I Chose, Created and Honor the Mission!!!

Published March 7, 2014 by ellarite

Today I focus on my mission.

What is my mission?

To entertain folks by writing the stories that brew within my imagination.

“But isn’t that the mission of EVERY WRITER?” You ask.

“It most certainly is,” I answer.  (Amazing, I don’t even know you.  But I digress…)

I realized that successful businesses utilize mission statements to explain the purpose of that business.

A mission statement, defined by Entrepreneur.com, focuses on key goals.

Mission statements

 explain what to do and how to do it in a neat paragraph.

  Quite frankly, if it’s good enough for McDonalds, then it’s good enough for me.  So I set out to create a personal mission statement.   The website, Entreprenuer.com, has a list of questions if you’d like to create your own mission statement.  The link is:  http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/65230#.

I used simplicity to create my mission statement.

I listed my key goals,

an output based upon the goals,

steps needed to complete the goals and

the uniqueness of my goals.

  1. What is my goal/concept:                                  Create, write and publish
  2. What is my key measure ( aka: output):         at least one believable story
  3. Steps needed for key measure:               common vernacular, relatable settings, unique characters
  4. What makes measure unique:                describes how mundane lives are interrupted

Next, I placed my answers in paragraph form and voila, my personal mission statement:

‘To create, write and publish at least one believable story by using common vernacular, relatable settings and unique characters, to describe how mundane lives are interrupted by unexpected, dangerous and/or chaotic circumstances.’

My mission statement directs every decision I make in regards to writing.

Seriously, minor questions such as ‘should I create a “writing room” or write at the kitchen table?’ were filtered through my mission statement.  My answer was based on the ability to increase productivity to my mission. Therefore, I created a writing nook in the living room.  It’s MY space which has all my writing gear:  computer, printer, binders, bins, paper, pencil, etc.  It works for me.

Do you have a defined mission?  What strategies do you use to ensure success?   I’d really love to know.

Until next time,

Ella.

PS:

The last post explained my plan to become a successful writer.   I don’t kid myself.  Writing is a job.  It’s a fun job, but still a job.  All writers are independent contractors who run a small business.

Therefore, I based my 3-year plan (aka: my roadmap to success, aka: my business plan) loosely on information I received from the US Small Business Administration website:

(http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/starting-managing-business/starting-business/how-write-business-plan.  Retreived 01Mar2014)

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I Want to Write, now what?

Published February 25, 2014 by ellarite

My personality toggles between A-minus and B-plus.   Depending on my mood, I can obsess about a project (I want the garage cleaned TODAY) or ignore the need for a project (who cares about a dirty garage?)

Another facet of my personally revealed itself during my military experience:  I HATE CLUSTERF*CKS! CF’s drive me crazy.  The pulling-the-hair, buggy-eyed, babbling-curses type of crazy.

Therefore, I must start any project, cleaning the garage or attempting a writing career, with a plan.  I need the plan.  I CRAVE the plan.  Heck, sometimes I make plans about the type of plan I’ll use.  (I’m twisted, I know.)

Before cleaning my garage, whenever that day comes, my to-do list will look like this:

1.  Put cleaning supplies on next to interior door.

2.  Place all tools on work bench.

3.  Put all cloth materials on pool table.

You get the idea.  What does that have to do with writing, you ask?  Well, my writing journey began with a plan.

I created a “3-year To-Do List” and checked off the appropriate boxes once completed.

MY PLAN

(Year One)  June 2012 – June 2013

  1.  Create a mission statement (then write).      DONE
  2. Create a vision statement (then write).           DONE
  3. Educate self on the craft of writing (then write).     DONE
  4. Collect appropriate supplies (then write).     DONE
  5. Network with other writers (then write).     DONE
  6. Begin submitting work to publishers (then write).     DONE

(Year Two)  June 2013 – June 2014

  1. Continue education.
  2. Attend writing conventions.   (DONE)
  3. Invest in writing software.    (DONE)
  4. Obtain a PO Box.     (DONE)
  5. Research duotrope.com.  (DONE)
  6. Increase networking exposure.  (Blog? Twitter? Facebook?)
  7. Increase amount of weekly submission to publications.
  8. Participate in NaNoWriMo 2013.  (DONE)
  9. Complete the novel from 2013 NaNoWriMo.

This plan has been successful for me.  How so, you ask?

  1.  My writing is stronger.  I’ve learned my strengths and weaknesses.
  2. I’ve met people at various points in their career.  Some are amateur writer (like me), some chose to self-published (what bravery!), and then there are the highly acclaimed, award-winning authors (my goal).
  3. I AM CONVINCED that my dream to become a successful author WILL become a reality.  No hedging or anything.  It will happen…someday.
  4. Removed guesswork by keeping me on track.  I know the next move.

So, to my fellow writers and authors in cyber land, I ask you:  Do you have a plan?

If not, why?  It’s not a philosophical question, I really want to know.

Until next time.