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Literature Community Experiments: Your Journey

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 18, 2013, 1:04 PM



“It is good to have an end to journey toward, 

but it is the journey that matters in the end.” 

                                                                           Ursula le Guin


Greetings all!

You may remember such experiments at the beginning of the year where we asked everyone to share a little about themselves to seek out and link up with fellow writers with similar interests or the in depth look at the literature community on deviantART, well this is the next article in that series! We're going back to you as individuals, but asking you not to consider yourself as the person on deviantART for x hours each week, but to look at yourself as the writer, your journey so far and where your future goals really lie. This isn't just about "I want to get published", but mapping out how you are going to get to those end goals and starting to take a more realistic view of your work. 

You might be someone who is actually confident you have a planned journey ahead and you know what your end goals are- be it publishing, pleasure, wanting a DD or even writing daily. You might be the complete opposite where you haven't really thought about this- something we are going to get you to think about today.

A lot of people join deviantART looking for something to help them with their journey. Most, if not all want some kind of feedback- some to know whether their work is liked by others and others to see how they can improve. Others use it as a showcase of their work, or to network with other writers, or to find a solution to the "block". There is no right or wrong intention (though sometimes the execution doesn't always work).

On the Road by CreamyJem



Your Journey So Far...


We all know what we've done- what we've learnt and achieved to be the writer we consider ourselves today. Most of us can remember the first time we took interest in writing and what encouraged us to continue. Without over-sharing, have a think about now about those key moments that mapped your path as a writer- what were they and how did they affect and change the way not only write, but plan and operate too. What was it about those moments that created an impact?


Your Current Crossroads...


We're all at a point in this metaphorical writers journey and whatever point this is, there's decisions and commitments to be made. However these are the point where there may be unsurity, a lack of knowledge or a lost sense of direction. What can we do to get back on this perhaps is somewhere you need help, which is why the community around you is actually an essential resource. You may be more optimistic about your crossroad, and the decision may be about your career or what to write next.


Goal. by Linek


Your Goals...


There is a difference between a realistic life goal and a dream. To get to your goal you have to work hard and commit to it, whereas dreams are the desires we have but no clear goals in place to achieve those dreams. How many of you have said you would like to get published "one day"- have you considered what published actually means? Do you dream of your book sat top of the best-seller lists or would you be happy if a book sold even one copy? When you dream of people liking your work, what are you committing to make that happen? 


Take responsibility...


You are accountable for your own goals. You won't achieve anything with excuses and pessimistic statements such as "I will never get there", because the person holding you back is you. If you need help, don't be afraid to ask, but understand what you are asking and think what you could do before you ask (hello google!). It doesn't matter where you are on your journey, you control the crossroads and where they are going. 

Without sounding too hippy; you need to empower yourself!




Questions for you about your own journey


Please have a think about the above and I'd would like for you to share your thoughts in the comments as well as answering the below:

:bulletorange: What is your dream as a writer?
:bulletorange: Where do you realistically want to be as a writer? 
:bulletorange: How do you plan to get to those goals?
:bulletorange: What do you need to meet those plans?
:bulletorange: What help or advise would you like?


Lets get tough!


Like all of the "experimental" articles, I want to encourage you all to respond to each other as much as possible. 

I don't just want you to answer the questions or needs for help, but I want you to challenge people. It's time to stretch people beyond their statements and make them think beyond what they're writing here. Ask them more questions, be curious about what they are saying and push them to make more concrete plans that can help them meet those realistic goals. Keep the dialogue going. 

And to those looking for that help, don't just comment on your own plans, look at the other comments people are making and challenge them to. Its doesn't matter where you are on your own journey or where those people are, this is a community of mixed people- you could even learn from those you talk to!

Thank you and enjoy!



If you can share this in your groups and  journals, we would love the word spread- the more we can share this, the more people get involved!












No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.

~H. G. Wells


The third in a series of articles this year experimenting the movements in the literature community on dA. This article is about your journey as a writer and the goals you have with your work- where are you going?
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional
Bullet; Orange What is your dream as a writer?
I'd like to have a poem - just one for each publication - that gets into Poetry Magazine, Paris Review and New Yorker. Seriously, beyond that it's all gravy.

Bullet; Orange Where do you realistically want to be as a writer? 
I don't have any pretense of making a living off of creative writing. I'd love to get the opportunity to branch my current local marketing/PR consulting work to include more writing elements (writing spin is just as fun as writing poetry), which is doable with a little effort.

Bullet; Orange How do you plan to get to those goals?
1) Keep writing mediocre poems and publishing them until I can write something that sticks for one of the prestige mags.
2) Hire some damn staff so I can make them do all the flowcharting-and-dogfucking work while I do the enjoyable stuff.

