~Give Good Voice
You must understand that your reader is brilliant,
intelligent, and educated. If you don’t
agree, stop writing. Now.
So– don’t give them your bullshit. What I mean is—Tell Your Truth. Show your reader what you look like naked
(metaphorically speaking, of course).
Speak what is Unspoken.
I always go back to the great pioneer, Dooce. She was the first blogger to talk about her
struggle with Post Partum Depression in an extremely raw way.
As a result, her readers responded.
Flocking to her blog by the thousands.
Her readers sprinted to support her because they could
indentify & relate to her hopelessness and depression.
Isn’t it comforting suddenly realizing….
~Acknowledge Your Readers
example, you ‘re Dooce, The Bloggess, or
Lady Gaga, you probably don’t have time
to respond to all of your readers. Right?
you’re not legendary at the moment,
perhaps you can take a moment to simply say, “hey, I hear you. I see you. I value you.”
for Skirt for six months strait without receiving a single comment. I remember thinking, “Does anybody even know I’m HERE? Helloooooooo.”
received my first comment, it felt like a little kiss upon my cheek.
Amy Fagan. I’ll never forget my first
commenter was YOU!
~Is Your Content Remarkable/Relatable?
I’ve read a few bloggers’ that write something like this:
“ I went to bed with a horrible headache. I slept until 9:00 AM. When I got up in the morning, I fed the dog and
then– then I….”
No. No. No.
Nobody cares. Well,
maybe they care, but they don’t, I presume,
have time to read boring blah sentences.
This isn’t a step by step diary.
And you’re about as interesting as watching paint dry, water
boil….all of those idiot clichés. I’d
rather watch my cat, Charlie, vomit up hairballs. At least it might be entertaining, stinky,
& stir up my senses.
If you’re talking about your everyday life / adventures, at
least make it engaging.
For example, One Of My Favorite Bloggers writes about her
day like this:
**He shook out his dreamy state, flinging dog hair into the
air like fucking glitter. Only not as
magical. But Equally annoying to sweep
up…”You know I’m going to shave you this summer,” I whispered as I scratched
the sweet spot behind his ear. He
circled around 10 times and flopped his body heavily on the vent. Asshole….Not only will I shave you, I’ll put
a pink hanky around your neck.”**
She’s writing about an ordinary morning in an extraordinary
way. I could read this shit forever.
~Kick Ass Voice
“”This is not a book to be
tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.”
I LOoooooVE this quote by Dorothy Parker !
I’ve continually imagined she was
reading a book without soul, without authenticity, without heart.
And the reader is NO different
Well, at least I’m not. Every single writer I covet, stalk, &
worship writes without inhibitions or restraint: Sexton, Plath, Angelou, Nin, Lamott, Jong ( to name a few)
She opens up her vein and the
blood become the words.
~Do Not Preach. Ever.
If readers’ want a sermon, they’ll go to church. Let them figure it out by themselves. Remember, they are capable and SMART as hell.
Well, I’ll be damned, I guess I’m preaching by writing this….I’m
suuuuuuuch a hypocrite.
~Social Networking is Oh-So-Cool
Social Networking is the coolest thing since sliced bread,
Facebook. Twitter. Googleplus.
My Space Cafémom. Linkendin.
Must I go on?
What is Your Cause?
Perhaps everything you write is your cause.
If not, find a cause you’re PASSIONATE about. If you’re excited, others
will be, too. Believe me.
——Dear Reader, what
do you look for in blogs, books, poetry? How important is the writer’s VOICE to you?
Love Love Love…