I believe a clear writing goal has a profound impact on the quality of the stories you produce.
Someone gave me practical writing advice a while back, and I find it’s still simmering in my brain. He said, “If you want any sort of writing success (especially starting out), your main characters have to be under the age of 30. Society, as a whole, is not interested in the lives of older characters.” As much as I’d like to argue with this, my advice giver wasn’t exactly wrong. A quick glance at the majority of today’s movies, books and magazine covers seems to verify his claim.
This got me thinking: What exactly do I want to accomplish with my writing? Do I want to acclimate myself with the current conditions of society in hopes of getting rich or do I want to trade in measurable success for the opportunity to evolve a social norm?
There’s no glamour that comes with being a “pusher” for social evolution. I may never see the day when main characters in their 40’s, 50’s and beyond are celebrated equally across society for their beautiful and exciting lives. Only the person who happens to be at the “tipping point” of the social evolution push will reap the rewards, but that doesn’t make the efforts of the thousands of forgotten “pushers” any less important. How great would it be if Millennials could enter their mid-life years and be comforted by the idea that the most exciting times of their lives didn’t end in their twenties (as today’s books and movies seem to suggest).
What’s your main writing goal? (Consider both your conscious and subconscious writing goals. I mention this in a post below).
- Wealth & Fame?
- Social Change?
- Community Building (such as fanfiction or minority groups)?
- Escapism (humor, fantasy, a break from life’s harsh realities)?
- Personal Evolution?