Bullet; Orange What do you need to meet those plans?
To get off of my own ass and write more/land more contracts, really. It's all on me. :u

Bullet; Orange What help or advise would you like?
What in the actual hell do other people do to get around blocks, that aren't just tacky "make yourself write words because words are words even if they're crappy words!" hugfests, or prompts (which are useless to me if I'm not feeling an inner voice to work into them)?
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LightMyPassage Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:bulletorange: What is your dream as a writer?
I would like for other people to enjoy reading what I enjoy writing. But it's hard getting to the point where other people are actually able to read what I write, because I never feel it's ready. I want it to be perfect, and I fear this is some of those cases where being a perfectionist can work as much with you, as against you.
:bulletorange: Where do you realistically want to be as a writer? 
It's hard to name a realistic goal, when you know how few people actually make it as a professional author. I'd just like to be able to write, I guess. To write good stuff, that I can be proud of.
:bulletorange: How do you plan to get to those goals?
I would love to spend all my time writing, planning and scheming for my characters and plots. But sometimes, real-life can get in the way. So I just need to find the time to fulfill my hobby, and at the same time, have a steady income.
:bulletorange: What do you need to meet those plans?
First off, I'd like to get my degree. Even if I don't get offered a job, at least there's a stability I can get back to. I guess I'll just have to find or make the time to write.
:bulletorange: What help or advise would you like?
So far, the journals you're coming up with at CRLiterature are helping me out a lot.
 
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Writing is easily one of those places where perfectionism works against you (in my experience, writing and uni are the worst for that).

:hug: Making time for writing around the stability stuff is hard.
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013   Writer
Bullet; OrangeWhat is your dream as a writer?
Well, a dream is such a word I'd always love to avoid, just like passion and such, but I'm almost finished with the first version of my first collection of poetry, which still needs a lot of rewriting. I think it'll be publishable in the end, so it's pretty much that thing: having that bitch published at a good publisher, with shine and such.
Bullet; Orange Where do you realistically want to be as a writer?
I think it's possible, but I still have to get some more attention. I think there'll possibly be some more magazine publications between now and a year or something.
Bullet; Orange How do you plan to get to those goals?
Those magazine publications and keeping on doing readings.
Bullet; Orange What do you need to meet those plans?
Good question. Maybe some networking and a lot of rewriting to be sure my poems are as good as they can be.
Bullet; Orange What help or advise would you like?
It's a narrative poem sequence, so I'm not sure if every poem is really good as a stand-alone or is only interesting in the light of the rest of the story. It's like the record label who say: 'Nice record, but I don't hear a single', that thing. Or something.
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glossolalias Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013

Bullet; Orange What is your dream as a writer?
eh this is just a hobby for now. i don't really have a specific "dream" but if my poems were studied in classes like, one hundred years from now, and i could haunt the classroom that'd be pretty cool. or if i wrote the next teen novel turned blockbuster and was rolling in millions. that'd also be pretty cool.

Bullet; Orange Where do you realistically want to be as a writer?
as i said above, it's just a hobby right now. i'll keep futzing around, editing and perfecting, and i might look to see if i can get anything published after i have my career established.

Bullet; Orange How do you plan to get to those goals?
persistence. writing often and in various genres, as well as styles and mediums. editing even more often. not abandoning work when i'm "bored" with it. continuing to develop a voice.

Bullet; Orange What do you need to meet those plans?
a lot of time. 

Bullet; Orange What help or advise would you like?
at the moment, nothing i couldn't find on my own if i wanted to.
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saltwaterlungs Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Bullet; Orange What is your dream as a writer?
I'm only fourteen, and the vast amount of future ahead of me has given me way too much to dream about. I want to be a screenplay writer and watch my world come alive, I want to write plays and watch them be performed in front of me, I want to write novels upon novels. But, most of all, I want my writing to MEAN something to people. I want them to read something and to feel moved or connected to it in some way, like I have felt reading other's books.

Bullet; Orange Where do you realistically want to be as a writer? 
I really just want to get better and, like i said above, write a lot (preferably well), but most of all, have my work mean something to people. I want them to rewrite their favorite quotes on their wrists and make tumblr posts about them, and I want them to copy my poems onto stickynotes and put them on their walls.

Bullet; Orange How do you plan to get to those goals?
First, I plan to write. A lot. ANd I also plan to rewrite even more. A lot of the time, I write something once, and then I do a quick grammar check, then post it. I want to make sure that it's perfect before I post, grammar, AND storywise. This should help me improve the quality. I also want to keep trying different genres and styles of writing until I find my forte. Experimentation, practice, and sticking to my projects and ideas.

Bullet; Orange What do you need to meet those plans?
I need to actually sit down and WRITE. I need to do everythign I can to get ideas flowing, whether it's reading or listening to music, or just asking tons of what if questions. I need to keep trying new things and try not to get stuck into the dreaded rut.

Bullet; Orange What help or advice would you like?
How often should I write? What are good ways to get inspiration? How do I deal with DEADLINES?
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your goals. :B

I think the best way to get inspiration is to first realize that it's not a guarantee, and it's not just going to fall into your lap. Inspiration comes really easy for me, though, so I'll leave it at that - never had to go looking.

How do you deal with deadlines for school?
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saltwaterlungs Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, that's like. Whoa. You answered my question with another question, and it actually answered my question very effectively? What?!
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:bow: The magic of been there, done that!
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saltwaterlungs Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Haha, thank you again!
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