Friday, May 18, 2012

No Man is an Island

I’ve been touched by the response from readers on the blog about ‘the way we touch others’. And I have to share some of the posts – they’re bound to inspire ‘others’. So here goes:

This is an example of detail that many writers leave out, and miss the opportunity to find a connection with their audience. Shouldn't be crushing, unless you feel on the floor laughing in front of the person giving the comment. I would be difficult not to... 
Posted by Mark Nelson

Hi Arun, this was a thought provoking view about our writing and I agree with you. Sometimes we put all our focus into our work to captivate the reader within the story's content but it's that tiny detail that we never thought much about that was their inspiration for something else - and like you said, it gets us recognized as an author but it's not the ego builder we were looking for. Thanks for sharing this. 
Posted by Ronnie Dauber, author

I actually had something very similar happen to me. When a person told me that every time they ate a curry they would remember the Mistress Copper line of: "That is so hot, it takes your breath away, burns it to a crisp, then hands it back to you!" 
Posted by Lez Lewis

Ah, Arun--but that means your attention to detail was authentic and you touched your reader in the area that was important to her, and that has influenced her behaviour--BRAVO! I have found that in artwork as well as writing, the observer/reader often sees something totally different from what I intended. But if I have touched them, I don't care that they saw a different meaning. Their meaning is based on their experiences--so they are getting what they need from it. 
Posted by Betsy A. Riley 

@ Arun - That is a very interesting and unexpected aspect of your story that would invoke inspiration. I find the accolades about what I have written to drive me to write more. I hope you feel the same. 
Posted by Daron Henson 
In the inspirational field, one of my success measures is in the stories I hear about how my work impacts others' lives. What a great feeling! 
Posted by Francie Van Wirkus 

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