When I first started publishing articles online, a lot of the topics that I wrote about were the products of tough experiences that happened in my life where I ended up learning a lot of valuable lessons from.
I wrote about things such as heartache, failure, loneliness, and a lot of other heavy topics that weren’t so easy for me to share right away.
Quite frankly, I still write about these things.
However, they come with more of a purpose now — It’s to show people that it’s not impossible to overcome difficult obstacles. It’s to show people that you can come out on the other side stronger than before.
We all go through rough patches. And opening up about them isn’t something that people are always willing to do (especially to the entire world).
Writing in itself is an extremely vulnerable act. Like any other form of expression, it leaves a lot of room for people to know your life, know your secrets, and potentially judge you for them.
Writing allows an audience of strangers to give feedback, comments, and potential backlash without ever having met you.
You leave it all out there so that people can try to relate to you, empathize with you, understand you, and hopefully even understand themselves a little better.
But, in order for this to happen, you have to make sure to do one thing.
If you want people to believe you, to believe in your writing, you have to write from the heart.
You have to write with complete honesty. You have to write from the only voice that you should be using — your own.
“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time “ — Maya Angelou
Writing is not like acting.
You shouldn’t be pretending to be someone else. You shouldn’t be mimicking someone else’s style or stealing their words (Yes, plagiarism still exists).
If you want people to really be able to connect with you and connect with your writing, then just make sure that it’s coming from a sincere place.
These days, especially with the pressures of social media, it’s easy to force yourself to write about a certain topic just because you know it’s trending — But, that’s what news is for.
It’s easy to get carried away with writing meaningless fluff pieces just so you can get some good metrics when really they are just a bunch of words.
When it comes to writing real, heartfelt pieces, let it come from somewhere that you’ve actually been yourself.
After all, I wouldn’t want to read an article about overcoming a difficult situation when the author hasn’t even been through it themselves.
Coming from my own personal experience, the articles where I allowed myself to be completely and utterly vulnerable were the ones that have resonated with people the most.
It wasn’t because I was trying too hard to force a topic just for the sake of writing about it. It was because I had a real message behind it.
At the end of the day, that’s what your audience needs — something real.
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