Creating a Purpose and Vision for your Writing Career

To be most successful, writers should develop an overall purpose for their writing based on their beliefs and values. This requires some self-exploration and self-reflection. We need to be able to decide what our priorities are as a writer based on our beliefs and values as a writer.

One way of determining your beliefs and values is to decide why you want to write. Do you want to instruct or inspire others? Do you want to tell stories that will enrich people’s lives? Which audience do you want to write for? Kids? Adults? Teens? Tweens? These are all decisions that you should make before you set out on your writing career. Otherwise, you will be whimsically floundering from one kind of writing to another and never completing writing projects.

Once you reflect for a while, you will be able to start developing a vision for your writing career. A vision takes your beliefs and values and gives them a solid foundation through your writing. A vision is not based on feelings or emotions. It is based on a reflective foundation that defines who you are at the core.

By developing this kind of vision you will be able to overcome obstacles and keep working on a project when times get tough. A vision that is well-defined will help focus and create a purpose that is a measurement for success. Without a vision, writers cannot succeed over the long-term in their writing career, and will lack the drive to continue their writing projects. Their careers will simply become a list of tasks to be completed. Now, that’s not very motivating, is it?

A strong vision can connect passion with potential. Regardless of what is going on or the challenges that present themselves, developing a vision helps determine which things will advance a writing career. Having a vision is most important for success. Writers will feel valuable if they accomplish their envisioned goals.

A vision can be used for (1) inspiration, and (2) prediction.

(1)   Inspiration is necessary to reach a goal. A vision can be the most inspiring way to keep focused on our writing projects while still being motivated to achieve them. A vision can open us up to many possibilities and a brighter future. When inspired to be the best, writers will be happier, much more productive, and likely to make the changes that are necessary to achieve their dreams.

(2)   Prediction is necessary to anticipate any changes in interest in the future. It is important to become aware of where we are now in our writing career and where we want to be in six months to a year. This requires that we evaluate our habits, attitudes, and points of view. If we are unclear about our current writing goals, we will be unclear about our future writing goals too. The destination of our vision should be emotional, spiritual, and intellectual.

How to Build a Vision?

There are four steps to create a vision.

  1. Writers should become clear about their current writing goals. Are there any publication credits to note? Writers should become aware of the genre of writing they are most comfortable with and which new genres they’d like to try in the future.
  1. Brainstorm, imagine and create a vision for our writing career. For many writers, if they can imagine publishing their first book, they can work towards that as a vision for their future success.
  1. Focus on things that give life purpose and meaning. Writers need feasible long-term goals and some balance in order to be most successful.
  1. Dream without limits. Many writers don’t dream big. They simply have a few small goals they want to achieve, and that’s it. But this attitude usually hinders success.

Visions should stretch and motivate writers to be their best. Once visions are determined, writers will most likely be much more committed to writing projects and not simply motivated to complete tasks one after the other.

By: Irene S. Roth

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