“What is your ultimate goal as a writer?”
“But we’re so careful to put a moral into them all, Marilla,” explained Anne. “I insist upon that. All the good people are rewarded and all the bad ones are suitably punished. I’m sure that must have a wholesome effect. The moral is the great thing. Mr. Allan says so. I read one of my stories to him and Mrs. Allan and they both agreed that the moral was excellent. Only they laughed in the wrong places. I like it better when people cry. Jane and Ruby almost always cry when I come to the pathetic parts. Diana wrote her Aunt Josephine about our club and her Aunt Josephine wrote back that we were to send her some of our stories. So we copied out four of our very best and sent them. Miss Josephine Barry wrote back that she had never read anything so amusing in her life. That kind of puzzled us because the stories were all very pathetic and almost everybody died. But I’m glad Miss Barry liked them. It shows our club is doing some good in the world. . . .”
Is this my goal is a writer? Like young Anne’s, to bring morals into stories, and have them be “doing some good in the world”?
I’m not sure. Partly. Sometimes. Sometimes I write and hope the stories will touch people’s hearts, and inspire them to understand my view, or the beauty of the world. Sometimes I want them to understand the different kinds of heartache people feel–sometimes this heartache is something they would disprove of. The heartache of loving your own gender, of being a ‘wrong’ religion, or of being kicked of land and treated as though you’re the invaders.
But sometimes I write because I’m selfish. I love to see the words forming worlds of steam, fluffy romances, and young detectives.
My goal is sometimes just entertain myself. Like a TV show, writing in a roleplay(John, me and Jasmine shall try to get you that post!) makes me laugh, cry and sometimes just marvel at the worlds we have created. It makes me proud, and I feel like we deserve a fan Tumblr. I’ve made friends on there, ones that I will treasure forever–some of us talk about anything and everything, others I mainly just roleplay with.
But this isn’t about roleplaying.
Sometimes I write because, heck, I always wanted to write a book with Sherlock Holmes having a cameo, and sometimes I just want to write because the world is just beautiful and I want to write something inspiring, and sometimes I feel like I want to slam my computer screen down because the news is just so depressing and then I write.
I guess my goal is…to make people…enjoy. listen. and read.
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)