What I Want To Accomplish With My Writing

by - January 10, 2018



Those of us who enjoy writing have a purpose behind what we write. It could be as simple as an idea in mind or as important as needing to release our thoughts into a journal. For whatever reason, we are writers. We create with our minds something beyond what is possible in our world. Just as someone who reads uses a book as an escape, the writer uses their writing as an escape from the world around them, even if only for a moment.


But there is something more I want to accomplish with my writing. Something important and dear to my heart. When I write, I'm lost in the world that is flowing from my mind. Most times, it doesn't feel like I'm writing at all. It feels like I'm living in that world and watching everything happen in front of me.



I want to make realistic characters. I want them to be flawed. I don't want to create a character that is perfect in every way. I want my characters to have imperfections and insecurities. I want them to struggle, to fall, to feel broken. I want them to feel pain, to grieve, and to hurt.



But I also want them to learn, to rise, to succeed. I want my characters to be realistic and tangible. I don't want them to set a standard for how someone should be. I want them to show the reader that everyone struggles. I want them to teach the reader to not compare their stories with someone else's.



I want my words to inspire someone. I want my books to show there is such a thing as great literature still in this world.
It's important to me that my writing portrays the world for how it is. The dark, the light, the good, the bad, and so much more.


Not every book has to be about an epic adventure to save the world or to save a life. It could be as simple as someone's story. A character's life, their struggles, their pain, and their happiness. 
My writing, to me, is so much more than an adventure to get lost in. It's a world. A reality.


My writing needs to have power and emotion. I want to make people laugh. Just as well, I want them to cry. Or be angry. Or feel suspense as they slowly turn the page, fearing the outcome of the beloved character.


I remember growing up with books that transported me out of my house and into the story. It has been some time since I've been able to find books that consistently do that. They are far and few between. When I read, I want to be lost in the story. I want the descriptions to pop out at me, to make me feel like I can reach out and touch what's being described.


When I read, I want to escape from my troubles. I want to get lost in a different story, a different moment in time where my troubles can't follow me. 


If I have such high standards for what I read, why should my writing be any less?

What do you want to accomplish?
Tell me your goals for 2018
in the comments
As always,
God bless y'all.
With love,






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37 comments

  1. Yes!!!!! I totally relate to this!!!! I have a lot of flawed and hurting characters and dark themes, but I always make sure I end it with hope. I want people to know that no matter where they are in life, there is always hope for them. It might be a hard journey getting there, but it's not impossible.

    Great post, Ivie!! I really loved it!

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    1. I love writing characters that are hurting. And I love the idea of ending it on hope. Sometimes, I like that stories are heartbreaking and leave you feeling satisfied, yet heartbroken.

      Thank you!! That means so much!! <3

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  2. I agree! I always write the book I WANT TO READ. When I write, it's because it's not just the story I need to tell, but the one I wish I could pick up off the shelf. <3 This is a great post. Love it.

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    1. Exactly! That's what our writing should be about! Thank you!! <3

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  3. Ooh, I love the point of this post! :D

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    1. Thank you!! I wrote it from the heart. <3

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  4. "I want my books to show there is such a thing as great literature still in this world."

    I love this!

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  5. Great post, Ivie! I definitely agree--I write the book that I want to read. I want my book to show that there is still good literature in the world, and I want my writing to show readers God's love.
    I love this post! :)

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    1. That is awesome! I bet your books are pretty awesome! Keep writing for the light! <3

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  6. "If I have such high standards for what I read, why should my writing be any less?"

    Raises cup of...forget it...my drink is still in the drawer....

    But yes!!! Ivie, this is so true!!

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    1. Thank you! That was my favorite line, and I almost ended it with that, but I didn't want to leave out my signing off. XD

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  7. I completely agree with this! One of the major reasons I continue to write is because I want to write my "perfect" story -- the one I'd want to read and have no problems with. And, like you said I strive to create flawed yet brave characters and get emotion out of readers. :D

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    1. Yes!! Your blog posts are AMAZING so I'm sure your writing is just as awesome! Keep writing for the right reasons. You'll do amazing things! <3

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  8. I greatly enjoyed this post, Ivie!

    I think every writer wishes to do this in some way or another! I know I certainly do, anyway.

    Catherine
    catherinesrebellingmuse.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! That means so much!

