The Last Enemy That Shall Be Destroyed Is Death – Teens Can Write, Too! April 2013 Blog Chain


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.

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About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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16 Responses to The Last Enemy That Shall Be Destroyed Is Death – Teens Can Write, Too! April 2013 Blog Chain

  1. Artgirl says:

    I get that reference! Or rather, I get that the reference is from something I’ve heard many times, and it’s on the tip of my tounge, but I can’t remember what it is.

  2. Artgirl says:

    No wait! I remember now! It’s from Harry Potter and the Bible. Corinthians, I believe.

  3. orphu44 says:

    The reference was just in the title, eh? Nothing else related to Deathly Hallows whatsoever?
    And darn it, I forgot to sign up for this month’s blog chain. But I do agree that your writing having an effect on people who would otherwise have no connection to you at all is a nice thought. Although, oddly enough, I don’t link myself to my writing as much as you’d expect.
    Disregard that last sentence if it made no sense.

  4. Charley R says:

    Harry Potter references ERRYWHEEEEERE!
    What a fantastic topic – and a pretty fantastic post, too! Wish I’d had a chance to join in this month’s chain. Ah, curse revision!

  5. Very interesting post. So you don’t just want to affect people or write well, as others might, but you want enduring fame. Very, very interesting…

    • nevillegirl says:

      Well, I want to affect people and hopefully I’d do that BY writing well.

      It’s not so much being famous, just… being remembered.

      • Miss Alexandrina says:

        It’s human nature, actually, to want to be remembered for having some sort of legacy or affect on the world – be it the kind of written fame of Tolkien or the tangible memory of, say, a Mother Superior in a Catholic community.
        That is one curse of the gift of reason. If we were only animals, then memorability would matter little…

  6. I like this! 🙂 I too would love to be remembered because of a book I wrote….

  7. Leinad says:

    Without looking at the other comments, I got the reference. Harry Potter! I think probably book 7, but I’m not sure.

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