Doing Justice to Your Writing

A quick lesson on summer reading…and our writing. Here is this week’s Front Porch Video. (2:45)

(Transcript) Hey there, it’s Susan and here we are, on someone else’s front porch. I am bopping around New Jersey,  taking the show on the road a bit.

I wanted to share something with you about summer reading and communication, especially with our writing. I just finished the book, “The Sun Does Shine” by Anthony Ray Hinton. The book is recommended from Oprah’s 2018 Book Club, but actually my sister recommended it. I borrowed it from her, and it’s not my usual professional or personal development book.

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This book had me so enthralled in Hinton’s plight and what happened to him through the legal system and being convicted of a crime that he didn’t commit, I couldn’t put the book down. I read it in less than two days.

Half-way through the book, as I’m sitting on the beach yesterday, I started crying. That’s how good, how well written this book is. The words are so moving. That’s what I wanted to communicate to you guys today. We need to be writing in a way that takes readers on an adventure that’s going to tug at their emotions. It might not be a 200-page book like this, and you don’t have to be on death row or convicted of a crime.

The only crime that you may be guilty of is that you’re not using your words in the right way to get to your best writing. I am encouraging you to refine your writing and sharpen some of the skills that you might be weak in. Maybe you’re using the excuse that you’re not a professional writer. That’s OK; no one expects you to be a professional writer, but you can improve your writing, and the only way to get better is to keep doing it. Be consistent. Are your stories or blog posts, your scripts, are they taking people on a journey? Are they moving people emotionally, so that they have to turn that page? They can’t put this down.

The message today is to dive deep into your writing. Take a look at what you’ve written, how you might be able to kick it up a lot. Kick it up a notch, and another notch and another notch and develop the writing skills so you can attract people and they will WANT to read what you’ve written.

When you’re writing, think about the words that are on the page so you can capture the attention of other people and they’ll start to follow you.

Thanks for watching and I’ll see you next time on Front Porch Videos. Bye for now.

 

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