Last week I used the “gremlin” idea–or inner critic–from Create Your Writer’s Life by Cynthia Morris. This week I want to look at another idea she brings up–discovering your writing purpose and living it out.
I’ve always been a big believer in the fact that each of us has stories to tell that only we can tell. We have a unique set of experiences and perspectives that we bring to our stories and this has helped support and guide me in my writing.
But Cynthia couched it in these terms: “…discover your unique offering and…write it and…share it as you see fit.”
My unique offering. Wow. That has a different feel than just writing the stories only I can write.
What is our unique offering? How do we discover it?
Here are some questions I asked to get an answer:
- What makes me different than other writers as a person?
- What is different about my writing style?
- What is important to me in my life? How is that showing up in my stories?
I’m sure there are a lot of other questions we can ask, but I felt these three got me on a solid path. I hope these questions help you discover your purpose, your unique offering.
If you have other questions, please share them!
This is wonderful, Denise! Actually ALL your posts are wonderful—helpful beyond measure. Thanks for taking your valuable time to share your expertise on so many important aspects of writing. Yep, you’re a rock star.
Thank you so much, Carmela! I’m glad you found the post helpful. It’s important topic, one we don’t often think about and I’m grateful to Cynthia Morris and her book for helping me formulate my own. You rock, too!