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“It is good to have an end to journey toward, 

but it is the journey that matters in the end.” 

                                                                           Ursula le Guin


Greetings all!

You may remember such experiments at the beginning of the year where we asked everyone to share a little about themselves to seek out and link up with fellow writers with similar interests or the in depth look at the literature community on deviantART, well this is the next article in that series! We're going back to you as individuals, but asking you not to consider yourself as the person on deviantART for x hours each week, but to look at yourself as the writer, your journey so far and where your future goals really lie. This isn't just about "I want to get published", but mapping out how you are going to get to those end goals and starting to take a more realistic view of your work. 

You might be someone who is actually confident you have a planned journey ahead and you know what your end goals are- be it publishing, pleasure, wanting a DD or even writing daily. You might be the complete opposite where you haven't really thought about this- something we are going to get you to think about today.

A lot of people join deviantART looking for something to help them with their journey. Most, if not all want some kind of feedback- some to know whether their work is liked by others and others to see how they can improve. Others use it as a showcase of their work, or to network with other writers, or to find a solution to the "block". There is no right or wrong intention (though sometimes the execution doesn't always work).

On the Road by CreamyJem



Your Journey So Far...


We all know what we've done- what we've learnt and achieved to be the writer we consider ourselves today. Most of us can remember the first time we took interest in writing and what encouraged us to continue. Without over-sharing, have a think about now about those key moments that mapped your path as a writer- what were they and how did they affect and change the way not only write, but plan and operate too. What was it about those moments that created an impact?


Your Current Crossroads...


We're all at a point in this metaphorical writers journey and whatever point this is, there's decisions and commitments to be made. However these are the point where there may be unsurity, a lack of knowledge or a lost sense of direction. What can we do to get back on this perhaps is somewhere you need help, which is why the community around you is actually an essential resource. You may be more optimistic about your crossroad, and the decision may be about your career or what to write next.


Goal. by Linek


Your Goals...


There is a difference between a realistic life goal and a dream. To get to your goal you have to work hard and commit to it, whereas dreams are the desires we have but no clear goals in place to achieve those dreams. How many of you have said you would like to get published "one day"- have you considered what published actually means? Do you dream of your book sat top of the best-seller lists or would you be happy if a book sold even one copy? When you dream of people liking your work, what are you committing to make that happen? 


Take responsibility...


You are accountable for your own goals. You won't achieve anything with excuses and pessimistic statements such as "I will never get there", because the person holding you back is you. If you need help, don't be afraid to ask, but understand what you are asking and think what you could do before you ask (hello google!). It doesn't matter where you are on your journey, you control the crossroads and where they are going. 

Without sounding too hippy; you need to empower yourself!




Questions for you about your own journey


Please have a think about the above and I'd would like for you to share your thoughts in the comments as well as answering the below:

:bulletorange: What is your dream as a writer?
:bulletorange: Where do you realistically want to be as a writer? 
:bulletorange: How do you plan to get to those goals?
:bulletorange: What do you need to meet those plans?
:bulletorange: What help or advise would you like?


Lets get tough!


Like all of the "experimental" articles, I want to encourage you all to respond to each other as much as possible. 

I don't just want you to answer the questions or needs for help, but I want you to challenge people. It's time to stretch people beyond their statements and make them think beyond what they're writing here. Ask them more questions, be curious about what they are saying and push them to make more concrete plans that can help them meet those realistic goals. Keep the dialogue going. 

And to those looking for that help, don't just comment on your own plans, look at the other comments people are making and challenge them to. Its doesn't matter where you are on your own journey or where those people are, this is a community of mixed people- you could even learn from those you talk to!

Thank you and enjoy!



If you can share this in your groups and  journals, we would love the word spread- the more we can share this, the more people get involved!











The third in a series of articles this year experimenting the movements in the literature community on dA. This article is about your journey as a writer and the goals you have with your work- where are you going?
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional
Bullet; Orange What is your dream as a writer?
I'd like to have a poem - just one for each publication - that gets into Poetry Magazine, Paris Review and New Yorker. Seriously, beyond that it's all gravy.

