In this blog, I will share to you one of the most effective and powerful methods that I practice (and it really works for me) in all my writing works, which is:
Declaring a writing mission and vision.
I find this approach applicable to all types of writing works, because any writing work (and other creative works) comes from an idea or inspiration, that can be upgraded into something purposeful and valuable. Declaring a writing mission and vision is actually the process of turning your idea or inspiration into a deeper sense of intentionality to your writing creations. By doing this, your mind and heart will recognize a clearer and stronger conviction of the values that you want to convey in your message.
Mission — this is where you have to ask yourself, “why and what”. This is the main purpose of the writing work that you plan do. (See below How to Declare a Writing Mission and Vision, wherein I placed examples of “why and what” guide questions that can help you to dig deeper in your idea and inspiration.
Vision — this is the “how and when” you are going to make your mission happen. It includes a brief plan overview how you will carry out the writing works.
At the last portion of this blog, I shared an actual photo of my own writing mission and vision of one of the stories that I wrote. You will notice how simple it is, but it actually helped me a lot with my creative process of writing the story.
How to Declare a Writing Mission and Vision
1. After coming up with an idea or inspiration, note it in your mobile phone (if the inspiration arrived unexpectedly and you are not present with a pen and paper) or better to write it down longhand as possible as you can, so you won’t surely forget. (In my blog, 4 Ways of Creative Process in Writing, I mentioned the importance of “taking notes of the inspiration”. You can read the whole blog here.)
2. Ask yourself the following questions that can help you look beyond the meaning of a simple idea. In answering these questions, focus on the desire of “sharing” or “adding value” to readers.
- Why do I want to share this particular idea or inspiration?
- What values can I get from this?
- What perspective or viewpoint that will challenge my bravery and make a stand to what I believe in?
3. Write down your answers to these questions, and you will see how much more values can be squeezed out of a plain idea or inspiration.
4. Visualize and plan how you want to express these ideas. Are you going to write an informative blog? A fiction story? A novel? (Your writing style will reflect on this step.) State how you will publish it — on your blog site? Facebook page (or other social media platforms)? Set a date when you need to finish the story.
Important: Write down all your ideas, reflections and plans on paper. Taking notes longhand will enhance your mind to think clearer and to be in alignment with the flow of creativity. It also secures your thoughts in case some of them might slip away after a few minutes or so.
Whether I write a short story, poem, random thoughts or an informative blog, I always start from an idea or inspiration. My short story, Three Perspectives of Dream, started from a simple text conversation with a friend who also has a passion for writing. She ecstatically shared to me that she just finished writing two short stories in one day and even showed me a photo of her computer screen dazzled with creative words and paragraphs. I told her how happy I was that she got back to writing and encouraged her to publish it on a blog site. And her answer surprised me:
“I am not sure if I really want to publish my stories. I write because it’s a therapeutic thing for me. Writing allows me to reconnect with my soul and it makes me happy. I don’t write to be read. I simply write for myself.”
Her answer is a new perspective to me. The writers I’ve met, including myself, share a common perspective in writing — that writing is a passion that we want to do because it pleases our soul, and at the same time, we write because we want to share our thoughts, imaginations and skills to other people. I never heard of a writer who loves to write only for herself and does not desire to be read until I had this conversation with her.
Then it hit me this: that there are different perspectives of dream (writing in particular). From this idea, I conceived the desire to write a short story that will give way to this new perspective and reach out to other dreamers that whatever kind of dreamer they are, it has to be respected and our dreams are incomparable to others. You can read the whole story here.
(This is the photo of my actual writing mission and vision for the story, The Three Perspectives of Dream. It is simple, precise and clear.)
Benefits of Declaring a Writing Mission and Vision
Applying this method in your writing works can bring many benefits to your creative process. I encourage you to put this in your work the moment you conceive an idea or inspiration, so that you can discover for yourself how it can help you become a better writer. In this blog, I cited some of the remarkable benefits I gained in declaring a writing mission and vision.
- It trains my mind to always look for something valuable in every idea. Even in what I initially thought a mundane idea, like a wilting leaf of a plant, but as I make an effort to reflect and challenge my mind to go deeper, I realized that people can learn a lot from a wilting leaf such as nature has its own process, season of life, beauty and death.
- I produce better outputs as I become more intentional. Because I have a clearer and stronger intention to serve others by adding values to my stories and publications, I take my stories more seriously. In the past, I used to write in a zig-zag direction and it made my messages shallow. I used to settle for less and crap works. Now, I am more confident that my works have greater impact to my readers because I know that what I’ve shared in my works are products of best effort and good intentions.
- I become more focused and disciplined in working on my stories. Writing a vision even for a simple short story gives my subconscious mind an impression that it is an important work that I have to finish on a specific date I scheduled for myself. Because I know that I have deadlines to meet, I will do my best to always find time to write and give my whole heart and attention to it.
- It lightens the process of structuring my thoughts and writing flow. Because I’ve set specific intentions and values that I desire to give my readers, it protects my mind from entertaining other topics that would randomly try to distract me from writing what I originally intended to write about.
“A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world.” ~Susan Sontag
I hope you find something valuable here,
Writer & Writing Coach
ABOUT THE WRITER:
Her mission in life is to write and help other aspiring writers make their dream writing projects happen.
She says, “There is a strong urge from the core of my soul that I have to let my thoughts, wisdom and stories out through a platform that is accessible by people all over the world.”
She is from Manila, Philippines.