Writing Goals

February 11

I was thinking about this recently; thinking about what I want to work on as a writer. Not questioning my reasons for writing, but jotting down some notes about where I want to go, so that I can brainstorm and get a better, clearer, grasp on the next project. The next idea that I can flesh out and bring to life.

That was the inspiration for this warmup, which I thought would be appropriate to ask of others as well. Partly because I’m interested in what other people have to say, and partly because I’m curious to see where other people want to go (I’m hoping the difference is clear to someone besides myself *grin*.)


  • I want to explore (originally typed as ‘explode’) different applications of magic that I have not seen printed before.Scrying as a method for voyeurism, animating golems for pleasure, creating armies of elemental golems, etc. are some of the elements that I’ve worked on/planned to date.
  • I want to focus on different creatures / explore less commonly used mythology.There’s a lot of vampire/werewolf fiction floating around lately… and while I can work with this by striking out in a new direction as mentioned below, I also want to work in less contested areas.
  • I want to, as a writer, bring something new to the table.Too much of what I see is re-hashed basics. Not that there isn’t room for it, but I want to do something new. People say that everything’s been done before, that nothing is new. I don’t agree. Just because it may have been done before, doesn’t mean that it can’t be new. Like a used car isn’t new, but it’s new to you… something that’s been around before, but not really seen… can be new to the readers.

    New depends on point of view. I want to challenge yours.

  • I want to shed new light on old subjects by turning the status quo on its head, shaking things up and leaving them upside down.One of my favorite series recently is by Chris Golden and has a completely different take on vampires– known as shadows. He interweaves the common myth with something new and uses the common myth as a plot device that limits the abilities of the shadows… and then he lets them overcome it.
  • I want to describe portray the trials and joys of unique and believable characters.Characters are what I remember best about a book. I may not remember the title, and I may not remember their names, but I remember what they do, and how they react, and what made them feel alive. If my characters don’t do that, I’m doing something very wrong.

    Characters drive the story in my writing, or they should. The plot comes about as a result of the actions of my characters– my characters are not molded by the plot but mold the plot instead.

  • I want my works to have the vivid emotional impact upon my readers that some of my favorite books inspire in me.There are books that I can read, and reread, and reread again, that make me cry every single time that I do. I want that. If I can provoke that kind of reaction, then I’ve dug down deep enough inside myself to tell you a story that is worth the time to tell it. And worth your hard-earned money.
  • I want to up the stakes– both for myself and for the genres I write in (or even the industry as a whole).I want my work to have an impact… not just on my readers, but on other authors as well.
  • I want to manage my time better so that I can work a full-time job and be a productive writer on the way to publication at the same time.We all have problems with finding time for writing. Even when I was unemployed I still had trouble finding enough time for writing. It seems like the amount of free time available never truly expands; something else always expands to take up any slack instead. Partly this is due to procrastination; partly this is due to certain things that need to be changed, and I need to make those changes happen.



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