Bullet; Orange Where do you realistically want to be as a writer? 
I don't have any pretense of making a living off of creative writing. I'd love to get the opportunity to branch my current local marketing/PR consulting work to include more writing elements (writing spin is just as fun as writing poetry), which is doable with a little effort.

Bullet; Orange How do you plan to get to those goals?
1) Keep writing mediocre poems and publishing them until I can write something that sticks for one of the prestige mags.
2) Hire some damn staff so I can make them do all the flowcharting-and-dogfucking work while I do the enjoyable stuff.

Bullet; Orange What do you need to meet those plans?
To get off of my own ass and write more/land more contracts, really. It's all on me. :u

Bullet; Orange What help or advise would you like?
What in the actual hell do other people do to get around blocks, that aren't just tacky "make yourself write words because words are words even if they're crappy words!" hugfests, or prompts (which are useless to me if I'm not feeling an inner voice to work into them)?
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LightMyPassage Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:bulletorange: What is your dream as a writer?
I would like for other people to enjoy reading what I enjoy writing. But it's hard getting to the point where other people are actually able to read what I write, because I never feel it's ready. I want it to be perfect, and I fear this is some of those cases where being a perfectionist can work as much with you, as against you.
:bulletorange: Where do you realistically want to be as a writer? 
It's hard to name a realistic goal, when you know how few people actually make it as a professional author. I'd just like to be able to write, I guess. To write good stuff, that I can be proud of.
:bulletorange: How do you plan to get to those goals?
I would love to spend all my time writing, planning and scheming for my characters and plots. But sometimes, real-life can get in the way. So I just need to find the time to fulfill my hobby, and at the same time, have a steady income.
:bulletorange: What do you need to meet those plans?
First off, I'd like to get my degree. Even if I don't get offered a job, at least there's a stability I can get back to. I guess I'll just have to find or make the time to write.
:bulletorange: What help or advise would you like?
So far, the journals you're coming up with at CRLiterature are helping me out a lot.
 
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Writing is easily one of those places where perfectionism works against you (in my experience, writing and uni are the worst for that).

:hug: Making time for writing around the stability stuff is hard.
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013   Writer
Bullet; OrangeWhat is your dream as a writer?
Well, a dream is such a word I'd always love to avoid, just like passion and such, but I'm almost finished with the first version of my first collection of poetry, which still needs a lot of rewriting. I think it'll be publishable in the end, so it's pretty much that thing: having that bitch published at a good publisher, with shine and such.
Bullet; Orange Where do you realistically want to be as a writer?
I think it's possible, but I still have to get some more attention. I think there'll possibly be some more magazine publications between now and a year or something.
Bullet; Orange How do you plan to get to those goals?
Those magazine publications and keeping on doing readings.
Bullet; Orange What do you need to meet those plans?
Good question. Maybe some networking and a lot of rewriting to be sure my poems are as good as they can be.
Bullet; Orange What help or advise would you like?
It's a narrative poem sequence, so I'm not sure if every poem is really good as a stand-alone or is only interesting in the light of the rest of the story. It's like the record label who say: 'Nice record, but I don't hear a single', that thing. Or something.
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glossolalias Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013

Bullet; Orange What is your dream as a writer?
eh this is just a hobby for now. i don't really have a specific "dream" but if my poems were studied in classes like, one hundred years from now, and i could haunt the classroom that'd be pretty cool. or if i wrote the next teen novel turned blockbuster and was rolling in millions. that'd also be pretty cool.

Bullet; Orange Where do you realistically want to be as a writer?
as i said above, it's just a hobby right now. i'll keep futzing around, editing and perfecting, and i might look to see if i can get anything published after i have my career established.

Bullet; Orange How do you plan to get to those goals?
persistence. writing often and in various genres, as well as styles and mediums. editing even more often. not abandoning work when i'm "bored" with it. continuing to develop a voice.

Bullet; Orange What do you need to meet those plans?
a lot of time. 

Bullet; Orange What help or advise would you like?
at the moment, nothing i couldn't find on my own if i wanted to.
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saltwaterlungs Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Bullet; Orange What is your dream as a writer?
I'm only fourteen, and the vast amount of future ahead of me has given me way too much to dream about. I want to be a screenplay writer and watch my world come alive, I want to write plays and watch them be performed in front of me, I want to write novels upon novels. But, most of all, I want my writing to MEAN something to people. I want them to read something and to feel moved or connected to it in some way, like I have felt reading other's books.

