122: Don’t Lose Your “Why” As you Write.

Finding purpose and focus in your writing during NaNoWriMo.

One week into NaNoWriMo and you now are trying to beat a deadline without purpose in your writing.

Don't Lose Your "Why" As you Write. episode 122


Does that sound like you? In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about writing with purpose. As we go through the motions of meeting our 1667 words a day, we must not forget the reason we write. We write to entertain, educate, encourage, and inspire people to action.

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There’s no doubt that NaNoWriMo is a lot of fun and very challenging all at the same time. But if we’re writing just to meet a deadline without purpose in why we write, I believe we should give up on the Nanaimo challenge. If you truly want your work to be published someday, this experience cannot just be a challenge. This experience should help you write something that can change someone’s life.

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Anything that I write, whether it’s a blog post like this, or I’m writing a book my goal is to not only entertain you with my words but inspire you to action. The same is true for the book I’m currently writing during NaNoWriMo month. I want this book to not only entertain but inspire people to trust God in the midst of tragedy.

I believe we need purpose and focus on our writing and I want to share with you four things that you need to focus on as you write your work of art for NaNoWriMo.

1. Your writing should entertain.

Remember that last exciting book you read, or you laughed, you cried, and you just flat-out enjoyed it? Maybe you recently read an article that was entertaining and kept you rivet it to the last sentence. This is the kind of writing we need to work on.

Anybody can write 1667 words, but if there’s no meaning behind them and they’re not going to entertain the reader and help them enjoy your work, you might as well hang up the hat. As you work on your daily challenge I encourage you to look at your finished work for the day, ask yourself this one question, did I enjoy what I wrote regardless of any changes that need to be made?

2. You’re writing should educate.

Remember back to your childhood when you read a book. You received new-found knowledge and you had to tell your parents every juicy morsel you learned. Our writing should be no different.

As you sit down to write, what is it you are trying to tell the reader? What one thing do you want the reader to learn so they can apply that to their life? Writing is a gift and using our knowledge to give people new knowledge is worth the effort and its weight in gold.

You can even use this method in novel writing. Yes, a novel is a made-up story, however, it must be grounded in reality and you must do your research. The better the research the better the story and the more you’ll be able to educate your readers about your topic.

3. Your writing should encourage.

Anytime I sit down to write, my number one goal is to encourage the reader and help them walk away feeling enlightened. Even if the piece of writing is sad, I want the reader to walk away thinking that their life is better and they’re thankful for it.

As you work through your NaNoWriMo challenge, ask yourself this next question, is my reader going to be encouraged and will their hearts be riveted into contemplating their own life? Make sure you hang onto the goal of encouraging your readers in a good way or a bad way to reflect on the good but encourage them nonetheless.

4. You’re writing should inspire.

Every reader wants to be inspired by action whether they know it or not. All writing has the power to make people change the course of their lives. This goes for fiction or nonfiction alike.

Think back to the last book or article you read and you were inspired to do something exciting, hold onto that feeling and write to give your readers the same experience.

We are one week into NaNoWriMo, and I wanted to encourage you to keep pressing forward to educate, entertain, encourage, and Inspire your readers into action. If we keep our goals for why we write what we’re writing, it will be easier to hit the 1667 words needed to complete the challenge in 30 days.

Go, write your stories and Inspire your readers like never before.

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