      I felt like it was a relatable sentiment. <3

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  9. "If I have such high standards for what I read, why should my writing be any less?"

    Amen, sister! I love the depth of this whole post. <3 <3 And YES, I love being transported into worlds, and really FEELING the characters. That's my goal with my writing too. :) I want to suck readers in with a story that's unforgettable!

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    1. That is my favorite line in this whole post! <3

      Thank you! From what I've read from you already, I know you are very AMAZING at sucking people into the story world!! Your writing will be unforgettable! <3 <3

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  10. Wow Ivie this is so profound and beautiful. I agree wholeheartedly...what better use for writing than inspiring others? We as writers do hold a responsibility for the impact our books make. Incredible, beautiful post <3 xxx this truly inspired me, I can't wait to see your book when the time comes <3 :)

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    1. AND THERE ARE SO MANY INCREDIBLE QUOTABLES IN THIS POST, IVIE MY GENIUS FRIEND <3 always speak from your heart like this :")

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    2. Do you know how much these two comments make me smile?! Thank you!! To think I wrote a post with quotables makes me so happy!! And I can't wait for you to read it, either!! I'm going to be working on a round of edits really soon. Like, hopefully today soon. Thank you for your sweet comments! They make my day. <3 <3

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  11. I've heard many people say to write what you would want to read. Don't write a story that YOU don't really like, but that you know certain people will. Write what you specifically would enjoy reading. People who like reading books with smut tend to write books with smut. It's that simple.
    "If I have such high standards for what I read, why should my writing be any less?"—Exactly.

    For me, I want to effect my readers emotionally and cause them to think about things that they normally try to avoid. I want them to see that Christianity isn't a religion. In fact, it's far from it. I want them to see that it's a relationship. A relationship with someone who will never reject you. People try to ignore God because they don't want to give up how they're living. I want to show them that there's something so much better. Someone that will give them more than just a temporary peace. Something that'll take the shame they're trying to hide from. And, I want to try my best to show them how they can come to this, through a fictional life.

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    1. Exactly my thoughts. There will always, unfortunately, be smut out there, but as writers we should never write what we don't want to read. So many writers and authors sell out to be cool. To me, being cool is writing what you like.

      Same way I feel about Christianity as well. Keep writing for the light. <3

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  12. This is all I want for my own writing too!

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    1. Yay!! I'm sure your writing is probably pretty awesome. :)

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  13. I especially love your closing line! Our writing should be worthy :) I don't think I want to get lost in it though... I don't read or write to become lost (I'm already lost) but to find my bearings, to learn more about what I should be doing in the world God has placed me in :)

    I,too, want to write about real things, real people. Not perfection that doesn't exist, but what's real. And amidst that reality I want to show Hope :)

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    1. That is a well worded sentiment on God's love and purpose for us. <3 I get what you're saying on that. :)

      The closing line is my favorite line of this whole post, honestly. It came to me and I was thinking it was really deep and powerful. XD

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  14. IVIE I LOVVVVE THIS! Seriously, it’s so amazing to be able to create characters and teach a lesson to readers through them? Having the ability to make the reader laugh or cry? Like...it’s seriously the most amazing thing ever! I want to accomplish these things as well!! THIS IS AWESOME.
    ~ riley aline

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    1. THANK YOU!! <3 <3 <3 That means so much to me!

      I love filling my books with emotion that feels nearly tangible. You will go far in your writing. <3

      Thank you! <3

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  15. Ivy, I feel this post so much. It’s funny, because I wrote a post about writing a writer’s statement, and this is perhaps one of the best examples I’ve found!!! I do agree that not every story needs to be of something big— even the small things should be taken notice of, every once in awhile.

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | ups & downs

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    1. I will have to go check out your post. Thank you so much!! <3 I love writing small details of life and and just letting go with the story.

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  16. I love this Ivie! This is a beautiful post, and I love what you are aspiring to. I hope that every young writer (myself included) will aspire to what you've written about. =)

    Lovely blog, by the way! You have a new follower. =)

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    1. Thank you! That means so much to me. <3

      Wow, thanks! I appreciate that. Welcome to my blog! <3

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  17. YES! This is what I'm aspiring for as well want-to-be author.
    You've gained a new follower, by the way. Can't want to read more! <3

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    1. It's always amazing and so motivating to know what you want in your writing.

      Thank you so much! I appreciate it! <3 Welcome to my blog. :)

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