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Write to Connect

The great Canadian-American author Saul Bellow, who published 14 novels and novellas and won the Nobel for writing in 1976, beautifully described the intimacy between the writer and the reader:

‘When you open a novel — and I mean of course the real thing — you enter into a state of intimacy with its writer. You hear a voice or, more significantly, an individual tone under the words … It is more musical than verbal, and it is the characteristic signature of a person, of a soul. Such a writer has power over distraction and fragmentation, and out of distressing unrest, even from the edge of chaos, he [or she] can bring unity and carry us into a state of intransitive attention. People hunger for this.’

As the latter suggests, write to connect with your readers. Show them what both you and your characters think and feel and experience. A literary masterpiece needs tension and suspense and all the ingredients of a good story. When you connect with readers and pour your own unique perspective and temperament into your work, you can connect with readers even without an overwrought plot or the world’s greatest writing style.

So it’s foremost that you consider and build a strong connection with your audience, only then can you be considered a true magician, who intrigues and captivates his audience with his/her’s enchanting words.

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