Too many times authors write without thinking about who they are writing for and why they are writing what they do. They write to get those stories out of their heads and onto paper for others to consume and enjoy. In doing so, many lose sight of trying to build a connection with their readers; to ensure that the story or message resonates with their readers, audience or market.
In this week’s roundup we focus on articles that are focused on connecting with your readers and the impact that those words can have on the world.
How to hook your reader when writing a novel
Robin Murphy shares some valuable tips on The Creative Penn how to develop and create the right hooks for grabbing your reader’s attention in Writing A Novel: How To Hook Your Reader
“Grabbing, and keeping, a reader’s attention is paramount for an author, especially in today’s crowded book market. Bored readers won’t become rabid fans.“
We always seem to think that this is mostly applicable to non-fiction writing, but it is just as crucial when writing fiction. Readers want to be intrigued from the opening so that their attention is fully immersed in the story. Robin gives several ideas on how exactly one can grab a reader’s attention with some excellent suggestions.
The power of teaming up – Join a writers group.
The editors of Writer’s Digest share an informative insight into the power of writing groups from around the world in Team Up! – What Makes Writing Groups Work..
These six groups from around the world share insights into how they operate, why the groups work and what benefits the writers gain from joining the groups. This allows one to make a informed decision if joining a writer’s group is something that will be of value to you and your writing. Then it’s just about finding the right one for you.
Every dream of writing a novel?- here’s what you need to do
Ali Hale provides you with the 10 crucial steps to writing a novel in How to Write a Novel: 10 Crucial Steps in this extensive article on Daily Writing Tips.
It provides one with a step-by-step process of what you need to do to get that novel written. This process will be of value to both rookie authors and seasoned professionals alike. Nothing is left out and it’s a flow that most anybody can follow and succeed in completing their novel.
Write a book about the change you want to see happen in the world
In this guest post Write a Book that authors the change you wish to see in the world by Nana Amir on Writers Digest she discusses the way in which authors can kick start the changes they want to see in the world by writing a book.
“It’s time to change your tactics—especially since you are a nonfiction writer. Put your words to use. Allow them to make a positive and meaningful difference. Author the change you want to see in the world.
That’s right. Become an Author of Change by writing a transformational or change-inspiring book.”
It’s about becoming an author of change and making your words count. This is something that is one of my personal passions. Many of us have knowledge, skills, experience and passion that needs to be shared with the world that can make a huge impact. That’s why we need to get these types of books written. In her article she explains why it’s so crucial and exactly how to go about it.
Don’t write for everyone – write for someone specific
In this hard hitting, pull no punches post Your work is Not for Everyone on his blog Jeff Goins, Jeff explains why you need to understand that you are not writing for everyone.
“The kind of work that doesn’t deserve criticism doesn’t deserve praise. If you don’t do something worth criticizing, you aren’t doing something worth appreciating.”
In the marketing world, this is something that everybody knows. However, as authors, we tend to sometimes lose sight of the same. We need to keep in mind that we have a specific audience, a group of readers that our stories and messages resonate with and those are the people we should be writing to.
So in Closing…
As authors we have a responsibility to make sure that the content we are crafting is what our readers will enjoy and what resonates with them. This is not about us and what we want, it’s all about them.
Hopefully, these articles will provide you with food for thought about your writing. Also, how you can make it better to connect with your readers and audience.
Happy reading till next week