Defining your writing why can be a challenge when you are bombarded with the demands of THEY. They tell you what you should do. They tell you the niche. They declare the steps you must take.
They don’t have all the answers – especially when you realize that there are no right or wrong answers.
It is up to you to determine the driving force behind the words you will create. It doesn’t matter if you are building a career online, sharing a passion, or just finding a place to let your words roam free, you need to nail down the why of your writing.
Determine the Driving Force
- Use a voice recorder to talk to yourself. Talk about what you want to write and why you want to write it. Think about the topics that inspire the most enthusiasm from you. Talk about the things that you do well, and the things you don’t do well.
Create a spreadsheet. Make a column for each of the following questions:
What do you enjoy doing?
What do you do to feel fulfilled?
What are your core values?
What are your dominant personality traits?
What is your dream job?
What do others ask you to do?
What do others tell you that you do well?
What do you consider your greatest strength?
What do you consider your greatest weakness?
- Get crafty. Use colored index cards to work through your likes, dislikes, skills, abilities, and interests. Put one word or answer on each card.
No matter which method you use to work through the process, you will end up with a lot of words or phrases describing you and what you are doing. Look through them for common themes or focuses. If possible, group them together in some fashion.
Using the new grouped phrases, write a short statement about why you will be writing.
Review the grouped phrases and words one more time before writing a second statement about what you hope to accomplish with the effort. Finally, write a third statement that shares some thoughts on the goals and steps necessary to get there.
By the end of the process, you should have a better idea of why you are writing. With your why in place you are one step closer to building your writing success.
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