3 Questions Every Writer Should Answer
Updated: Nov 22, 2020
There are many reasons why we write. For most writers, we have felt a calling, something that has pulled us to the pen, usually from early childhood. As writers, we must ask ourselves important questions to further connect ourselves to the craft.
Who am I writing for? The question of audience is important for every piece we publish. It's important to have a general idea (for your entire body of work) of who your target audience is. More broadly, who do you want to inspire with your writing?
What themes, character types, or ideas do I tend to focus on? Upon reviewing many of your own pieces, it may become clear to you that there is a common thread between them. Do not look at this as a negative thing -- instead, the unconscious repetition in your writing reveals what you care about most. Being conscious of this may help you better understand yourself as a writer.
How often am I actually reading? It's tough not to get caught up in the activities of our busy day-to-day lives. I find it helpful to keep an inventory on how often I am reading, as I am more creative when I am consistently picking up a book. It could be beneficial to keep track of this in a physical planner or Calendar app.