When I first started writing, I was naive enough to think that all I had to do was write. I could live in my own self-obsessed world and write about me, me, me and the world would come running to read all the brilliance I put on the page.
Boy, was I wrong.
Thing is, the art of good writing has less to do with the writer and more to do with the reader. Sure, we may be placing our personal experiences down on the page, masking it with a “fiction” label when it’s really just an account of our lives with different names and locations. But if what we write doesn’t touch the person who’s reading it, the story doesn’t matter anymore.
The best way to let go of yourself in your writing is to let go of perfection. Allow your characters to fail. Admit their (your) shortcomings. Let them make mistakes and suffer the consequences. Take away the protective bubble and watch them flounder before regaining their footing. The person reading your novel is an imperfect person, and they want to read about someone like themselves, and the journey towards overcoming.
Reading about imperfection makes us realize we’re not alone.
Even a memoir isn’t about the writer – it’s about the journey. A good memoir tells about the transcendence of moving from one realm to another. It helps the reader see something in themselves.
So when you write, keep your audience in mind. What can someone learn from what you have written? How can you change someone’s world? Choose someone you love and write for them. Let go of yourself.
And just write.
Crissi Langwell is the debut author of A Symphony of Cicadas. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
3 thoughts on “Reach the world with your writing”
I really like this. My blog is about “me”… But it’s true, it’s more about my journey and the trials and tribulations along the way. I will be sure to keep focus on my readers and not just my own emotions. Thank you!
There’s definitely a give and take. In a case like yours, readers are going to be interested in your emotional process as you grow and overcome. Don’t water that down. Your growth gives them hope. But remember to focus more on the things you have control over (your emotions, time, healing, process) than the things you don’t have control over (what an ass your ex is, lol). Btw, been there, done that, and everything works out with time and healing. 🙂
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