossy" is just another way of saying she has "leadership skills." If you ask me, however, I'd have to say my kid is going to be a best-selling author some day.
Sure, if you ask for her opinion she's going to tell you she'll be an engineer or princess, or a vampire princess witch (which, incidentally, was also her Halloween costume last year). But, if you look at the other signs – her talents, skills, areas of interest, and attitude – she's definitely bound to be a writer like her mother.
I am not sure if she'll write fiction or non-fiction. On one side, she shows so much artistic talent and creativity that I sometimes wonder if she's my child. She loves pretend play and making up stories. She's a prolific liar and seems to enjoy pulling a fast one on both her siblings (and her parents) much to our dismay. She has strong opinions about the plot lines and holes of the books she reads and movies she watches, always having ideas about how to make them better or more realistic. Perhaps the most telling, however; she's super intense and emotional and constantly feeling things to the very core of her tiny, artistic being.
On the other hand, she's also extremely persuasive and a bit of a know-it-all. She craves to learn about how things work and will tell you endlessly about what she learns; whether you want to hear about it or not. She has the same drive for gaining knowledge that caused me to sit in front of the bookshelf of World Book Encyclopedias in our dining room, and look up topics from A to Z, when I was her age. That drive to learn, paired with passion for sharing new-found knowledge with others, might just make her the next self-help guru or scientific mastermind.
Whether she becomes the next J.K. Rowling, Margaret Atwood, Carl Sagan, or Deepak Chopra, my daughter shows clear signs that she has the potential to be a best-selling author someday.