Bullet; Orange Where do you realistically want to be as a writer? 
I really just want to get better and, like i said above, write a lot (preferably well), but most of all, have my work mean something to people. I want them to rewrite their favorite quotes on their wrists and make tumblr posts about them, and I want them to copy my poems onto stickynotes and put them on their walls.

Bullet; Orange How do you plan to get to those goals?
First, I plan to write. A lot. ANd I also plan to rewrite even more. A lot of the time, I write something once, and then I do a quick grammar check, then post it. I want to make sure that it's perfect before I post, grammar, AND storywise. This should help me improve the quality. I also want to keep trying different genres and styles of writing until I find my forte. Experimentation, practice, and sticking to my projects and ideas.

Bullet; Orange What do you need to meet those plans?
I need to actually sit down and WRITE. I need to do everythign I can to get ideas flowing, whether it's reading or listening to music, or just asking tons of what if questions. I need to keep trying new things and try not to get stuck into the dreaded rut.

Bullet; Orange What help or advice would you like?
How often should I write? What are good ways to get inspiration? How do I deal with DEADLINES?
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your goals. :B

I think the best way to get inspiration is to first realize that it's not a guarantee, and it's not just going to fall into your lap. Inspiration comes really easy for me, though, so I'll leave it at that - never had to go looking.

How do you deal with deadlines for school?
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saltwaterlungs Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, that's like. Whoa. You answered my question with another question, and it actually answered my question very effectively? What?!
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:bow: The magic of been there, done that!
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saltwaterlungs Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Haha, thank you again!
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013   Writer
Bullet; Orange What is your dream as a writer?

My lofty dream has less to do with writing and more to do with where I want to be in life. I'd like to write a script that gets me a major award nomination, so that I can apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) UK visa, which will allow me to live and work in the same country as my boyfriend without relying on him in any means. 

Bullet; Orange Where do you realistically want to be as a writer? 

Hoping to get an American agent sometime in the next year or so (once one of my films gets produced), who can get me jobs that either pay me as I work, or pay me substantially enough upon production that I don't need to keep leeching off my parents and can focus on writing full-time. No more spec work.

Bullet; Orange How do you plan to get to those goals?

Part of it, all I can do is wait. I have no control over what's happening with my scripts right now. The other part, I need to fill my time finding more people to send scripts to, networking, heading to LA myself, generally making myself known in the industry. 

Bullet; Orange What do you need to meet those plans?

A lucky break with one of my films in development. A good kick in the arse to motivate me to talk to strangers/meet people. Some new ideas of my own to keep me creative when I'm waiting for things to happen. 

Bullet; Orange What help or advise would you like?
Tips on how to keep busy and organize my life when literally everything is dependent on unpredictability and things I can't control. :faint: 

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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
VIDEOGAMES.
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013   Writer
I AM ALL UP IN DAT SHIZNIT. 
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WHICH GAME?
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013   Writer
CURRENTLY ASSASSIN'S CREED: REVELATIONS

in 3D. Cause my parents have a 3D TV. And it's awesome. 
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
HOLY SHITE THAT MUST BE AMAZING. (I AM STILL ON BROTHERHOOD. I GOT DISTRACTED BY PROTOTYPE.)
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013   Writer
CONFESSION I HAVEN'T PLAYED THE OTHERS
I JUST SAW 3D AND WENT FUCK STORY. 
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS IS PRETTY ACCEPTABLE, ALTHOUGH THE FIRST ONE IS MY FAVORITE (OK I LIKE SIMPLE GAMES AND THE WHOLE THING WITH PIECES OF EDEN IS TOO FUCKY FOR ME)
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saltwaterlungs Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Advice: Write everything down. All of the places to need to be that day and what time, all of the people you need to see, and all of the things you need to do. Make sure that the schedule isn't super rigid either. Unpredictability messes up plans when you have too many of them. You should be able to move things without too much hassle, if you literally cannot move anything around, you have too much on your plate.
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013   Writer
:lol: I wish I had places to go and people to see. My problem is I can randomly become very busy without warning because my schedule is all dependent on other people, so I can't make any plans for the future knowing my plans will probably just get screwed over anyway. 
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saltwaterlungs Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I don't really have any advice for that because I've never dealt with that situation, but just keep flexible
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BarbecuedIguana Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Bullet; Orange What is your dream as a writer?
To make enough off of what I write to justify the time I spend writing it - and not have to kow-tow to current trends in order to do it. I have a dozen or so novel ideas I want to finish. Nothing besides this actually interests me.

