The Best Part About Being a Writer

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

The best part of writing is you, the reader. Last week I shared “A Fiction Writer’s Hardest Task”, and this week I want to talk about the fun stuff. My list may not contain every writer’s favorite moments, but these are most treasured to me.

A writer’s stories are built on a foundation of pleasing readers. That’s why I write. I want you to be carried away into my story world and be swept away into an exciting journey.

Evoke Emotion
This is what keeps a reader turning pages. I want you to experience vicariously every emotion imaginable through my character. This means I use literary techniques such as: character goals, sentence rhythm, hard and soft consonants, conflict in dialogue, personality traits, sensory perception, the psychology of color and numbers, and other means to ensure a reader feels the story.

Many times the reader is able to take an emotional passage and apply it to a similar event in their own life. This increases the emotional adventure.

When readers close a book, I long for them to reflect on the story happenings and be moved to attempt a feat on their own. This could be motivation to gain more education, be a better person, make changes in their personal, mental, or spiritual life, or attempt what previously seemed impossible.

Everyone needs encouragement, the spark of support that he/she is a great person and can accomplish great things. I love to give readers a burst of you-are-loved-and-wonderful.

Receiving emails, texts, and social media comments from readers may sound prideful, but a reader’s opinion and suggestions are valuable assets to my writing career. Bring them on—the good and the not-so-good.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the joy of seeing a book on a retailer’s shelf, a compliment on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and other social media. Thank you for spurring me on to write.

What gratification do you receive from your career, gifts, friendships, talents, and hobbies?



DiAnn’s Library Corner

Library Tip: Encourage patrons to comment on writer’s social media platforms. The writer will be so pleased!


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