I write to shine a light on an otherwise dim or even pitch-black corner, to provide relief for myself and others.
Munson says she takes her author’s statement seriously. I suspect we all do — whether or not we know what ours says.
Practice: Come up with a sentence-long statement for yourself. Go broad, defining what you are here to do in general, or get specific by identifying the intentions that underlie something you do regularly.
Advanced practice: Ask a few carefully selected people whether they think the author’s statement you have created accurately reflects choices they see you make.