Do our words make sense?
As a writer you hope to resonate with your audience. You want to capture lightning in a bottle. Kind of like winning the lottery … with words. Maybe you hope the post or article you write goes “viral” on the internet. Or perhaps your goal is to write the next Great American Novel, like To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee, the author of that book – considered to be one of the greatest works of American Literature – only published that one work.
Most of us aren’t looking to hit it big, or grab attention, in the way of “What Does the Fox Say?” or to be the guy who geeked out on national television during the recent Alabama/LSU football game (Roll Tide, BTW!):
The bottom line is you want to be able to communicate what you want to say.
You Can’t Be Someone Else
It may or may not be about tapping into deep thought (as you know, I seldom go there). For my friend, Megan DaGata, the words are very important to let people know how she feels and what she wants you to think about. Reading her work is sometimes like ripping a band-aid off – feeling momentary pain that starts the healing. That’s really good writing, even if you feel uncomfortable coming face-to-face with the message.
Try as I might, I can’t write with the depth and superb word choice of someone like my wife – a lifelong communicator in television, radio, and print – who recently started her own blog, Ocean On My Mind. Nor can I draw a reader in with the emotion and word-weaving of the talented Andra Watkins, one of my favorite writers/bloggers who puts out great stuff daily. I don’t know how she does it.
However, we do want to feel like we’ve connected with what we say and how we say it. I’ve found over the past two years of blogging and writing that I’m not serious much of the time or lol-funny – like Tori, at The Ramblings – very often. I write who I am. And that’s where we need to be as writers.
The bottom line is it’s how we say it in our own voice that attracts readers to what we have to say.
Now that I think about it, maybe I’m not explaining what I mean as well as I could, so I’ll leave you with a favorite quote from one of the greatest stand-up comics of our day:
“Some people have a way with words, and other people…oh, uh, not have way.”
― Steve Martin