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Old January 7th, 2014 (8:30 PM).
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Well, answer the title! Do you hope to take your writing to levels you never thought possible? Do you aspire to write the next best-seller? Do you want people kissing the ground you walk on because you're that good?

Okay, so maybe that's going a little too far. Anyway, is writing something you're really working on, or is it more of a hobby to you?
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Old January 8th, 2014 (12:26 PM).
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Writing used to be something that I took really seriously. I bought all the advice books, I subscribed to all the advice magazines, I asked for advice and readers from anyone I thought could help me.

Then I learned just how much dedication it would take to make a career from writing. If I wanted to make any serious money from it, I'd have to spend all day working on stories. There'd be the issues finding an interested publisher, actually getting a story read enough to get a personalized response from someone in the publishing company.

Also, I had little interest in working on original writings. I like writing fanfiction.

So writing is now just a little hobby I dabble in.

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Old January 8th, 2014 (2:02 PM).
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Pretty seriously, especially when it comes to my main fanfics and personal projects. However, I used to kind of do things jokingly in high school, but my attitude towards changed when I met my Comp. I professor in college. She was particularly strict, especially when I took her Creative Writing course too. She's a published author too, so I guess it made some poetic sense that she'd have a strict demeanor when teaching her class and try to grind her attitude about writing into her students.
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Old January 8th, 2014 (3:56 PM).
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I never really started to take writing seriously until this summer. It didn't dawn on me that I actually liked doing this until then, so I never had a reason to. I would say I take my writing pretty seriously considering the fact that I want to make it a career. Although, probably not novel writing because of what Astinus said, but something like a journalist or LA teacher would be nice. I do want to write a few novels though and have them published, and if one of them is really popular, awesome.

I have yet to take a creative writing class, so I'm interested to see what pokemon forums have taught me and how that works in an actual classroom.
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Old January 8th, 2014 (7:40 PM).
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I take it pretty seriously, I guess.
I've never really gotten around to actually writing a fanfiction, and I've yet to start writing a novel (although I do have most of the series planned out. Four separate series' within a larger story already.), but I love it. I've known for some time that it's something I'd like to do with my life. I would love to write a story that people come to love. Yeah, it'd be great for it to be the "next" Harry Potter or something, but even if it remained somewhat unknown, I think I'd be content.

And I know I'm a good writer. I also know that there's plenty of things that I need to work on. There is no such thing as "perfection." I can simply just keep becoming better and better at it. Striving for perfection whilst also realizing that you can never achieve it is a good way to drive yourself to always become better.

I'll be taking my first Creative Writing class next semester. Granted, it's High School and it might not give me the greatest learning experience, but there's always something to gain. Even if I don't learn anything directly, the practice will be great.

For example: one thing I know I need to work on is beginnings. I know how to write the middle of stories, where everything happens (at least I believe I do). I know how to create endings that will leave readers confused, conflicted, heartbroken, and ecstatic (again, at least I believe I do). But getting the story all laid out and ready to go? It's probably the hardest part of writing the story. I think that's why I gravitate towards roleplays: the setting and beginnings are already laid out for you. All I need to do is jump in and start writing.

Other than becoming a novelist, the only other thing I might be interested in doing as a career is something involving theater. I want to enjoy my life, not get some job just for the money. So I'm thinking I might, perhaps, double major when I go to college. Or something. I'm not sure yet, but I have a few years before I get to that point.
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For truth and peace you fight
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Lost in thoughts all alone
In the white light, a hand reaches through
A double-edged blade cuts your heart in two
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Old January 8th, 2014 (8:09 PM).
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Considering I want to be an author when I grow up, yes, I take writing seriously. This doesn't mean I'm good at it, but I work hard on it.
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Old January 10th, 2014 (4:53 PM).
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Like Astinus, I'm more interested in fanfiction writing so it's mostly a hobby for me. However I still find myself wanting to improve my writing skills and sometimes read writing advice once in a while. Since I'm sharing my fanfics, I get worried if I'm being mediocre, bleh.
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Old January 10th, 2014 (5:07 PM).
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I'm taking some creative writing classes in uni (aiming for a minor in it!), so it probably looks like I take it super seriously! but really it's more of a fun times hobby for me, I guess. although of course it would be fun to publish a novel, or whatever!
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Old January 10th, 2014 (9:18 PM).
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I don't mind writing; it's not something I like to the point where I'd like to have a job surrounding it or write as a hobby though. For me, it honestly depends, if my writing is going to be judged for whatever reasons (schoolwork, competition etc.) then I'll take my writing very seriously. But when it comes to casual writing, I'm a pretty laid-back.
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Old January 10th, 2014 (10:54 PM).
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When it comes to writing I'm as serious as waffles.

Which is pretty f-n serious.

in truth, I'd say moderately serious. I care what people think, that's about it.
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Old January 11th, 2014 (12:31 AM).
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It actually depends on what I am writing, but almost all the time, I take it very seriously, sometimes its actually just out of boredom, requirement, or even out of personal gain. But for me writing is something I can always be able to do, and even with little effort can make a good story.

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