Thursday, December 30, 2010

What's Your Purpose?

Missy, here. As we look toward the new year, I'm wondering what drives you to write? What motivates you--powers you to keep going?

I just re-read a great article by Vicki Hinze. She has a wonderful article library for writers. You can go to her site to apply to have access by clicking here.

One of her articles is titled Why We Need a Plan. In the article, she has you look for your purpose so you'll know what motivates you. And don't we all need motivation! It's what keeps us trying and trying again as we struggle toward publication.

So why do you write? Why is it important to you?

I've posted before about how I see a lot of contest entries that are well written but have no heart. They're lacking emotion. I think each of us tends to write about our own personal theme. And exploring this theme may help us figure out our purpose--our reason for writing. I also believe we need to pour ourselves into this theme--sharing parts of ourselves that we may have a hard time sharing. But pouring ourselves into that writing is what makes it emotional. It's what makes an editor or agent stand up and take notice. It gives a book that certain spark.

I've discovered that I tend to write books where at least one of the main characters wants to be accepted for the way he/she is. I also think it's one of the themes of my life--needing to feel good enough, like I'm...enough. So keeping that in mind, I want to write stories that help people realize God loves them, and thus, they learn to love themselves. It's my reason for writing. It's what I want to pour into my stories.

So for the new year, I hope you'll think about your theme. Your reason for writing. And I hope if you're not sure, you'll spend some time thinking about it! :)

Happy New Year to all of you!! We're so grateful that you hang out here with us, and we look forward to spending 2011 with you.



  1. Hi Missy:

    Your theme is what comes out strongest in your books and what I like best about them. I think I commented about this in my review of your first book. I don’t know how to do what you do myself because I am sure what you do is not one thing. I think it is reflected in everything you put into the novel. I think your idea of theme has the same type of global effect that employing a strong Moral Premise has. That too involves everything you do.

    In a way it’s like a band that has finally found its sound. Thanks for sharing.

    It seems like forever since book three!


  2. Vince, I agree--too long! But book 4 will be out to book club subscribers in Feb. Then in stores in April. :)

    By the way, I'm sorry if the link didn't work. I'll try to fix it. But it may just be a problem on this computer.

  3. It took me a long time, but I figured out that my theme is usually wisdom. Not human wisdom, but God's wisdom leading us through our lives. I think it's interesting that themes often present themselves after the book is written.

  4. I think my theme is recovering from emotional pain when one feels like they've been let down by those who matter most to them - God and family.

  5. Great themes, ladies. In a way, writing from our hearts helps us heal from pain in our own lives.

    Vicki's website is back up now. She was having problems which is why the link didn't work the other day.