The world is filled with pain --
with lonely people struggling with burdens they feel they cannot bear --
with empty long nights for hurting souls who see no hope, no light.
When you put pen to paper or finger to keyboard -- think of them.
WHY PEOPLE READ IS HOW YOU SHOULD WRITE:
Think on why people read blogs -
1. People want to connect
Sometimes they want to connect by simply dropping by, lurking but smiling and nodding in agreement,
as they learn that someone else feels the same as they do about something, even in their very different life.
The same goes to why people read fiction --
They want to connect to characters who feel the same hurts and cherish the same hopes as they but in vastly different circumstances that take them away from the loneliness, boredom, or hurt they are feeling.
2. People are interested in People.
People read blogs for the personal touch the blog offers over a magazine, newspaper or the canned laughter of TV sit-coms.
They like that there’s a human behind the blog who shares their ups and downs, their tips or life hacks, and asks for advice back from readers.
Readers also enjoy watching a blogger’s writing style develop over time.
In like manner, people read fiction for the good company.
3. People are curious.
So, too, are prose readers:
They seek to find the similarity in struggling souls in different times, different countries, different lifestyles.
Living through the eyes of different characters lifts them out of their own problems if only for a little while.
4. People like to know they’re not alone.
It is the same with prose readers:
Lonely souls find affirmation and hope in reading of far-away characters (in time or social status) suffer from the same doubts and problems they do. They even find ways out of their own jungle by seeing how others struggled out of theirs.
5. People Like Authenticity.
People like to know they’re reading a real story when they click on a blog. No one likes to be taken for a fool.
Real, honest writing is what blog readers like.
And it is what prose readers are
Treat a minority, a class, a personality with contempt and cruelty, without compassion for their situation -- and you slam a wall between you and the heart of the reader.
No matter how fantastical the situation, if you write of the human heart in conflict with itself, with other striving hearts, the reader will "believe" your storyline -- caring and rooting for your heroine.
The wounds, the anguish, and the final triumph of the heroine will be lived by your reader who will return to your books again and again.
6. People like the closeness of a blog.
That closeness of writing is what brings prose readers to your books
over and over:
Haven't you read authors that had you feeling
as if they were sitting across the table from you, spinning their tales,
winking at you as they made an observation about living, about the bullies of life?
You had the feeling if you shared a meal or a drink with them that not only would you enjoy their company,
But they would enjoy yours.
Write as if you were sitting at that table with a lonely, hurting, or bored soul.
Sprinkle your tale with laughter, with sighs of shared sorrow, and with the most important things ... hope and friendship.
WHY DO YOU READ BLOGS?
WHY DO YOU READ THE AUTHORS YOU DO?
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