Have you ever seen someone’s eyes light up when you tell them you’re a writer? I bet they even tell you that they have a book inside of them waiting to be published. They could even tell you that they’ve started writing their book. While it’s exciting to finally have a published work, and the right to call yourself a writer, to continue writing it takes more. You should have answers to the following questions.
1. Why do I write?
The answers can range from “I write to help others” to “I write to make an extra income” to “I write to comfort myself” to “I write to become a famous author.” There are as many answers to this question as there are writers, except we always hear the same ones regurgitated. The important thing is that YOU have an answer to it.
2. What is my mission when I write?
Your mission as a writer is deeply personal, but you should have an answer to the question. Why? You need to remember your mission to remain focused, and to give your writing its unique tone.
3. What am I trying to teach readers?
Every writer is a teacher of some type or another. There is a lesson in fiction, and there are lessons to be learned in non-fiction. What do you want your readers to learn from reading your work?
4. Who am I writing to? Who is my audience?
If you don’t know who you’re writing to, then you’re just writing. That’s okay too, but you want to understand who will receive the most benefit from reading your work. Is it women or men and women? Is your audience older or younger? Keep asking yourself questions and keep doing the research to find out who is reading your work.
5. Where will writing take me?
Writing is a journey. You can take a short trip or you can go the distance, but it is so important to know where you want it to take you. Knowing where you want to go leaves room for strategy. Every writer should have a strategy. Every writer should have goals.
Do you have an answer to these five questions? You can rush through each question, but take your time. Develop really good answers. Who knows? You could be interviewed, and one of these questions could be asked.