Respect Your Readers

Respect Your Readers

I have been a contributor here at The Write Practice for over a year. In that time, I’ve had the honor and the pleasure to get to know some of you. I’ve enjoyed writing every one of the posts published in my TWP stream and taking part in discussions and comments. But as all things eventually do, this too must come to an end. This is my last regular post.

The good news is, it’s not one of those “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” endings. It’s more like “I still love you but I have to go and I’ll write when I can.” Blame it on our solar system that only gives us twenty-four hours in a day. I’ve been trying to figure out how to make the Earth spin a little slower, but not even Elon Musk has been able to do that. So I’m taking an impermament bow.

Writerly Wisdom for the Ages, 2015 edition

Writerly Wisdom for the Ages, 2015 edition

I love the holidays. We celebrate Christmas in my family, and for me this is the coziest, warmest, loveliest time of the year. We relax with every cell in our bodies (we really seriously do), enjoy the warmth of the house and the lights on the tree (got a potted tree this year), and we disconnect from the world outside. Completely. Oh, and we watched all ten episodes of the stunning MARCO POLO series on Netflix and then fell over when we realized we’d have to wait another YEAR (!!!) for Season 2.

So forgive me if I’m not my usual go-get’em-tiger-writing self. But hey, why fight it.

Point is, I thought I’d take a walk down TWP memory lane and pull out some of the best nuggets from my past blog posts, as a little post-holiday inspiration. What better way to start a new year than with an avalanche of writing practices, recommendations, musings, and vicarious suffering?

If You’re Not Writing Persuasively, You’re Not Writing

If You’re Not Writing Persuasively, You’re Not Writing

We writers persuade readers all the time. This is the power we writers hold in our hands. As with any great power, comes great responsibility. If you are a writer of any kind, respect your power. Above all, be kind to all those restaurants with typos in their menus!

Let’s explore a few different ways to persuade our readers for today’s practice.

There’s oil on your computer screen (writing prompt)

There’s oil on your computer screen (writing prompt)

No, not that kind of oil. Not cooking oil, although the man in this photo is using plenty of it. I refer to the Rembrandt-like quality of this photograph. I’ve been looking at this image for ten years. It is one of the most stunning naturally lit, completely undoctored, photographs I have seen in those ten years.

This photograph carries with it profound and poignant meaning beyond the simple act of making poori, beyond its composition, light, and saturated colors, beyond its timelessness. It carries the stories of a quarter million people who perished ten years ago in a violent natural cataclysm that devastated the shores of eleven countries. No doubt you know which event I’m referring to. Its tenth anniversary is coming up this December 26.

Today I’m sharing this image with you because I’d like you to write a story about it.