Nine years ago (a veritable dinosaur’s age in digital terms) Robert McCrum wrote about the growing re connection between writers and readers. He wrote about Arthur Conan Doyle responding to his readers, then how novelists rose to the status of ‘artist’ and secluded themselves away from their audience. Finally, Mr. McCrum prophesied the growing attachment between writers and readers in the digital age.
In 2014 Carole Jelen wrote a practical ‘how to’ blog post about why authors need to talk with their readers. In the last 4 years readers and writers have become more and more heart bound, collaborators in a new kind of community to the benefit of more than just themselves.
In Leoshine has company I wrote about Public words and Private Words and the connection between writer and reader. Let’s stop a moment and wonder at what words do between us!
My heart dreams up a story of a man who claims responsibility for an unborn child. What did you dream up as you read that? Do you know men in your life who would do that? Do you wonder whether he’ll do a paternity test?
Do you have an unborn child in your life at this moment? My heart trembles in excited expectation with you.
Have there been unborn children who never made it to full term? My heart aches for you.
Wow! Did you see that? We didn’t get to the part about the mother being a drug addict and requiring restraint so that her baby could have half a chance of normal (not chemically addled) development. Our hearts are intertwined just by thinking of a man (father or not) who has the heart to reach out to someone vulnerable (mother and child).
If I want to be the best writer I can be, I need to imagine as many meanings to my words as possible. You, my readers, are invited into a world that you yourselves are creating from your background and experiences, personality and proclivities. We touch hearts. Community is built, and the world is turned upside down.