This odd question poked me as I was having my wonderful morning walk in the park yesterday. The air was cool, birds were chirping. The path was draped with comfortable shades given by the affectionate tall trees. Rolling green hills lifted my spirit. I was in such a peaceful mode until this weird question just cropped up and hit me.
What d’you mean ultimate goal as a writer? I just want to write..that’s all. - I felt annoyed to think any more. My alter ego turned with a smirk- Just write? Any rubbish? What is your real goal as a writer?
Of course, I want to write something that the readers would love to read and be glued to the pages and feel a kind of satisfaction mixed with a sadness when the last page is done. Something the connoisseurs would approve and agree that it was a good enough one. I would leave something for the future. Tall order but yes, that’s what I want, these three main things.
You write to entertain, to educate and to inspire. My alter ego nodded with a wise look. If you can do any one or two of them properly I say you are good.
I remembered that Ayn Rand in her essay explained that ‘it is the projection of an ideal man’ that was what she strived to bring in her writing.
Seth Goin says,“The goal of a writer is to make you think. Incite, disturb. Probe the reader.”
In our California Writers Club, a fellow author brought up something that touched my heart. A writer’s ultimate goal is to help: help the reader, help fellow writers too who are striving in this journey. With resources on the craft of writing, publishing and promoting a fellow writer is also an important goal for the writer. ' Probably that will be my ultimate goal' he said with a slap on his thigh.
Writing is a solitary art. It takes away a whole lot, without guaranteeing anything in return. Yet, writers strive. Each year the number of books written are growing. Writing is only half the story..the other part is completed by the reader. Without a reader, writing a book would be just waste of time, energy, and papers.
I think my ultimate goal as a writer would be to create the best art I can. But that lofty goal needs many parts. The parts of the puzzle -HOW, WHEN, WHAT are to be put together. I have only dealt with the WHY part.
Now it’s your turn: What do you think? What is your ultimate goal as a writer or what do you ask as a reader? Looking forward to your comment.