Jenny raised her head when I entered the room. Tears were streaming down her cheeks. “I didn’t know I was such a bad mother until I started reading this book,” she sobbed.
Even if what you write is considered “fiction,” words on paper can change the thinking, the hopes and dreams of your readers.
That pen in your hand, that keyboard your fingers rest on this very moment, are instruments that can be used to build up or tear down.
Your stories can bring laughter, they can encourage, and they can spark someone’s creativity.
Conversely, words can destroy, tear down, belittle, and instill fear.
We have an awesome responsibility when we write. We need to keep a fresh vision of our readers in front of us.
So, lately, instead of just continuing my story where I left of the day before, I’ve been conscious to say, “Reader, this one’s for you. Today, I am going to build you up. I am going to speak to your heart through my words.”
Just as an actor faces his audience when on stage, taking a moment before writing to acknowledge those who will read our words can give us an added measure of purpose, keep our writing more focused and serve to remind us just how important—just how very powerful—our words can be.