Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Big Picture Week: What's Your Goal?

I have a question for you all today, kicking off a little something different here on the blog: BIG PICTURE WEEK :).

What is your Big Goal in life?

We're all striving for something, but sometimes we can lose our focus. It's good to stop and reflect--what is our main goal?

What is it you really, truly want out of this life? Out of your writing? Your art?

Do you want:

  • Money
  • Fame
  • Personal pride
  • Security
  • Love
  • Something that's just "yours"?
  • Something else entirely?

What do you want? Why do you do what you do?

I've been asking myself this question a lot lately, and figured out that for myself, I want to be able to do what I want and work for myself. I don't want to be rich, I don't want to be famous, I don't even need to see my name on a book spine (although that would be amazing!!). I just want to do my favorite things and make just enough money to eat and live in relative security. I want to be free to be an artist :).

I want to write, paint, create things, and I will do what it takes to do these things as much as possible.

What is it you really want? Why do you do what you do?


Dawn Embers said...

That is a good question. And you have a great answer.

Out of life? I want a family.
Art? Just to express myself in paintings.
Writing? To write the novels I want to write.

Each answer seems simple and yet not. And there are other aspects that would be nice to obtain but I'm okay without. I'm okay without showing in an art gallery or having a novel published. I'd like that to happen but it won't be the end of my world (in melodramatic fashion) if that never happens. The family one would be harder to not achieve, I think.

Good blog post with some good questions.

Angela said...

Out of life? I want to be the best person I can be. I know, that sounds painfully generalized, but it's the truth. I want to be the best mother, the best caretaker of my animals, and the best writer I can be.

With my writing, I want my novel to be read--which means publication. I don't care about being a best seller or having lots of money (I honestly fear that in a way), but I want others to read what I've written.

Tere Kirkland said...

I guess in terms of publication, I want a little bit of everything: pride, the ability to actually call myself an "author", the sense of satisfaction that comes from seeing something you created come to fruition. And I'd love to be able to someday support myself on just my writing.

Right now I'm more focused than ever on attaining that goal!

Pen said...

I second Tere.

I write because I LOVE to write. But my goal is to be published, to share my stories with the world and give my readers a satisfying adventure and make them smile. :D

Lydia Kang said...

I want happiness for my family. After that, I'd like to get have a fulfilling writing career as a second career!

Rebecca said...

Honestly, I want to earn these words spoken to me from God's mouth:

Well done, good and faithful servant.

That is what I REALLY want. Because of what value is success (in writing or anything else) without God's approval of how I attained it?

Lydia Kang said...

Hey, Rebecca,
I tagged you over on my blog!

Jamie Grey said...

Such good questions! I know I don't ask myself often enough what my goals are. But right now, I think my goal is to grow as a writer and make enough doing what I love to support myself. I don't need to be the next Nora Roberts, but I want my family to be secure. And of course, I'd love to be able to work for myself. In the end though, as long as my family is happy and healthy, I think I'll have met my goals.

Jayne said...

Hello! New follower here, and a good question to de-lurk on. :)

I think when the day comes that I see my books on a shelf in a shop I think I will cry! Pure happiness. :) I don't want a fortune, but enough to earn a comfortable living. And I want to say to all those people who put me down over the years - 'see, told you I'd do it!'

Taryn Tyler said...

Probably the same as you. I want to write because I love to do it but it would also be nice if I didn't have another job that sucked up my time for it.

And maybe enough people will enjoy my work that I can feel like I've spread a little bit of happiness along the way. :)

cipherqueen said...

There's still a ton of "unknowns" right now- but plenty of short term goals. :)

*College (being superhuman in high school to get scholarships)
*Communications (working knowledge of publishing industry)
*Agenting (helping writers when I'm old and need to remind myself of what I was as a kid, once I'm financially stable)

Okay, so the financially stable part might be impossible... but I'm working on it. ;)

What I really want, deep down, is to finish the solunastar quartet I'm writing, no matter how much the plotline sucks, the characters unreal, whatever might be wrong- there's something about it that just MUST be finished....

Nishant said...

Well done, good and faithful
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