Dun Writin’—Now Whut? – 51 Identifying Your Book’s Goal (A series by Susan Uttendorfsky – Owner of Adirondack Editing)

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If you’ve written a book, what was the goal of the book?

If you’re not sure, you’re also not alone. A lot of writers don’t examine their goals in writing at all. They know they want to write, and perhaps they know exactly what they want to write—a memoir, a science-fiction series, a literary novel.

There are two types of goals, as I see it, in writing. One would be termed “writing goals”—setting goals in order to assist you with the actual put-your-butt-in-the-chair-and-write action. That will be the subject of a later article.

Today we’re going to discuss “book goals.” What was the idea or purpose behind writing your book? Marketing yourself or a business? Leaving a legacy? Sharing your expertise? Selling a ton of copies? Telling a great story? Communicating a new idea? All of the above?

What your book goals are will help determine how much time you…

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