Some Questions about Process
I do this assignment with my students to get them to think more concretely about their writing process and what blocks they may be encountering with their writing. This questionnaire serves as a self-diagnostic and leads the writer to approach issues of the writing process with a solution-oriented approach.
Write down your answers to the following questions:
1. What do you like about your writing?
2. What do you like about your writing process?
3. How does a lack of confidence hinder your writing process?
4. How does that lack of confidence reflect some way you identify or characterize yourself?
5. How can you change that?
6. What do you want to change about your writing?
7. What do you want to change about your writing process?
8. How do you define yourself as a writer?
9. How would you like to change your sense of yourself as a writer?
10. What do you see as holding you back as a writer?
11. How can you overcome those limits or blocks?
12. How could a change in the way you identify or think of yourself help you to overcome those limits or blocks?
13. How do you react to criticism of your work?
14. How could you employ criticism of your work in a more useful way?
15. How is your writing limited by the ways you say, “I can’t do that” or “That’s not me”?
16. What are your goals for this course (or after reading this book)?
17. What are your goals for the next few years as a writer?
18. What is your image of the writer you want to become?
19. What are the subjects and themes you want to explore next as a writer?
20. Where do you think writing about these things will lead you?
List the topics, areas, themes you want to explore with your writing in the coming months, years.