Bullet; Orange Where do you realistically want to be as a writer?
I don't have the patience to deal with publishers and agents. I'm not very good at coddling an audience either. Self-publishing is fine. It pays less than pan-handling but at least I don't have to have rational arguments about creativity and commerce with people in suits.

Bullet; Orange How do you plan to get to those goals?
Easy as pie! I write a book a year,  toss it out when I'm done and then quickly move onto the next book so I don't have to think about it sinking beneath the waves of the media deluge.

Bullet; Orange What do you need to meet those plans?
Time. Right now, for writing I get two hours a day, five days a week. It's about all I can stand. Hopefully it will be enough.

Bullet; Orange What help or advise would you like?
I've heard so much advice over the years I truly should be a far better writer than I actually am. Help? If anyone knows of a way to keep me from putting two s'es into the word occassionally I'm all ears. That spelling tick has been nagging me for decades.
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DorianHarper Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Writer
"I don't have to have rational arguments about creativity and commerce with people in suits."

I totally respect your opinion and am all for authors going the self-publishing route if it suits them best, but as a fun fact (since I giggled a little), we surprisingly don't wear suits! :lol: Publishing's more casual than one would think!
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No, there is no way to fix your spelling tic :I

Gotta say, btw, that I've never had a bad experience with publishers (just coming at it from a magazine angle). I'd look at small presses, if you don't trust the big ones.
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BarbecuedIguana Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Small presses? All the obligations of working with a big press but with none of the rewards -  aside from being able to say that I have been published by someone besides myself? Um. No thanks.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I see this a lot and it confuses me. Why do you think a small press would pick you up if they didn't want to help you succeed? :B
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BarbecuedIguana Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
But that's it. They would want to help me "succeed." Check out my latest novel (you can hear it for free at  www.youtube.com/playlist?list=… ) its not commercial, it's not literary, it deals with vampires a good decade after they got old and tacky. The best advice anyone who takes publishing seriously would give me is to *not* write it. But you know what? Writing that book was a fuckload of fun. It was just what I wanted to write and it turned out exactly as I hoped it would.

The only small press I could imagine taking it to which interests me is the Subterranean Press (subterraneanpress.com/) but - oh yeah - they won't talk to you unless you have an agent, and most agents won't talk to you unless you are so established you don't need an agent (and if they do that's a clear warning sign that you want nothing to do with them). It also doesn't help that I am a plain looking 40-something straight white male with no interesting back story and only 14 twitter followers who only follow me because I chose to follow them. Paint dries quicker in my presence than without it.

Now I could spend what little free time I have annoying strangers in a desperate attempt to make myself more popular, frequenting websites I hate, writing stories I despise and getting them published in journals I don't read (except for the matter of getting published in them), all leading up to a book contract a few years from now with a print run so scant that I will be lucky to pay back the advance with its proceeds. All the while making less than most immigrant fruit pickers once you factor in the time it demands.

Or. I could write the books I want to write and spend just a few days out of my life making sure the people who want them can get them via Createspace and Amazon (admittedly, all the while making less than most immigrant fruit pickers once you factor in the time involved - that is just never going to change).

So I don't doubt that small presses aren't packed to the brim with friendly people who want to help writers succeed. It's just not for me.

Here, while I'm on a link frenzy have some James, they're awesome.
youtu.be/crZxRIYchjQ
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I totally failed to mention that I have no issue with you avoiding this route. What I take issue with is you making it sound like they're forcing writers to do stuff against their will. I'm sure people have regretted signing a four-book contract, but no one made them do it. (Admittedly, I can't complain about sweet YouTube linkage.)

