If you’re like me, you’ll take stock of your progress in 2010 and resolve to do more/better in 2011. But before you make those important short-term goals, I think every writer should consider writing a Mission Statement. With all the time you spend writing, you want to make sure you’re chasing YOUR dream, not someone else’s. Whether that dream is to write a NYTimes bestseller or be an award-winning author, to share your story with your friends or simply to have a creative outlet, you want to know what drives you – to make sure you’re on the right path and don’t arrive at NYC only to find you like it better in Kansas.
I wrote my Mission Statement 1.0 last year, when I finally decided to get serious about my writing. It came in handy literally the next day, when my publisher first contacted me, suggesting that I submit to them. Now, a year later, after publishing with a small press, completing another manuscript, and writing a third novel – and with a year of blogging under my belt – I have a deeper understanding of my craft, the business, and the place I want to have in it.
This week, I’ll be talking about my lessons learned along the way. But first, I refreshed my Mission Statement.
Mission Statement 2.0
To leverage my background in science, engineering, politics and life, to create compelling stories and characters that pose moral questions to young readers and make them think. To have every story be an improvement in craft. To be a leader and member of a supportive writing community, through blogs, critiques, and social networking. To create a body of novel length works that reaches a large number of young readers, to provide the greatest impact on young lives.