Writing Session One Preview 4/16/18

Author Deedra Mosley

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Writing Session One 

Writing goals are developed by finding your writer’s voice. Finding your writing voice comes by examining your moral compass. In this session, we will focus on developing these three key areas.

Definition of Moral Compass: Your developed sense of right and wrong which guides your writing and develops your writing voice.

To find your Moral Compass, you must ask yourself what helps shape your preferences as a person. Everyone has things that help them make choices.

Some common answers to the question what shapes my Moral Compass are:

  • Religious beliefs
  • Political views
  • Family raising
  • Health crisis
  • Education


 Try to be specific when you are putting your answers and tell the story of what happened that brought you to your current comfort zone.

Your moral compass answers will help you set your writing voice. When you write there are things you will find comfortable because of your life experience. Some things you will find challenging due to your feelings on the subject matter or lack of life experience with the issues needed to move your plot along.

Example one of a Moral Compass answer: I had a spinal tumor, and it taught me to be humble. I went through a battle with my physical limits and depression from the loss of my abilities. I am comfortable writing about disabilities because I have one myself. What I am uncomfortable writing about is graphic depictions of abuse of those with disabilities. It makes me uncomfortable and emotional.

Example two of a Moral Compass answer:

           Moral Compass               The result of my Moral Compass
I am a Christian and follow Biblical Teachings. Being of one faith can make it hard to write about people who do not share that faith without being prejudiced.
I am a disabled single mother. Life as a disabled mother is different from being a non-disabled mother. It can be difficult to not use my personal experience as the generalized experience for all my single mother characters. I would need to step out of my one-dimensional viewpoint at times to develop my single mother characters according to their life experiences without infusing them all with just my personal one.
I am pro-life. My being pro-life can cause me as a writer to struggle with writing about children being unwanted or discarded.


My father taught me to respect the opinions of others even when I disagree with them. My father’s teaching is good but might make it hard for me to develop a character that is highly prejudice and small minded.


Your answers will help you to see your strengths and weaknesses as a writer. You can choose to write what you are morally comfortable with or to grow areas you struggle with and find ways to write those hard issues without compromising your moral standards or disrespecting those of others. The purpose of this exercise is to identify areas you may be uncomfortable in and determine what you can draw from to build your writing.

Below is a chart for you to fill in. 

Moral Compass Chart

                 Moral Compass         The result of my Moral Compass
























































Example of writing voice is:

Life-affirming with my focus on building up dark worlds but having the theme of hope in each one.

My writing voice is:


Example of writing goal: To have both darkness and light in my works leaving my readers with hope despite despair.

My writing goal is:


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