Happy Wednesday, everyone! Monday gave you guys a little idea of what I enjoy writing. It only makes sense to use day two to explain why I write. Despite mentioning a thing or two in my previous post, I want to take today to elaborate on what my goals are for my writing itself as well as my career overall.
Read on to learn my purpose and goals for writing. Maybe we can have a discussion in the comments about yours, as well!
1. Recognition for Talents I Used to Hide
This one is a little bit vain compared to my other points and perspectives, but I feel like it is a given for any writer. If you believe in your work and know you have a talent, you want other people to recognize it and feel as good about you as you do about yourself (at least most of the time). And I, personally, used to think I stunk at writing and never let a soul read it up until college. Now that I have more confidence, I would love continuing to feel pride in my skills and my works.
2. Continuously Improve & Provide Quality and Impactful Work
When I first began writing, I was young; of course, I lacked any real aim for my writing other than to just tell some sort of story or let out how miserable and emotional I was before I hurt myself. As I continued studying and practicing (especially during my time at university), I realized not only how much work and skill-honing goes into creating a good story, but also how much life experience plays a part.
Your writing improves over time as long as you continue doing it. However, I notice a lot more substance in the words I share after going through more in life. I always loved writing, but I am able to implement more realism and genuineness due to life experience. Rather than sounding like an angsty teen, my writing makes you feel that I have been there before in some fashion.
As far as the actual skills implemented, I see improvement in my poetry meter, my more realistic play dialogue, and my sentence syntaxes amongst other techniques. Years after I took college writing courses, I still carry those lessons and put them to use to better myself. (I hope I can share some tips and techniques further on here and credit the wonderful people who taught me best, too.)
3. Bring People Together Through Human Experiences
The world today puts a lot of focus on different groups, different beliefs, and fighting about all of these differences. Some authors like to write fantasy novels or science fiction to create a world of their own to help others escape, and it does work. (H.P. Lovecraft is one of my favorite writers ever.) However, there can also be solace in reading something you can relate to in their own life, which is the avenue I take with my writing.
My goal is to make readers feel something. It does not necessarily have to be what I intend on readers feeling when I write the work. As long as they can feel and relate, my words did their job. People spend so much time keeping feelings bottled up that I want them to feel whatever they need to feel at that time. It is okay to have feelings.
The most important goal of making my work evoke emotions is bringing people back together after hearing so many differences between us from the media and other sources. We all experience emotions and events within the realm of relatability, so why not live in it just long enough to understand it before going about the day? I like the thought of that.
4. Give a Realistic Experience of Life with Mental Illnesses (Not Romanticized in Any Fashion)
Romanticizing mental illness is an issue works of any media sort sometimes contain. There is not much control over how the reader perceives it and whether they romanticize it or not. However, I use language to paint a portrait of my own mental health struggles in a darker, heavier light that feels too burdensome to want to bear. (When I have miserable days nowadays, I can’t imagine living that way every day like I did before I started taking care of things almost three years ago.)
Poetic language can sound poetic, but the feelings and message should also be so painfully vivid that you would not wish the struggle on another person. Many people I see online share writings about depression and anxiety (amongst other mental disorders) almost trying to make themselves seem “edgy” or “unique” somehow. I want to prove, just like numerous other writers, that no one is cool or cute when they do that.
Read our work closely. Feel our pain in the depths of your spirit and take it in. Then you will change your tune a bit and realize you do not want to live that way.
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What are your goals for your writing? What kinds of emotions or goals are you looking for as a reader? Let’s start a discussion in the comments below and keep it going.