If I had to describe myself, it would be in a word that has many meanings with a complexity which falls off the tongue.
A word made up of many elements, is deceptive in appearance, and creates an illusion from the imagination.
My word would be Phantasmagoric. ~Summer Ross

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What does Writing say?

Have you ever thought about being published, if your not already, and just the idea alone of being in print was enough to make your eyes pop out?

 You know one of the things I have never thought of was what I want my writing to say about me as an author. Now it is hitting me in the face like an elephants trunk!

I could just blow it off, and write whatever, make it good and poof there it is, but I don't want to be that kind of author, I want more than that. I expect more than that out of myself!

 What do I want to write ten pages of in the Underground anthology?
 I could be the eccentric poet: Ten pages, ten poems in all their serious natures....but do I want to be known for that?

 What if I was a comedian for my ten pages? Just write silly things in my writing, made it all about humor? Would I be known as the anthologies clown?

 I could go straight romance. I've dabbled a bit in the genre, its common, lots of people write some kind of romance right?

 Maybe I should scare them out of their wits instead? Come up with some horrific campfire tale? maybe a moonlit night gone horribly wrong by some terror or other.

 Do I want it to be a young adult type of writing? Thinking of my audience probably is going to be mostly adults, I'll pass on this one...hmmmmm.

I know what I want- I want my writing to say- "she is worth reading" But how do I do that?

Maybe I can combine them all, put everything all in one story, even the poetry- well not the YA part, but everything else? Just smush every genre I know of all in one story. That way I can be the comedian, the horror buff, the romantic, the literary, and the poet...everything all in one! Then what would they say about me?

What do you want your writing to say about you?


KarenG said...

After years of thinking about this very question and seeing my writing change as I change I've finally settled on one thing: voice. I want my writing to reflect my voice, to have a strong voice, and then I can pretty much say whatever is in my head and the voice makes it all work. Good post!

Francine said...


I'm with Karen on Voice! It is what makes a writer stand out from another who writes in the same genre, hence we tend toward favourte authors.

BTW: I've taken the plunge and posted up a chapter to the Mills & Boon New Voices Contest - how mad is that?


Laura Marcella said...

Intriguing question; it sure is something to think about! I'm still figuring out my answer. :)

PK Hrezo said...

Great point. I want my writing to say, "Yeah, she's thought about that issue good and hard, and she's got a great outlook."
There's no way I could write without pouring some of my learned wisdom into my tales. I feel like I have a postive message, no matter how small, and I hope one day I have the voice to share it.

Jules said...

I guess I want my writing to scream me! Not fit in a genre but yet be worth reading. Since I'm just starting to spread these wings I can only hope I'm getting there.

Wonderful post you writing Fairy :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Jessica Carmen Bell said...

Hmm, that's a good question! I guess at the moment all I want it to say is, "I'm published" ... lol no, that's a cop out. I want it to say that I am completely in tune with people's feelings. I want to be able to make people cry and laugh in the same page.

Damyanti said...

That's a very wide question...and I confess I have never thought about it.

When I read a piece or book I like, I hardly ever wonder about the author, just the writing.

More than anything else though, I'd love to have a distinctive voice.

Tara said...

I want my writing to say that it's natural, not forced. My characters have a mind of their own. They take the stories places I never thought they'd go, so I'm hoping that means I've accomplished "natural". :)

AlexOngNYC said...

I want to be the type of writer where people dedicate their lives and want to know everything about my characters and make up their own stories about them.

Breakfast Every Hour

M. said...

I have always loved to write but I never really thought about why or what my writing could mean to other people. I just wrote for me. Friends and family encouraged me to write to become published and that sounded like an amazing thing to do. Again, still not considering any impact I might have. THEN! My daughter read a {nameless} book that every other teen girl in her class was reading and then we saw the movies and... AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! It became really really really important to me to start writing books about girls who were strong roll models, girls I would want my daughters to read about. So, now I feel as though I have a purpose in my writing. I want to be remembered as the writer who gives us amazing young women to admire and aspire to be like. :)

Old Kitty said...

Gosh - I think I'll go with your one if you don't mind cos it's succint and speaks volumes to me.

"She's worth reading".

Thank you!

take care

Niamh B said...

Good question Summer. I think for me it's that the writing brings you on some kind of journey and ultimately that you forget about the writing when you're reading it, you're just enjoying the images/ moods/ characters etc that it's planting in your head.
I think it's difficult to not get pigeonholed if you're particularly good in a given area, but always write what interests you most at a particular time and it should lead you to your strongest stuff...

Carolyn V. said...

That is a very good question. My writing is full of action, but I try to keep my stuff as clean as I can (no swearing, drugs, stuff like that). Maybe that can say something about me. =)

LTM said...

great question, Summer! I've also been thinking about what *kind* of writer I want to be... I fel like I don't want to be categorized, but is that possible?

Good stuff here~

Jen said...

Everyone loves a good combo these days!!! I say pull it all together and see what you get! Minus the YA of course.

I dabble in all types, as you know, but I have to say I just want my writing to inspire those to do what they love most as well.

Summer Ross said...

Thanks for all your wonderful comments- I can fully admit VOICE is a huge part of being an author that stands out. I'll have to keep that in mind as I'm writing.

Ellie said...

I'm with KarenG, it's all about finding your voice. And "She's woth reading" is prefect.

Ellie said...

Oops...I meant "She's worth reading."

Shannon O'Donnell said...

That I love kids, that books are my life, and that I did a good job of bringing the two together. :-)

Elaine AM Smith said...

My writing teaches me that the ability to create a story is very different from my ability to proof-read.

N. R. Williams said...

I want my readers to love my characters and I want other writer's to refer to my talent and voice having enjoyed what they've read. For myself, I want to say, I did my best and improved on my worst.
You're invited to a Viking Blog BBQ...see my site for directions.
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Christina Lee said...

I want to be worth reding too--and I want my voice to be unique! GREAT question!

Budd said...

I was in Yesterday, I will. . . an anthology and I sent a copy to my mom. She called me and asked me if everything was okay and if I was alright after reading it. She was really concerned.

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