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Connection- for the Writer
Connection- for the Writer
By Tony DeLorger © 201
What makes a human being successful? While some people enjoy the benefits of status, popularity, adoration and financial reward, others live a quiet unassuming life, just get by and have an insignificant social life. It’s not determined by looks, talent or luck, but the ability to connect with people. Without that ability, there is no real communication, understanding or commitment regarding a successful life.
Some of the wealthiest and most successful people in the world were not highly educated, did not have extraordinary talent or were blessed by the hand of Midas, there are simply good communicators. They have the gift of the gab, the innate ability to communicate what they want and in such a way to convince people to want to be a part of it. This ability for a writer is paramount. We cannot be seen, use facial expressions, body language, vocal tones or anything apart from our words.
A writer has words to communicate their purpose, so what is the magic ingredient that makes connection with a reader. The subject matter... sure: the style of writing, expression, word smithing... sure, but there’s one particular quality without which no-one would be engaged, and that’s the soul of the writer. The soul is the real intent and belief of the writer, expressed with passion and meaning far beyond the words. This aspect of writing is hardly ever discussed and it is by far the most important.
I have in the past been a domestic cleaner, working in some beautiful palatial homes. I was successful because my clients would come home and their homes were not just cleaned but glowed. They saw the difference and loved it. Now, I can clean the same as anyone can. The difference with me was I had an attitude and work ethic that produced a subtle difference, a feeling that was transferred to every property I cleaned.
It’s the same with writing, the attitude, intent and passion for striving perfection comes out through every word, expression and subject. This is what people connect to, and it is like a beacon or light to a moth. It is irresistible.
So, having chosen a subject for your writing, worked hard on your craft and become accomplished technically, your most important pursuit should be revealing you through your words. You know what I mean: when your heart isn’t in it, the result is always wanting. The soul in writing is immediately detectable, so don’t underestimate your audience and think that substandard work will get by.
Everything you write will not be fascinating to everyone. Often the subject matter may hold no interest to some people. But without the soul of the writer, that heart in the writing, there can be no connection, no real meeting of minds. It may sound trite, but this subtlety is a necessary part of successful communication and therefore writing.