Thursday, August 11, 2016
What Goals Do You Have For Your Book?
What should your goals be, as a writer, for your book?
You may answer this a number of ways:
· To make money
· To become famous
· To land a movie deal
· To get a multi-book contract
· To be a best-selling writer
· To win awards
· To receive critical acclaim
· To become a classic in 100 years
But those are all about you, the individual. What about your book – what hope do you have that it will impact others, or change or save lives? Will it inform, inspire, enlighten, and truly help others? Will it entertain readers or give them hope or comfort?
Maybe you don’t have any goals as a writer or for your book. You just write, because that’s what you know to do. It’s what you love and it comes naturally. In fact, if you didn’t write you’d feel like you are missing out or not fulfilling a purpose. Writing books is a two-way-street – it’s both a benefit to the writer and reader. Society needs books and writers want, no, need to feel they must, write them.
· Do you tear up at a certain movie scene?
· Do you get choked up when you hear a particular song?
· Do you marvel at natural wonders, such as sunsets?
· Do you feel ecstasy when entangled with a lover?
· Do you feel utter satisfaction when eating chocolate?
· Do you feel excited when you win a bet?
This is how writers feel when they write. Not all the time, and not throughout the entire writing process, but writers get a high or sense of satisfaction when pen touches paper, finger strikes keyboard. The flow of ideas can exceed our blood flow; the mind moves faster than the body. But writing is a workout of our brain, our feelings, our soul. It’s medicinal and maddening. We write to confront the ugly truths of life, but we also look to correct them, even escape from them by re-writing the world.
Writers want their books to be read, not just praised or purchased. They want to impact lives, for their words to live beyond their time. They want to make the world better or to help others find a better way to live. They write to confess, to challenge, and to lead. They write out of pain, confusion, loss, and anger. They also write out of hope, joy, love, and a vision for the future. They write to record history and preserve the reality that they may also want to alter or change our perceptions of.
All writers don’t write for the same reasons any more than they write about the same things or choose the same form and level of vocabulary to express themselves. But writers do have many things in common and are much, much more alike than not. Once we’ve chosen to take to writing to make sense of life and to use it to communicate our desires, dreams, and passions, we’ve committed to a certain path.
Where do you want your path to lead? What do you hope will become of your book? Even if you luckily breakthrough to earn good money and some notoriety from your writings, what do you truly want to see happen with how your book is read and lived by others?
Find out what your answer is and then begin to write in a way that leads you to achieve that metric. Put in the time and effort to become who you want to be. Filter your writings through a prism that zeroes in on the content and style that you believe will get you closer to achieving your dreams. Even if you fall short, you’ll appreciate the journey that much more, and who knows, maybe your words will move another.
I hope I stirred your mind, made you think. I hope I moved you to take action, not just reflection. I hope you share this with another and help me live my dream.
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