In light of all that, I would like to do something a little different and special.
Today we will be having a special guest post by author Alicia Willis. I am so grateful that she could take time out of her busy schedule to write this post for you all!
Writing with Purpose
by Alicia Willis
Even as I sit here, I am writing with a purpose. I could be writing about gallant knights, a castle siege, or a Roman chariot race. I could be writing about a romantic proposal or a chilling, rainy-day mystery in a coffee shop. And, all of those topics would be writing with a purpose if one specific thing was involved.
It is called priorities.
You see, I am writing on this topic because it is a priority. Not because I necessarily enjoy it or because it is fun – although I must admit I do enjoy writing on anything that may benefit a fellow writer.
Generally speaking, priorities are what separate the amateurs from the professionals in the real world of writing. There are those who scribble because they enjoy it – and what writer doesn’t enjoy his or her craft? Yet, mere enjoyment will not accomplish the goals a true writer-with-purpose will have. Almost always, you will find that those who write only when they feel like it or flit aimlessly from manuscript to manuscript are defined by never accomplishing anything. They may write on a daily basis. But their lack of priorities creates a ceaseless cycle of writing without a purpose.
And the hard truth is simple. Writing without a purpose results in wasted hours with nothing to show for your time and energy. The world does not benefit from the words you have been given. And you yourself have little to show.
Too often, I meet young writers who laughingly describe their dozen-plus projects, explaining how they move from manuscript to manuscript as they “get bored”. They want to be a writer. They really do. But they don’t understand the discipline it takes to fight past boredom, prioritize what is the most important, and actually accomplish something they can be proud of.
It sounds harsh, I know. But not if you want to separate yourself from the amateurs and work towards becoming a professional! So, now that you hopefully understand the seriousness of writing with a purpose, here are a few tips to help you towards that end.
1. Pick a project. You may have five or six stories rambling around in your creative mind, but you can only pick one. (Ouch. I know – it’s painful. But, trust me, you’ll be grateful one day!) Think long and hard about which of your stories means the most to you at the moment.
2. Stick with the project you choose. If you have other manuscripts going, lock them away if you have to. Resist snatching them up in a moment of boredom. You can do this!
3. Write every day on your manuscript. Yes, you may get bored. Yes, the story may seem never-ending. You may face Writer’s Block or, as I call it, Writer’s Un-enthusiasm. Fight through this. We all face similar dragons before our manuscript’s end. Pick up your pen (metaphorically speaking in this day and age!) and fight your way through to glory.
4. Persevere. (Yes, you’re getting the point. Writing with a purpose takes perseverance!) Don’t let discouragement, boredom, or anything else keep you from finishing your manuscript. Finish what you start. True, professional writers don’t rely on feelings to keep on writing.
If you think these tips are too difficult, allow me to say that I understand completely. I’ve had to learn to write under deadlines, under pressure, under boredom – you name it! I know from experience that if you rely on what you feel like doing, you don’t get anything accomplished. Is it always easy? No. But the rewards are amazing!
Lord willing, my sixth title releases in a few months. I will have been a published author for three years. Looking back, I know it was only because of the Lord’s grace and learning to discipline myself to write whether I feel like it or not that these books have come about.
So let’s get together in writing with a purpose. Who knows what amazing goals you will achieve?
About Alicia Willis
I am a published author, historian, born-again Christian, and musician. When not writing or doing endless historical research for my books, I enjoy crocheting, being a church pianist, and teaching music. I am also a vocalist and am working towards my three-year Faith Bible Institute diploma.As a writer, my goal is to produce family-friendly, character-building novels that portray history as it truly was. It is my hope that my books intrigue and inspire you, as well as give you new fascination for history. Beyond entertaining you, it is my hope that you come away from reading my books with a new appreciation for the past and plenty of fun, educational facts.
To visit me at my website, click HERE. Enjoy browsing though my books, watching my trailers, and checking out the medieval resources I've included for your benefit. And, if you like, leave me a comment! I'd be glad to hear from you!