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What do your readers know about you? Why should they care about your message?

When I starting writing my first novel, I was full of piss and vinegar. I wrote to write. I didn’t care if a soul read my novel. As I got closer to publishing, to letting my soul drift out into the world, that’s when I started to care. I wanted people to read it. I wanted to connect. I wanted them to understand.

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photo credit: kennymatic via photopin cc

Who Are You?

Whether you know it or not, readers want to know who you are. Your most loyal readers will want to know your background, where you went to school, who influenced your writing, how you conceive new characters and what your plans are for the future.

Why should you care? Don’t writers hide in a hole, only to come out when their work is published, then scurry back to work on their next masterpiece? Sure. I guess you could do that. But what fun would that be? Is that what your readers want? No.

Email and social media have made it possible for readers to connect with writers in a way never before possible. If you want to find an audience, you need that to happen. Connection.

The place to start is to give them a piece of who you are, in your writing. Let them connect with your being. Let them see your weakness. Let them see your strength. Let them see your vision.

Who am I?

I am a writer. I am a hack. I am a Marine. I am a husband. I am a father. I tell it like it is. I don’t believe in B.S. I am flawed. I like my coffee black. I want to make the world better. I believe in heroes. I want to connect. I believe.

Why Should We Care?

In order for readers to turn the page, you need to show them why they should care about your message. It means sprinkling your soul on paper. It means selling your vision. Connection, on a deeper level.

Don’t write pretty prose just to sound smart. Write to touch a person at her very core.

I want to know why I should care about your writing, and so do others. Give us what we want. Tell us about you.

Who Are You?

PRACTICE

For the next fifteen minutes, tell us who your are and why we should care.

Post your practice in the comments section below and please provide feedback for your peers. 🙂

Carlos Cooper
Carlos Cooper
Carlos is author of the Corps Justice novels. Get the box set of Books 1-3 for FREE HERE.
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