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A reader’s voice

in Nonfiction Writing, Parenting, Random Musings

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As a writer I am constantly reminded about the importance of voice. Voice is what stands one writer out from others. If consistent, a good voice can make a career. But the more I write the more I understand that there is another side to the voice discussion that is often overlooked–the power of a reader’s voice. This week my newest Dallas Morning News article went live. The article honored my daughter’s journey with dyslexia and all that I’ve learned along the way. Since it was published I’ve received lots of emails about readers’ personal struggles with dyslexia. Some offered me hope and some I offered hope to. The connections I’ve made helped me remember why I started writing in the first place.

I love connecting with people’s minds. I love challenging people to think about things a different way. I love taking a large, over-powering subject and breaking it into bite-size morsels that are easy to digest. Every reader that emails me, whether they agree with me or not, makes me feel like I’m doing the job I set out to do. That is the unheralded power of a reader’s voice.

I’ve lost count of the number of authors I’ve personally made contact with over the years. Be they newbies or bestsellers, most even take the time to correspond back. Social media has made it even easier. Now that I find myself on the receiving end of some of those letters, let me encourage you as a reader, to never underestimate the power of your voice.

  • Comment on blogs.
  • Interact with writers on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Email writers through their website.
  • When you read a short story or novel, take time to leave a review. Reviews validate good writers in a very crowded marketplace.
  • Snail mail a thank you note for something they wrote that impacted your life.

As a reader, your voice has power. Never underestimate it.

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