Getting an Emotional Commitment

Rather than go on about all the rules of grammar and spelling and punctuation and syntax and all the rest -there are plenty of other people out there who can do that, and much more specific advice of that nature is available through this website - remember that your readers are looking to enjoy and appreciate what you’ve written.

All the time readers are seeking very specific things -patterns, rhythms, well-constructed surprises and much more. They are very intent on finding these things, just as you are when you read.

Never underestimate your readers.

Being a writer is about all kinds of things -rules about subject/verb agreement, punctuation, grammar, spelling- which you did actually absorb during school but perhaps didn’t assign much importance to. More importantly, though, it’s about how you feel about your own work. When you begin to really feel that what YOU have to say is actually worth something, all else will follow. And that’s the foundation upon which great masterpieces are built, believe it or not.

You can hardly expect to produce an emotional effect if you can’t feel it yourself. However, even if you really feel what you’re writing, you can miss the mark in creating that feeling for your readers.

So how do you do get an emotional commitment from your readers?

The first thing is NOT to do what you’re probably (if you’re like hundreds of thousands of other writers) tempted to do: get over-emotional with your language and style.

The best way of creating an emotional effect is to avoid emotionalism.