What do you hope to achieve with your writing?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

After the wonderful responses to 'Why do you write?' I thought I'd ask all you writers (aspiring and published) another question about you and your writing. Everyone wants different things out of their writing, and writes for different reasons. Every writer wants to achieve something different.

What do you hope to achieve with your writing?
I still have the same goals for my writing as I did before I had an agent and a book deal...

1. I want to be able to financially support myself through writing. That won't be just novel writing, and it won't be something I'll be able to achieve for years, and I'll probably have to survive on tin spaghetti for my entire adult life, but that's my goal. I don't want a six-figure advance or to have my book be the next Twilight. I'm pretty happy being the first Steph Bowe, even if she does survive on tin spaghetti.

2. I want to affect people. This is probably a ridiculous thing to want, but I'll mention it anyway. I feel isolated as a person. I feel very different from all of my friends. I'm going to use being a writer as an excuse for being a tortured soul, which is a total cop-out, I know. I hope that people who feel the same way I do are out there, even though I haven't met any of them. If a teenager (or older person) who feels like this picks up a book of mine and is able, if only in a really tiny way, to feel as if they aren't such a freak, they aren't as different as they think, someone else feels as terrible as they do every day, and it makes them feel a little better, knowing they're not alone, I'll feel good. I like to imagine that something like this will happen to someone, and it makes me feel as if my life has purpose, if I can affect someone else.

As I said, it's a ridiculous thing to want, but anything that keeps you getting up every morning, no matter how ridiculous, must be a good thing, right?

My writing is something that is an inextricable part of who I am and affects every facet of my life. I don't have a whole lot of life goals. I don't want to go skydiving or conquer a mountain or have seven children or attend a special university. I want to be happy, I want to stay close to my family, I want to be able to make a living out of writing. That's it. That's all I want.

So, tell me - what do you hope to achieve with your writing?

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