Weekend Roundup: #Writer’s #Platform Challenge – Self Definition and Setting Goals

Writer’s Platform Challenge

Day 1: Define Yourself

The first task is as critical as it is difficult with reference to establishing a platform. You must know who you are, what you stand for, and what you have to offer. I followed the questionnaire Mr. Brewer shared. The last question was the hardest. Here are my responses:

Name (as used in byline): Maxie Steer

Position(s): Poet, Fiction Writer, Blogger, Educator

Skill(s): proofreading, editing, creative writing (poetry and fiction), blogging, public speaking, teaching.


Social media platforms: Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Blogger.


Accomplishments: Third place in the Royal Palm Literary Awards’ Unpublished Poetry category in 2012; Top 25 Poem in April 2012 Poem A Day Challenge; Finalist in November 2011 Poem A Day Chapbook Challenge; Top 50 Poem in April 2011 Poem A Day Challenge.

Interests: Writing, family, faith, fantasy football, business, public speaking, reading, technology, candy.


In one sentence, who am I? Maxie Steer is a Christian, business student, poet, fiction writer, and sporadic blogger using her skills to help others realize their goals and to glorify God.



Day 2: Setting Goals

Goal setting is an important building block in the writer’s platform because it defines where you are headed in your journey. It is great to have these in your mind, but writing them down makes them more concrete.

Short Term Goals (goals to be completed in the next six months)

  1. Complete both the Writer’s Platform and Chapbook Challenge
  2. Restart editorial schedule on the blog
  3. Increase blog readership by 100%
  4. Enter poems into RPLA competition
  5. Submit work to 3 literary magazines

Long Term Goals (goals to be completed before kicking the bucket)

  1. Publish a chapbook
  2. Publish a full length poetry collection
  3. Publish a novel
  4. Write a devotional book
  5. Win a literary competition


Do you find it hard to define yourself in one sentence? Would you consider this sentence a mission statement?

What are some of your mid-term goals (things you can accomplish before the year ends, but not within 6 months)?


Due to modem issues at the house, this post is delayed. Forgive me as I try to catch up with the updates 😉