What is your ultimate goal as a writer?
I think every writer is going to have a similar first thought: I want to be published, of course. Shouldn’t that be obvious? And it is obvious, but I started to think a bit more about it. Why do I write? WHY? So I’ve come up with about four things that I want to achieve as a writer.
1) For people to read my stories. This is also a goal of many writers, and it’s something that I’m already experiencing today. Because of amazing critique partners, writer friends and real life friends, I’ve already had people read my stories.
2) To write in more than one genre. At the moment I write a great deal of contemporary, but I’ve also dabbled in fantasy. I like writing for both MG and YA, and I’d love to publish in both areas. Everything I write somehow ends up being comedy, and comedy in fantasy is something that appeals to me a great deal.
3) To get a job as some sort of writer. I don’t mind if it’s a novelist, or an editor, or a literary agent, or a journalist – I would just love to be able to write as a profession…and be able to sustain myself on that.
4) My ultimate goal is to keep writing, just because I have to. I think that if I never get published, I will still write. It’s what calms me and excites me at the same time. I like creating characters and watching them suffer (oops, that’s my inner sadist coming out). I like being surprised by my story. I like watching my characters grow.
I guess that sometimes I get caught up in imagining the future. As John Green’s wife Sarah said, “imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia.” At the risk of sounding incredibly corny, I think it’s enough just to plod along at my desk, typing things that may never make it into a book. It’s enough just to write and entertain myself…for now, at least. That may change.
As a teenager, I have the tremendous power of being able to experiment. If I try to write a dystopian MG comedy and fall flat on my face (not that I would ever attempt to write something like that), it won’t matter, because my mum pays the bills. So I can experiment in different genres, styles and forms, and not feel pressured to make something good.
To all the teen writers out there: keep writing. And don’t ever stop.
Others participating in the TCWT blog chain:
26th – http://anqiyu.wordpress.com/
27th – http://bloodoverithaca.wordpress.com/
29th – http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/ (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain)