The Word for Writers
Know Your Readers
Know Your Readers
Someone once asked me, “Why do you write?” I can’t remember what my answer was, but if someone ask me the same question again, I will probably answer with a question, “Why do you read?”
My love of writing started from my deep love of reading. My favorite book is the Bible because it’s The Book of books. It’s packed with history, psalms, poetry, beautiful letters, real life stories of struggles and triumph, romance and love stories, inspired by The Greatest Love of all, God Himself. I also like reading different kinds of books written by great minds and ordinary minds who write from the heart who know how to awaken even the most lethargic reader.
A good speaker is not the one with a well-prepared speech. They are the ones who know how to deliver and catch the audience’s attention. He knows his audience. In comparison, I think good writers write unselfishly,with the best interest of others in mind. Their words are sincere, honest, direct to the point, entertaining, inspiring and simple.
There are some writers who are like “walking dictionaries” who like to impress with their excellent vocabulary, and high IQ’s that they just love to twist and turn the words like pretzels. I hate pretzels by the way. Some of them are too hard to bite and swallow, and bland to taste.
There are also those writings with very informative and helpful messages but are so lengthy . Let’s be honest, who has the time to read so much information in one sitting?
And please, try not to capitalize all the letters in your writings! Didn’t your kids tell you they don’t want you to scream? I got that lesson from my kids by the way.
I like short stories, as long as they are short. Once in awhile I read “ long” short stories as long as they are captivating enough with everyday dialogue. Who likes to read an exchange of conversation between Shakespeare and Einstein anyway?
I enjoy reading poetry and song lyrics especially when they are written as a way of praising God. They are very calming to my soul and spirit, like a good massage after a tiring day.
Writers, keep on writing. Write. Write. Write. Give all you’ve got especially your heart. Your readers will love you for it.
( Dedicated to all the readers and writers who inspired me to continue writing even with all my own set of imperfections. May God bless you all! )
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Gloria, Very well said. Keep on ... keeping on! God will honor all efforts we make to uplift and glorify His Holy name. I don't believe there can be any imperfection with an effort, coming from a heart filled with God's spirit and His blessed love. Any sincere deed coming from the heart is worth a zillion times more than an effort put forth, just for show. We write to praise and glorify God,not to glorify ourselves or others. So, keeping writing to glorify God's name. Bessie
Writing from the heart is always the best way, and you always do that with style! You are an inspiration! Love, Sharon
Nice one Gloria. Christian writers use the pen and computer keyboard as tools in spreading the love of God. The Holy Spirit inspires them to write for the honor and glory of Him. When writers read any topics of their interests, the Holy Spirit moves the writers to parallel their readings on their personal experiences. That's why whatever we read, whether highly technical topics, fiction or non-fiction, we could glean interesting learnings that we could share to others. That's what you also do. Good work!
Well done, Sister. I can relate to this message. Keep writing and keep reading. May we continue to grow under the tutelage of Our Lord and Savior. God bless. In Christ's Love, Christian
Powerful anointed words of Encouragement to encourage us to keep our eyes in the Word Of God and to keep our hearts open to receiving His message of Love and sharing it with all. "Keep on writing for the Glory of God,Sis!I know He is smiling down upon you!!! With Jesus Love, Dee "Numbers 6:24,25,26"