As far as anthologies and magazines go, I - and everyone I know - will run with a prompt if something comes up, or submit something existing (with edits) if it happens to fit a theme. It's still doing what I want to, but with money. Which I like. Although, yeah, shopping around can be a bitch. If it's not something you want to deal with, don't.

Eh, vampires come back every twenty years. I think it's awesome you've listed it for free (although seriously, I can't listen to words, gonna have to find a print edition), but never say never.
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BarbecuedIguana Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
And yet that is what contracts are for. I remember a past employer of mine suing a writer to finish a work because they had already printed up the dust jackets and needed something to fill them. It was supposed to ride the coat-tails of Robert Deniro's Frankenstein movie but the movie was predicted to flop and the writer lost all interest in finishing the book. But. We had him under contract and so finish the book he did. I never read it and can't tell you if it was any good but it was basically finished at gunpoint. And no - nobody forced the guy to sign the contract - but, at least back in the 90's that is what it meant to be a professional writer.

Things have changed since then but it seems as if there is a certain amount of seediness in publishing which will never go away. So I do not want to dissuade anyone from trying the traditional route of publishing, just watch where you step.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I'm not a professional writer for a reason (reason: money).

I don't know if I would call it seediness so much as srsbsns, to be honest, like just once you go in you ain't backing out, which I would expect from any business. Caveat emptor, etc.
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BlueRel Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
What is your dream as a writer?
-Write stories people will really like and get them published
Where do you realistically want to be as a writer?
-Making stories for fun and sharing them with people, whether through publication of some sort, posting over sites like DA, or just sharing them to friends and family. I don't ever want to find myself at a peak, where my stories are "perfect," or as good as they get. I want to continuously learn and improve, and believe that I will never reach "the top", for there will always be someplace higher to reach.
How do you plan to get to those goals?
-Continue my writing and try my best to do what I enjoy.
What do you need to meet those plans?
-Time, patience, support, a computer and some good music
What help or advise would you like?
-I sometimes take a second to look at a project and feel that I had bitten off more than I could chew: Too big a world, to many characters, no organic means of getting from point A to point B and so on. I tend to spend a lot of thought on a particular quality, only to find that I dug myself into a dark pit with no ladder for me to climb out of and see what I accomplished. How do you, or would you, handle sorting out details of large areas? In my writing, I try to find ways to make a backdrop that lives and moves on its own, preferrably without need of visibly dictating its every action. I'm not sure if it is successful, but I have a habit of trying to work areas on a large scale; making a whole city, or in one project I am working on, an entire planet with its own ecosystem I am carving out.

Reading this journal provoked a lot of thought on things I haven't even considered. Though I wish to be a writer as well as an artist in music and sculpture and have a dream to make some product, or preferably products, of any of these media that people will genuinely enjoy, I've done little but sit, think in circles, and admire the art of others enviously. A dream truly is just as the journal says, and if we spend all our time dreaming, we'll just be asleep, watching the fleeting images of our desires pass by from underneath our eyelids. Dreams are great, though: They give us something to look forward to fulfilling once that "some day" becomes "this day", even if the desired product is a bit distorted, as many dreams are.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How much do you plan beforehand? Maybe Story Planning week, which we did at #projecteducate, will help you :D
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BlueRel Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'll have a look. thanks!
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Bullet; Orange What is your dream as a writer?
:bulletblack: To make a difference. I love touching people, changing how they see things, including themselves. I would like to do this for more people, so to that end I want to find a way to transmit my message to a broader audience. Like publishing, comedians etc.


Bullet; Orange Where do you realistically want to be as a writer? 
:bulletblack: At the top. I feel like I'm on my way and I am anxious to get there, but I know I have a LOT to learn. 

Bullet; Orange How do you plan to get to those goals?
:bulletblack: I have identified my main weaknesses, editing, punctuation and the 'marketting / business' end of being a writer. To resolve this I have signed up for a creative writing degree. 

