Wednesday, October 10, 2012

RTW: Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads.


Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where the contributors over at YA Highway post a weekly writing- or reading-related question. Then readers answer it on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.



This week's topic: What do you hope to be writing in one year? Three? Five?

While I do have some specific story ideas in mind (like writing the next book in my series...here's to hoping I can get an agent and sell book one!), I don't know that that really does this question justice. I mean sure I want to be writing stories. Young adult. Contemporary fantasy. Fantasy. Maybe a little horror. You get the gist.

But what I really want is to write true stories. I don't mean based-on-a-true-story. I mean stories with characters that are real. Characters who have hopes and fears and dreams. The ones that curl up in your heart and your head and never really go away. You know the type.

I want to be writing stories that push me further and further as a writer. That make me face my own fears and pain and brokenness. I want to write the kind of stories that rip my readers open and let all of their emotions spill out over the floor--in the best of ways.

If I'm writing this stories, then even if I'm not where I want to be with my publishing goals and dreams in one year, three, five, it won't matter. 

What about you? What do you hope to be writing?

20 comments:

  1. Those sound like the kind of stories I (and most readers!) want to read. I love your philosophy!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I hear you, Liz. I hope that whatever writing I do pushes me to become better and better. So even if I don't get an agent or get published with this current WIP, I may be good enough down the road to have that happen. I love writing so much that this thought just excites me. :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Love this! Not only the stories with real characters but also what you mention about writing - I want to be writing stories that push me further and further as a writer --> I want that too :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Gah! I love our blogging/writer community.

      Delete
  4. I totally agree with you, I want to be writing stories that push me to be better, and most importantly that are real and true, again, not true stories, but just.... true. Love this post. All the best with your goals!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Love your take on this, Liz, and I feel similarly. I just want to be writing one, three, five, and even twenty years down the road. More than that, I want to still LOVE writing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me too! What's the point if we don't love it?

      Delete
  6. You put this so well! A story can have a great plot, but unless I feel invested in the characters it won't be memorable for me. I love books that are "true" and that I just can't stop thinking about long after I'm done. What a great writing goal! Thanks for sharing this.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! I think that's the point of books, right? It should be.

      Delete
  7. This is perfect. I think we all strive to write true stories that push our own boundaries, which is probably why YA is so amazing these days!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Lovely: "The ones that curl up in your heart and your head." Very nicely put.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. p.s. I also love your title today. I almost used a Back to the Future quote myself. :)

      Delete
  9. I agree, even though I lined out some predictions in my RTW, I hope that above all else I'll be writing stories that resonate with me and hopefully others. Well done!

    ReplyDelete
  10. A thousand times yes to all of this! It's so encouraging to see *realness* as a goal. Color me inspired!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Yay for Back to the Future. I have a t-shirt of the movie with that saying ;)
    Oh, I want to read those stories!
    As for me, my mind change ides everyday ... can't predict what I'll be writing in a few years.

    ReplyDelete