April’s prompt is,
“What is your ultimate goal as a writer?”
I think I’m making this question more “deep” than it really is. I think I’m just supposed to talk about what kind of book I want to publish, what sort of readers I want to attract, et cetera. And I will kind of mention those things as I talk about my ultimate goal, but my ultimate goal is much bigger than any of them.
“I want to go on living even after my death…”
– Anne Frank
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
– Benjamin Franklin
My ultimate goal as a write is to become kind of immortal. That sounds funny, but I think it makes sense if you think about it. Look, we’re not going to live forever. I’m also an atheist so I don’t have any sort of afterlife that I think I’ll be in someday. I have only now, but if I do something worth remembering it’s a way of living beyond death. Writing is the main thing I’m good at so that’s what I want to be remembered for.
Many years from now, maybe even centuries from today, I want people to read my books and think, “Hey, she’s a great storyteller!” or “Wow, this book really changed how I think about the world. I guess one of my goals as a writer is to write some science fiction and fantasy stuff. Maybe a mystery. I want to write humor too. Another lesser goal is to have people tell me how much they like my books.
But really, what it all comes down to is being remembered. I would love to have fans in my lifetime but what makes me smile more is the thought that maybe someday when I’m long since gone because I never did figure out how to make Horcruxes, people will still think, “Wow, that nevillegirl is a great writer.” I WILL DEFEAT YOU, DEATH, EVEN IF I DON’T HAVE YOUR INVISIBILITY CLOAK.
Bonus points if you get the reference in the title of this post.
Want to follow our blog chain? Here are the participating parties, day by day:
26th – http://anqiyu.wordpress.com/
29th – http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/ (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain.)