Full question: “What objectives or goals do authors hope to achieve each time they write?” Asked by Quora user Pat Hatch.
This is a great question! Here is my answer.
I am an author and also a book coach and ghostwriter helping others bring their books to life.
Both of my books are nonfiction. In the first, “Write. Get Paid. Repeat.”, my goal was to provide real, relevant, useful information in an easy-to-read format on how to be a freelance writer, get clients, price yourself, and create a writing business. It was very straightforward and honest about both the good and the bad of being a freelancer.
In the second, “You Are Not Alone,” it was a totally different vibe and goal. My goal was to continue the conversation around the #metoo movement and was a collection of true stories of sexual assault, abuse, and harassment from contributors from around the world. I wanted to share these stories and keep the conversation going in a very real and raw way.
When it comes to writing a book, you need to know YOUR SPECIFIC goals and objectives. Just wanting to write or sell a book is not enough. WHY do you want to write a book?
Is it a subject you’re passionate about? An expert in? Do you have something to teach people? HOW will you teach them — through stories, examples, actionable steps?
With fiction books, it’s about making sure your characters are compelling and interesting. WHY do they do the things they do? What is their backstory, their motivations? Will the readers root for your main character? Do you build a world?
Well-written stories are the basis of fiction. It needs to tell a whole story, not only focus on the main characters at the exclusion of building a world and relationships.
Writing a book is personal. If you want to write one, it is very important to have goals and clear objectives and ideas of what you want from it and where you want to go after the book is written.