An Artist’s Mission Statement

I recently finished the first draft of my third novel, GIRLS ON THE VERGE, and sent it off to my editor. It’s an odd thing to hit send and go on about your day when your characters have occupied your every waking moment for months and months, but it’s also nice to clear your brain and have a ponder about what’s up next. And this always makes me think about the mission statement I made several years back. A mission statement is something every artist should make before she steps out onto that path. A mission statement helps remind you about who you are as an artist and what you want to say. The other day, while I was frantically trying to pull the last strings of my story together, I was listening to a soundtrack I made when I wrote my second novel, THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID, which you can listen to here: THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID soundtrack . I had thrown a Wailin’ Jennys song on it, simply because I really like the harmony, but I listened closely to the lyrics and realized how much the song reflected my mission statement. For me, I want every story I write to show that your dreams are worth the struggle, and that you, my dear reader, matter.

Do you have a mission statement for your life? I’d love to hear about it!

You Are Here, Lyrics

You wonder why you wonder when

You wonder how now and then

How you became who you’ve become

You are here

And yet you dream of being there

Of being where you think the good life has begun

Every darkened hallway

Every fallen dream

Every battle lost and

Every shadow in between

Will bring you to your knees and

Closer to the reason

And there’s no making cases

For getting out or trading places

And there’s no turning back

No you are here

Who can say who made the choice

In the matter of your birth

Who brought about that fateful day

Well you are here and born with fire and desire

You’re the only one can stand in your way

And every broken arrow

Every hardened smile

Every foolish gamble and

Every lonely mile

Will bring you to your knees and

Closer to the reason

And there’s no making cases

For getting out or trading places

And there’s no turning back

No you are here

And every sign of love

Every seed that’s growing

Every sweet surrender

To that silent knowing

Will bring you to your knees and

Closer to the reason

And there’s no making cases

For getting out or trading places

And there’s no turning back

No you are here

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