My Work

The Art of Writing

The first process of my writing is to figure out what I want to write about. I brainstorm about the things that I am passionate about. People are my number one priority. For some people, financial success is the goal. For some others, it can be as simple as a diet book to lose weight. For me, however, it’s all about how to understand the actions of the people around me. I ask a lot of questions and analyze my hypothesis over and over. Believe it or not, my conclusions modify over time, as I begin to learn more about myself, and about other people in my life.

We have a unique opportunity today with social media to be persuasive in our beliefs. We have the ability to get the written word out more than ever before. There’s Facebook, WordPress Blogs, My Space if you’re older, Snap Chat, Websites, commentary on articles, contacting Editors who produce magazines or newspapers, and a whole eclectic group of opportunities. Our voice can be heard. Do you have something you want to say? Do you have a teacher or a principal that you’d like to say something to? Maybe something you would like changed? Maybe something that you don’t think is fair? Writing is a great way to do that.

There are many Elements that create Effective Persuasive Writing. Each element takes specific steps to generate the expected outcome. “What does this mean?”

One element is what is your position?: Writers need to clearly state their positions on their topics in order to persuade their readers. If a writer is not clear about his/her beliefs on the topic, s/he stands little chance of convincing someone else to read the material. In addition, some writers collaborate and write together. When writers collaborate on a persuasive piece of writing, all involved must agree to support the same position. Sometimes writers even take a position they do not personally agree with and work to explain that position.

A very important element is Research/Attracting Attention to Audience: Writers need to adjust their writing based on their audience. This is called Genre. My genre is young adult/women’s literary work. This is especially true when the goal of the writing is to persuade the reader to take action. The writing style will be formal when the audience is a person in a position of authority and casual when the audience is a friend or family member. My work is in first person dialog with a narrative. A narrative for those who do not know, is when someone is telling the story. It combines a first person point of view with a third person point of view. So, my work is from the narrator, (me) and then the characters in the book.

It’s important to note that if you write a book that takes place back in the 1980’s, there are unique identifiers that cannot be in the work. One of those is cell phones. Believe it or not many of us didn’t have a cell phone until the early 1990’s. Every writer makes sure that their story is believable if it is fiction and if not it is outlines with a ton of facts to support their story.

Non-Fiction Factual Support: In order to be convincing, a persuasive piece of writing needs to include factual details. Some factual support is (data, anecdotes, interviews, information from other sources such as newspapers and books, and so forth). It’s best to use our own experiences and observations as factual support for their persuasive letters.

Effective Word Choice: Persuasive language is strong but appropriate. Writers need to choose words that are also descriptive and specific. An excellent example of effective word choice is Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Ethos: Ethos is the credibility to write. Discuss what gives a particular writer credibility to write a persuasive piece of writing. Doctors are credible, and degreed professionals are credible. In my opinion, the best Ethos of writing is experience. How does one get experience? By reading, the practice of writing, the practice of sharing your writing. People will comment, criticize and all those things will improve the way that you write.

Inspiration

Feeling other’s pain

Did you ever just feel the pain with the total understanding that it’s not yours?  That’s where I am today. Just emerging myself in other’s pain and feeling the empathy that cuts through my heart like a jagged knife.

I’m constantly working on me, evaluating my behavior, improving who I believe God wants me to be.  It’s not easy. I find often that I do things not because I want to or don’t want to but because my sense of right and wrong tells me that I have absolutely no choice.  Living a life with the belief that I am on the path to my maturity and learning from my lessons is not easy. Self perspective is difficult especially when things hit so close to home that it shatters.  The point is when I expect others to be just, fair and decent I CANNOT do so without insisting this upon my own character.  This works well for me, until empathy creeps in and all is lost in the emotion of the pain.

I am struggling right now with several factors. 1.  My novel is not getting the attention I believe it deserves. 2.  My family “appears” to be distant and I miss them.  3.  I just learned my bio-dad is not the man I thought, (that’s not such a bad thing) except no one believes me and I cannot find him to prove it.  4.  I am watching people I love go through the worst horrific circumstances of their lives and there isn’t anything I can do about it.

Today I cried. I sat and I sobbed because when it rains it pours. One friend doesn’t have faith in their abilities, another doesn’t have trust in others, and yet another doesn’t feel anyone hears them.  One friend is struggling with cancer, another still in the closet and yet again… one more cries alone believing their depression is without any understanding.  How do I deal when I feel as though there is nothing I can say? No words beyond “I love you.” No words.

There’s a line that is crossed when a burden is taken on that no one knows. That’s the weight of the world no one sees is piling up because although one person is going through their torture unfortunately they’re not the only people I know walking down the path of despair.  It’s unfortunate they don’t know of each other or their pain may increase, but where does that leave me? I am stuck in the middle trying to decipher where I can make any difference whatsoever with my lack of verbal content. I show up. I do but is that enough? To be the listener?

At what point I ask is the burden too much. My answer? Just as Jesus said to Paul, “Until you can stand no more.” Since I am a pretty tough cookie and I know God knows this of me, all I can do is cry. Because tomorrow I will make that call and I will listen. I will show up. I will wait until I can be needed. I will understand the anger, feed the hungry, organize the weak. I will be whatever it is they need if only for a moment because it is not enough. This is not my pain. It is theirs. I can cry all I want but there comes a time to wipe those tears and get back in the game. Same as I expect from them.