Ask yourself these questions and write down the answers. Be honest with your responses.
1. Why do I want to write? What are my writing intentions, my writing goals?
2. Writers write, wannabes make excuses. Which one is me?
3. What genre is the most comfortable for me?
4. How would I describe my writer’s voice?
5. What kind of professional and personal development will I pursue?
6. How do I plan to maintain my motivation during the rough times? Will I accept the notion of writers block and allow it to take over my creativity?
7. Where will I go to receive and give writing support – critique groups, forums, writing groups, classes, mentors, etc. Will I be a giver or a taker or both, in those groups? More is learned by giving, than by taking.
8. How can I make my writing more authentic, more genuine?
9. What feelings do I want readers to get from what I write? Do I know how to express feelings by showing, not telling?
10. Do I have the patience to work alone in a quiet atmosphere to research, write and rewrite again and again.
11. Do I want to be an Author? An author is a writer who publishes the creativity and becomes a business entrepreneur?
12. Am I realistic enough to be flexible and cooperative to listen more than I talk? Learning never ends.
Writing is not just putting words on paper. It is getting to know yourself in order to write from the heart. Can you accept and embrace your truths?