A key question I think most of us would-be, published authors need to answer for ourselves:
What Kind of Writer Am I?
Whether you start out at the 30,000 ft. definition or the 100 ft. definition, knowing what kind of author you “should be” or “want to be” is a key place to start.
Am I a fiction writer? (30,000 ft.)
Am I a writer for children’s pop-up books? (5,000 ft.)
Am I a writer to homeschooling fathers, who are also work-at-home dads? (100 ft.)
Why start here?
There are always new ideas to work on, new projects to get involved in, or a new markets to try and get a piece of the pie from. But the most effective companies (even departments within those companies) have their own mission statement in order to target which ideas, projects and markets to focus on. This overriding concept is what gives the company/department direction and allows them to bases their decisions around.
For instance the mission statement at my current employer’s call center:
Dedicated to working as a team to provide timely, accurate and quality support to ensure our customers’ success with our products.
But all our decisions and project efforts should be able to directly answer the question, “How is this effort or expense going to help us meet our mission statement?”
Thus, authors, just like business units, need a mission statement to define us.
How to write an author’s mission statement?
I’ll try to answer this question for myself and others in the next post.