Know Your Why as a Writer

know-reasonThe main question that can take a while to answer is the reason why you write. This involves thinking about which path you wish to go on. There is an abundance of information online about what you could do and the paths you can take. The issue is when an assumption is made that you already know the reason why you want to write. Some of these describe processes and give advice in areas that may not be relevant to you. If you know your why this can make it so much easier to sift through all the advice.

First Step

For me the first reason was simply to write a novel. After the novel was complete in first draft it was time to reassess. I took my notebook and wrote down a brief summary of why I was writing. This helped to keep the focus and also act as a guide to revisit where later on. If you keep your reason why short and simple it can be useful in many ways. Including the task of searching through information and finding what suits you best.

Each Stage

I found myself re-evaluating the reason why on several occasions. Each time it has helped to stay focused on what I am doing now and where I would like to be. In the early stage I began writing just for me it was not designed to be read by others. At the time that was fine because it was practice. It took many drafts before it was ready for an audience. A few years later when my writing continued and one manuscript became three. It was time to rethink the early goals and my reason why.

Long Term Goals

Writing is a process and the craft can take years to develop. A long-term plan of where you intend to be can help keep track of your progress. You do not have to stay with the plan, but it helps when you need to readjust. If you intend to publish there are many options. This can help refine the option to one that best suits your goals. It can also help you focus on what will best help you to achieve the long-term goals. In the beginning it can be a daunting task, but every step can bring a goal a little bit closer.




Published by Chantelle Griffin

The ultimate quest is about to begin. If you love fantasy with adventure and a hint of the unexpected. Escape into fantasy, and the mystical world of magic mixed with adventure. Where you are in good company. Although chose your company wisely. There are anti-heroes, wizards, and a range of chaotic characters ahead. Not to mention dragons. A fantasy world set in an ancient mythical world has to have dragons. Tales of sword and sorcery with danger thrown in. Captivated Chantelle from a young age. Reading until all hours of the night to find out what would happen to the characters. There was just one problem the fantasy world was not enough. The story would finish far too soon. Hidden away in the distant past the life of a fantasy writer began. The real life struggles have been a saga all of their own for author Chantelle Griffin. Originally known as Chantelle Lowe and born in Tasmania, Australia. Her dreams haunted her from an early age. Vivid tumultuous dreams carrying adventure and danger. Took the author into her own fantasy world filled with sorcery and treachery. A story that continues to captivate her writing. If you love fantasy with adventure follow the Legacy of Zyanthia series.

6 thoughts on “Know Your Why as a Writer

  1. Good post, and thought provoking. I’ve always just liked writing, but now that I am writing a novel I should probably think about my goals in a long term sense.

    1. It is fantastic for knowing how much you have achieved when you get further along. When I have a week where almost nothing gets done it is easier to deal with self doubt when there’s a goal to head towards. Good luck 😊

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