It is the last quarter of the year and maybe you’re stuck on a writing project. That’s not unusual for many reasons, including writer’s block. However, what if you’re stuck because you have lost the sense of purpose of your project?
What if you need to simply remember the purpose of the story, novel or essay you’re currently writing? What if you need to remember your original purpose for writing?
Here’s a small but important fact about writing: It needs direction in the form of purpose. Ask yourself:
- How do I want people to feel as they read my work?
- What do I want them to know?
- Who needs this message?
Purpose is not a major mystery though many of us who write become stuck and directionless because we forget the reasons why we write. Writing is story telling whether in fiction or non-fiction form. Yes, it is all about your creativity but it is just as much about the audience of loyal readers and what draws them to you as an author. So ask yourself these questions when you are stuck or your writing has taken a turn in direction:
- Will someone put this work down because it is confusing?
- Will someone continue reading because this work touches them?
- Will someone put this work down feeling better?
One important thing you can do is to keep a writing notebook, where you jot down your thoughts as it pertains to the work-in-progress. Journaling is another way to keep your personal sense of purpose in mind as you write.
If you have end of the year goals for completing a work, then try to return to your sense of purpose as a writer to keep the work flowing.