1. Write the Great American Novel.
  2. Remain calm when a bidding war erupts over the right to publish aforementioned novel.
  3. Deposit most of the six-figure check from Doubleday or Bantam (TBD).
  4. Remember to thank family when accepting Pulitzer Prize.
  5. Stay humble when movie rights are sold.
  6. Time-share a private jet instead of buying one outright.
  7. Work on follow-up novel.*

*Once renovations are complete on new home in Malibu.