The Promises Writers Make

Spring brings possibilities and energy.germ_seedling_scion_225903

There’s an excitement about finally being able to open windows and let the fresh air in, about watching the leaves and buds from bulbs push up with the promise of future beauty.

A promise – that’s what we give our readers every time we write something. We promise them time with interesting characters in an enjoyable story. We promise to give them information they need. We promise that they could make their lives better with our product.

Just as we’re energized by spring’s promise of what is to come, our readers are energized by the promise we make. They want to read on. They want the result of what we offer.

As writers, we often get so caught up in writing what we want, that we forget the promise we have made to our readers. When we forget it, we lose the energy of our readers. Worse, we could lose their faith in our writing.

Here are some things to remember to keep those promises:

  • Recognize the promise made. If it is helpful information, make sure to provide it.
  • When we keep the readers’ needs in the forefront while we write, it is easier to fulfill that promise.
  • Taking time to organize writing instead of just winging it helps keep us on the right track to help readers.

When we follow through on our promise, we not only satisfy our readers, we energize ourselves as writers.

It’s like getting out into the garden for the first time in the spring. There’s a lot of hard work, but once we’re done, we feel good about what the future holds.


How to Have Great Intercourse–Writing

Good writing is like good lovemaking. When you concentrate on your partner’s needs, you both experience more pleasure.

Writers often forget this reciprocal relationship. Many don’t take the time to501-Troilus-and-Criseyde-III-the-kiss-picture-and-frame-wallpaper-q75-267x200 construct their ideas in a way that meets the needs of the reader. They either don’t know how, or they don’t want to.

Wait, what were those words? “Time,” “reader”? Good writers, like good lovers, discover what “turns on” their audience. They match the ideas they need to express with the interests and concerns of the reader. The result is a perfect communication connection.

Somewhere along the way, someone decided it was of utmost importance for children to express what they were feeling through their writing. Things like grammar, spelling, or word use (not to mention organization) were just shackles for the “creative spirit.”

The result is a whole bunch of sender-centric writers. It’s “me, me, me – this is what I want to tell you. I can’t help it if you’re too stupid to figure it out.”

These writers don’t understand that grammar and organization are the structure of writing, the Kama Sutra of the writing world, as it were. They are selfish writers forgetting that, if no one can understand what they are saying, their message fails.

In good writing, the idea is supreme. The reader loses herself in the idea and is unencumbered by the mechanics of the writing. This is like making love where the mutual emotion of pleasure transcends the lovers’ actions.

Here are some things to keep in mind for successful communication:

  • Never forget it takes at least two to communicate.
  • Proper grammar and punctuation are subtle triggers that move the reader toward ideas.
  • Organization is the structure supporting the communication process.
  • Don’t rush the writing process or there will be incomplete communication.
  • The harder the writer works to make things easy for the reader, the more satisfied both will end up.

Selfish writers, like selfish lovers, are concerned only for themselves. They write in a way that may give them release, but makes their readers work too hard to get a hold on their meaning. They leave their audience unsatisfied and frustrated.

Good writers, like good lovers, keep their readers’ needs in mind while working to share their ideas. They delight in the pleasure successful communication gives.