I recently got into a discussion with a writer-friend and we began talking about what we hope to accomplish. It occurred to me that every few years or so, I write about why I write. I have never written about what I want to write though.
Yes, I’ve given typical answers. I write just about everything, but I enjoy fantasy fiction the most. Now, for the first time since I started writing stories, I actually finished the rough draft of a novel. What I’ve claimed to prefer all along.
Some writers aim to entertain, some to say something, some aim for other things, or multiple things. I may be a novice still and at the most basic level, I just want to tell the stories in my head. More so, I want to say something. I want my work to make people think. I want to write stories that people put down and continue to digest after the last page.
Maybe I don’t want to do that with all of my stories, but with many of them. However, I don’t want to do it in a way that comes off preachy, arrogant, or self-righteous.
I don’t want to merely write entertaining fluff. I want to entertain while making people think, or at least nudging them in that direction. Now I just wonder…how many stories does it take to get to the tootsie-roll center of a masterpiece? Unless I get back to writing them tonight, I’ll never know ^,~
Either way, some story ideas might be generated by this thought: If stories are a message from you to readers, what messages do you find worth passing on? I found many of my novel ideas on just such thoughts.