Originally Posted by chorse123
Writing long fiction is incredibly difficult to do well. Beyond the difficulty, it takes real dedication, which might not come so easy with $50 mil in the bank and all the world in which to play.
No. Writing long fiction is incredibly easy when you're talented, and impossible otherwise. Dedication is not even necessary, Cervantes had better to do than writing and he wrote.
With $50m I would breathe clean air in my stunning Parisian town house, eat vegetables and red roast beef, shag my wife and other people too (I'm single), have a chauffeur and 24 servants with matching wigs to fulfil my merest needs, have also ten suits tailored (six for winter use, four for summer use) and three tuxedos, buy incunabula & publish luxury books, and sleep whenever I can. There's nothing more I desire, I still would write with a $15 fountain pen, swallow silly medicines and stay away from the herd (no parties, no orgy, no schemers), I still wouldn't travel nor have a cell phone to answer my nonexistent friends. Actually I'd study all day, and learn how to play harpischord - don't ask why.
I'd give $20m for business, $10m for the town house, $5m for bought books, $1m for a bespoke car, and die with the rest.