This exercise, I think, should be done on a regular basis as I think the answers would evolve over time and as a gut check to see if you are on the right path to what you initially thought.
The exercise was to answer the question 'Why I Want To Write' and do it in a free form, quick fire, whatever your brain had at that moment get it out. The second part was to read that list you created and spend a little more thought and come up with Challenges in accomplishing the first list.
I initially did this over a year ago and it is off the cuff, so the list is written as such.
Why I Want To Write
- Explore and expand my creative side, can do writing everywhere, I can't get out enough to expand photography (side note - I also am a photographer)
- turn it into extra income
- I want to see my name in print
- I want to prove to myself I am good at it and can accomplish it
- I feel I have good, original ideas that are different
- I can do it anywhere, anytime
- Distant dream to become very good at it to be able to quit IT and completely on my own for work and income
- I love to read and feel I can write
- Expand my world
- success is all in my control
- I haven't done it before
- If Dan Brown can do it, so can I. Great ideas, bad writer.
- My worlds, my rules.
- Writing is a self discipline, hard to start and stick to a routine.
- Analytical minds conflict with the free style creative process. Over thinking.
- Hard to mentally grasps drafts that are not fully complete blueprints.
- Mental Attitude.
- Write everyday no matter what you write. No need for a plan just get words on paper. Stories, journals, make it routine.
These are the things that I get down long before I really started to focus on it. Before I started following other authors, even before I started up my first Twitter account I think. So far, I was dead on accurate for the Challenges and I could add many more to that list.
I guess my point is it's healthy to get these types of things out and recorded. Hindsight is always 20/20 and you can lose sight on why you started a new journey and forget where you are going. Having it down where you can't ignore it is a useful tool. Listen to yourself, record everything you can.
Time to turn the page.