Writing for pure enjoyment is a wonderful thing! God has given us all gifts, and if you enjoy writing for fun, that’s great!

If, however, you want to write a story for a specific reason, it might help if you can ask yourself the following questions:

  • Who am I writing for?
  • What is the purpose of this story?
  • What reaction am I hoping to get from my readers?

Overcome evil with goodHere’s an example: you may be thinking about writing something for church children on the Good Samaritan theme. Your aim might be to help your readers to see that every person is a neighbour, even if other people don’t like them. You may want your readers to respond by being friendly and caring.

Whatever your purpose, write it down and be specific. While you are planning and writing your story, keep your readers and your aim in mind from the beginning right to the end. That will help you stay on track.

Oh, and don’t forget that every story needs to have lots of fun and humour, and be exciting! Even the most earnest of themes and purposes needs to be wound up in a thrilling plot. 🙂

We will be going into theme, purpose and reaching your target readers in more depth in the Write for a Reason course. You can read more about the course here: https://write-for-a-reason.com/course-details/

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