Stories, oral or written are powerful mediums for passing messages. The keyword is messages; before you put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard, you need to ask yourself the following questions
1. What do I really want to say? What is my message?
2. Why do I want to say it?
3. To whom am I saying it or writing it?
4. What is my medium? (less important for now)
So what is the goal of my writing? What is the purpose? I wrote a book titled Gold River; my aim was to highlight some issues that plague women and girls in African societies. I observed that there were certain things women bore and it bothered me, and I felt I needed to contribute to the discussion in some way. My purpose for the book was for it to be a conversation starter, something people would read and query the status quo, for instance I wrote about domestic violence, using the medium of short stories to highlight the issue.