We’re in it for the money, right? Or is it to become famous? Or do we want a bunch of fans chasing us down to our book signings? Or nothing like that? We all have a goal in mind for our writing. This week’s question comes from H. Anthe Davis.
Question 21: What is your ultimate goal with your writing? Fame, fortune, changing the world?
Again, I don’t seem to have a choice in the matter: I’m a novelist. I have a hard time writing anything between 500 and 50,000 words. Being a novelist I suppose if any of it’s going to be read, and read widely (which is what I hope) fame and fortune are the consequence. I want neither. What I would like is to be able to write, to be read, and to be financially comfortable… and have at least enough money to travel. Okay, so I guess you could say book signings all over the globe wouldn’t be a bad thing… 😀
I was corrupt before I had power, and rich is better.
To tell a good story that makes the reader cry, laugh, and think.
It would sound presumptious to speak of this on a large scale, but I do like the idea that my stories might change the world to the extent that they are read.
To me, fame would just be a means to reaching more readers.
I want to get my name out there and see what happens. Much like the “one-day” writer mentioned in NaNoWriMo’s manifesto, I want to “have written” something. I want to “have written” several somethings. I don’t expect, nor do I need, to become the next J.K. Rowling, but I like the idea of it.
Mostly, I write simply because I love it, it’s cathartic, and it excites me. It’s one of my favorite things to do, even if I’m writing something that I know no one is ever going to read.
That said, if we’re going to talk about “ultimate” goals, I would love to reach a point in my life in which I can just write…with no day job. Right now I work as an industrial instrumentation technician, traveling to and from the Alberta oil sands while working hard to pay off the last of our debts: the house. When that hurdle is crossed our day-to-day costs reduce significantly, and my husband and I aren’t the kind of people who spend a ton of money on frivolous things. Therefore, when the day comes that our house is paid off and we have a little money set aside for emergencies, I would love to take some time off to just work on my writing, build my readership, and get to the point that I can actually make a decent wage from doing what I love to do best.
So, ultimate goal? Being able to actually write as my living, without worrying that it’s going to push my family into financial ruin.
Ultimate goal makes it sound so intentional. I like to put the stories in my head onto the page and share them with others. While I do like to get paid, I don’t expect to make a lot of money or create any big world changing movements. Both are welcome, but I’m caught somewhere between realistic and pessimism. If I have to claim a goal it would be to find people who enjoy my writing and keep the bad reviews to a minimum.
My goals seem to change regularly. Up to recently, I’ve been writing just for myself and a few select audience members. I’ve started to send out some short stories and am starting to think seriously about publishing one of my novels. My ultimate goal is to feel comfortable calling myself a writer… but I’m yet to decide precisely what that looks like!
I would like to say I wanna change the world, but I’m far too frightened to do such a thing. I just wanna entertain. I wanna read the books I don’t get to read by reading other writers’ works. I wanna change my world. Keep it dirty and nummy and twisted. And, honestly, I wanna keep my sanity. Have you ever tried to keep a true writer from writing? It’s torture…
Frankly, the thing I want most in the world is fanfiction. Even if it’s bad. I want someone else to love my characters enough that they want to throw them into ridiculous, dramatic, romantic or alternate-universe situations just so they can have fun writing them. I have fun writing them; why wouldn’t I want that for others? And I would read the fanfiction and laugh maniacally and then go sink some ‘ships.
I have two answers to this. My dream answer and my realistic answer.
I dream to sell a lot of books. Not to become famous, not to get rich, but to have my stories read. I want to have people enjoy what I read. Of course, I’d like to make enough money to live on writing alone, and have extra for things like travel.
My realistic answer is very similar, to be honest. I just want to entertain people and hopefully make some money to supplement my main job income. I don’t plan on this replacing my job entirely. It’s rare for any author to be able to write full time.
But I guess my real ultimate goal is to write full time. Why? Because I enjoy it.
How about you?
If you write, or you want to write, what is your ultimate goal? Leave your answers in the comments below.
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My original goal in writing was to see my name on the cover of a book: to actually hold in my hands something that started off in my head. Now that I’ve accomplished that goal, I suppose I just want it to be read. I don’t care who, although it would be freakin’ awesome if someone famous read it: an actor, musician, or big name author … How epic would it be to have a book review from Tom Hiddleston or J.K. Rowling? But realistically, I just want people to read and hopefully enjoy my books. That’s it. 🙂
I’d love to have a big name review my books. That would be incredible, I think.
I love to write. I never said I was any good with it, but I do love to write. I love words. I have been happy to write all kinds of things. I’ve been published before years ago with poetry and a story or two. I write with the goal to bring myself some peace and joy.
I started to share my work as a way to challenge myself and grow as a writer. That is my goal. Inside of this goal is my hope that should someone read my words, they will find entertainment.
That’s a good way to think about it. Just do it for yourself.
These are some of my favorite answers, I think. I like the fanfiction one. Maybe I’ll have to read some of their books and write some fanfics for them. >:3
Ahem. I am an adult, I swear.
I’ve read fanfiction. It’s interesting how terrible some can be, while others can be as good as novels.
Oh man, I love a good fanfic. It’s what basically got me into seriously writing fiction in the first place.
Although I read fanfics, what got me into writing is actual novels. I blame Anne McCaffrey, to be exact.
Well, not really, but yeah hahah.
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I write because I like writing, and if what I write brings pleasure to those who read it, that’s good too. I have no interest whatsoever in fame, which is an annoying by-product of writing.
Fame brings things like having to talk to people. Writers don’t like talking, isn’t that right? Or do they? Well, I don’t mind talking to people, just as long as I don’t have to answer “So, you’re a writer? What are you writing?”
I want to become ridiculously rich through helping other authors make their stories shiny and perfect. (Everyone EXPECTS me to say that, right? “Mercenary Proofreader” and all…)
Actually, I want my all clone’s novels to get written, and I want those novels to be popular and successful so there will be a large audience for MY novels, too, since everything either of us writes is tied to all the rest of it. I don’t want anyone writing fan fiction about my characters, but if my writing inspires others to write their own stories, that would be awesome. And I suppose it would be awesome if my stories inspired fan ART. Or fans dressing up as characters from my stories at conventions.
Fan art and cosplay! The ultimate goal of any fantasy and science fiction author, right? 🙂
Well, yeah. ‘Cause if they’re doing it, it won’t seem so weird if I do it, too.
True. Though I don’t think I could do cosplay. Been to Star Trek conventions, but as me.
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I think it’s good to have your “ultimate goal” higher than your actual expectations, as long as you can avoid confusing the two.
Earning a living from my writing would be great, but when it comes down to it, I just want to leave something behind.
Sounds like a pretty popular answer. I just want to make some kind of impact on people, that’s all.
My goal, as Flogging Molly sang it, get out of this world alive. Perhaps if I’m in a book that could happen. 🙂
So, you want to travel to another world through writing? 🙂
That sums it up pretty well!
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