Writing To Your Readers

5 Jun

003Welcome back on this 5th day of June, and thank you for the visit.

That is what we are going to talk about today….the visit that our readers make each and every time they read our work.

Writing should be a personal experience for the reader.  Of course there are some types of writing that do not lend themselves to the personal touch.  Technical writing about science is a tough one, as is writing about the legal profession.  I understand that, but for the most part none of us deals in that kind of writing.

No, I’m talking about our creative writing….our poetry….our flowing prose….that must connect with the reader on some human level.  We must appeal to them as friends appeal to each other.

A huge step in this direction is taken when we develop a comfortable writer’s voice.

Remember always that you are not writing in a vacuum.  Keep your audience foremost in your thoughts and then speak to them.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“When we see a natural style we are quite amazed and delighted, because we expected to see an author and find a man.” ~Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670

What a great quote.  Yes, when we write in a natural style, we suddenly become a human being to our readers rather than just some disconnected name on the page.

TIP OF THE DAY

Engage with your readers!

What does that mean?  Picture yourself sitting down and having a conversation with a friend.  You are both relaxed, and there is a comfortable interchange of thoughts and ideas.  Your friend is interested in what you have to say and you feel the same about them.

Writing should be like that conversation.  The reader should feel like they are reading the words of an old friend.  They enjoy what you have to say and they look forward to your next words.

SITE OF THE DAY

NewPages.com has a handy list of writer’s conferences and festivals around the United States and Canada.  Check it out here and then give some consideration to going to one and advancing your writing career.

WRITER OF THE DAY

Say hello to my friend Jackie Lynnley from HubPages. I have known Jackie for over a year now, and found her to write with heart and soul.  Give her a shout out and tell her Bill sent you. J

BOOK OF THE DAY

Well, actually this is a magazine….Writer’s Digest Magazine….I get this each month and find it filled with great advice from the pros. It is my go-to source for new ideas and tips.  If interested in a subscription, go here, and no, I don’t get any money for saying that. J

PROMPT OF THE DAY

high dive

Yes indeed, another prompt to get your juices flowing.  I’m guessing you all have some reaction to this picture. Hopefully there is an article in it for you.

SEE YOU TOMORROW

The weeks do fly, don’t they?  Tomorrow is Thursday and yes, I’ll be here…good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.  I hope you have a productive day of writing.  Remember….keep the reader in mind when you are writing.

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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14 Responses to “Writing To Your Readers”

  1. Clear-eyed Sky June 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    I had such a difficult time making the transition from “term paper writer” to “online writer”. I still struggle with it at times. Often, I have to go back and change my words because they’re are too dry and technical-sounding.

    • Bill Holland June 5, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

      Lizzy, it is tough doing content work and then switching to hubs…I struggle with it constantly.

  2. Janine Huldie June 5, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    Couldn’t agree more that the best writing engages and makes you feel like you are having a conversation with an old friend over a cup of tea. That is seriously how I feel when I read you writing and you definitely do succeed in the department and so much more. Happy Wednesday and hope you are having a great one!! 🙂

    • Bill Holland June 5, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

      Janine, thank you. As for you, you certainly master this in your blog so no worries on your account.

      Have a great day my friend.

  3. ruchira June 5, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    Once again, great tips Bill.

    Got keep them engaged so that they keep hearing you out 🙂

    I loved today’s pix… intriguing indeed!

    • Bill Holland June 5, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

      Thanks Ruchira…I loved that pic too. 🙂

  4. Audrey Howitt June 5, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    So interesting the question of whether to write for yourself or for your readers–One I think a fair amount about

    • Bill Holland June 5, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

      True, Audrey, and one I struggle with as well. 🙂

  5. pictimilitude June 5, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    I love those photo prompts! Usually I’m headed in a different direction, but wouldn’t you know, I have an idea for a creative blog hop I want to create. Yippee skippeeeee! I hope you’re having a FANTASTIC day, Big Bro. 🙂

    • Bill Holland June 5, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

      Cyndi, you may be the most creative person I know…you always have ideas….you go, girl!

  6. Glimmer Creates June 5, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    Bill – Your work and help has been an inspiration to me. I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award. Check out the website link for information.

    • Billybuc June 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

      Awww, that was so sweet of you. Thank you so much. I am honored and humbled, and you put a big old smile on my face. 🙂

  7. Melanie Chisnall June 6, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    I actually felt anxious looking at that photo! Taking a jump like that….guess that’s what we’re doing as freelancers…jumping into the unknown in a way, LOL. Have a super day!!

    • Bill Holland June 6, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

      Mel, that was my first thought as well…take a leap of faith and hope the water is deep enough. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my friend.

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