Doesn’t that sound so easy? Well, easier said (so succinctly as that) than done. As a writer, whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction what is translating to that page is your heart. It is your experiences. It is your emotions. Being raw and real in your writing can be scary sometimes, but that is where the best writing comes out. I often find that writers are so paranoid that people will over-analyze where the motives, thoughts and emotions behind the book come from. People don’t think like that. (Not normal ones anyways.)
Writing real is not only being true to yourself, but it also is the best writing out there. When you are writing real, people can better connect and relate with the characters in your story or with the facts or feelings that are being processed in your article or nonfiction. The best writing establishes a connection between the heart of the author (the words they write) and the reader.
The best writers have an ability to capture and connect with their audience in such a way that the author’s cause and purpose of writing translates to the reader and through that connection creates a stirring in the reader to adopt that cause or respond to the author’s purpose in writing.
For example, in the fiction department, one of my favorite authors is best selling author Karen Kingsbury. Many of the characters in her books are based on real people that she knows and thus her characters are not flat but come to life right off the page. Karen Kingsbury write inspirational fiction and her purpose in writing is to write “Life Changing Fiction”. It is hard for me to read one of her books and not be affected. Karen has such a way of bringing her stories to life. It is like real people and real stories. Fiction – yes. But as you read, it all comes to life. (And even more coming to life her “Baxter Family Drama” Series is in the early talks of becoming a TV show! For more updates and information on that, check out Karen’s Facebook page here.
It is good to keep writing tools on you at all time. Write when you have the inspiration. And even more so, journaling is a great way to make your writing real. When you journal, write out of the raw emotions you are feeling. Say, if you are very upset about something, journal it and when it comes to writing your book take those journal entries and translate those emotions to your your character who is feeling the same way. Giving your characters real emotions creates a depth to them. This is what makes the connection with the reader – when they can relate experiences or emotions with the characters.
I challenge you to make a habit of journaling and refer to those emotions and experiences as you write your books.
A few final tips to make your writing “real”:
- Determine your cause and purpose before you start.
- Let your passion translate to your writing.
- Don’t hold back and you can edit later if you need to.
All the best in your pursuit!