Bullet; Orange What do you need to meet those plans?
:bulletblack: To work HARDER :eager:

Bullet; Orange What help or advise would you like?
:bulletblack: I suppose, the writer in me wants someone to tell me "Give up, you're not going to be the next Shakespeare" if thats the case. But the person in me doesn't want to know. I want to believe in this, in myself, in my work, for now. I don't think I want to spend the rest of my life chasing an unreachable dream, but to me it seems perfectly reachable and reasonable still. So for now, I want to keep my eyes closed... 

I suppose what I want is for someone to tell me its not ridiculous to try, even up against unsurmountable odds, is it?
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're not going to be the next Shakespeare, but you might be the next you. :B
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
:giggle: I meant it like "Orange is the new Black". Not like I'll be like him.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, I was trying to be clever ;p
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
:giggle: It was inspirational, but I was worried you might think I meant it the other way! :eager:
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle:
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saltwaterlungs Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
its not ridiculous to try, even up against unsurmountable odds
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
:tighthug: Thank you :giggle:
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013   Writer
 What is your dream as a writer?

As you have (correctly) defined dreams in this article, I would say mine is to have no financial imperative to do anything with my time except write, dream more, and live.  There are various dream scenarios whereby this might happen, such as winning the lottery, being published and becoming wildly (though, oddly) successful, or simply retiring to a life of writing through the normal means. The latter is less of a dream and more of an unplanned likelihood.

 Where do you realistically want to be as a writer? 

Realistically, my goal is to be able to look upon what I have written and feel 100% confident that it cannot be improved upon, that it contains my own unique and inviolate voice, that it has an undeniable place in the world.

 How do you plan to get to those goals?

It's an interesting question, because the goals are somewhat subjective.  Who knows if I will ever be satisfied with what I write, even if it were to attain some external recognition?  And who knows whether the goals are actually sound ones, as I may delude myself into believing a piece meets my criteria, or that my criteria has any value.  The question lends itself to a philosophical analysis of the nature of art, its intentions and consequences and purposes.  The best outcome would be if I believed in my art and that belief was echoed by the public.  But I can't control what the public demands, so the answer remains opened ended, for me.

 What do you need to meet those plans?

I need to maintain a serious commitment to writing, gather experience reading and writing poetry, experimenting, contemplating a direction, crystallizing intent, and remaining true to my purpose for creating art: self expression, or rather, expressing the self. I suppose time is needed, as well.

 What help or advise would you like?

Advice is something I've never really sought and has never really been offered.  The problem is not that my ego won't allow me to listen to critique or ideas about my art, or that I'm not humble about my need for improvement, it's that I really don't know what will help me.  I'm not particularly interested in writing like anyone else, or even adopting a particular element of anyone's writing to the point that I would need coaching on their style.  And asking people to realize my particular intention, so that they can somehow objectively advise me on an otherwise subjective endeavor seems like a difficult thing to ask someone to do for me. (Not that I haven't, somewhat contradictorily, offered this to others.) I've considered workshops for perspective or to learn "tricks", but that seems a little generic in terms of application to my specific poetic goals.  Because I'm not looking to write "good" poetry, I'm looking to write "my" poetry, I ask myself, 'Who can help me do this?'
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to say you undervalue audience, but you're clearly not unaware of it. P:
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013   Writer
No, I'm certainly not unaware of it.  Whenever I consider the work of another poet, I want to be able to convince myself that they are only concerned with telling their own internal truth, and that they have given no thought to me or my tastes.  I want to become the artist so I can live through their verse.  I don't really want to be treated like an audience.  And I regard my own audience the same way - as eavesdroppers, remote viewers or even spirits looking for a host to haunt.  But there's still the matter of whether or not my host is hospitable. ;)
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That last bit makes you sound like a parasite and/or alien invasion :evileye:

That's a decent take - you're basically looking for ultimate intimacy?
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013   Writer
YES
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds like a great expectation for poetry. I may steal it :P

That said, I don't think it's achieved by ignoring audience. You could go the opposite end - by being aware enough to lure them into their comfort zones.
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013   Writer
Coming back to this, it's not that I'm ignoring an audience.  It's that (aside from the muse) I am not consciously intending an audience.  But I still want one.  I know I have made this much more confusing than it needs to be. 
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you're making it confusing for yourself! ;p Readers can simply appreciate or ignore your work.
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