Greetings, Fellow OMies--

Sharing a word to discuss the tone and voice of the vision with which we write. This is offered with the hope it will be accepted as especially helpful for newer writers (and maybe some of our seasoned veterans).

As we are composing our articles (remember, sizeable passages offered here in the writer's community are considered "articles," and have reasonable expectation that they will be distributed on the website and the multimedia form), our treatment of our audience ("customer service," if you will) is very important.

Speaking from a strictly personal space, I know how I feel when "others tell me what to do." How about you? What sort of feelings arise in your own body when 'people talk at you,' and you encounter words (spoken or written) that someone imposes upon you? Compare the difference in energy flow of words that say "you should" with words that say "we can." It is a difference between demanding a pointed limitation and offering wider possibilities, even though we may be talking about a narrow focus. We offer ourselves and, yes, even our 'expert' experience as more of a team player ("we're all in this together"), coach, and teacher.

We walk a delicate line of balance as writers, getting people to see our perspective and appreciate our experience, while not grabbing them forcibly by the eyeballs to read how our experience will benefit their lives. I jest, but seriously, we cannot 'tell' others what to do. We can suggest, we can offer, we can explain, we can relate and facilitate--getting the vibration found on our path to match up with something similar to their own experience.

We have talked before about moving less from the "I" perspective (which is the tone of blogging) into the "we" of articles that engage the reading audience and broaden their horizons as a whole, on any subject. When we use words that are examples of a wider lens than our 'own little me,' we open our vision for everyone to see and appreciate. It is like the aperture of a camera, that lets in the light and reflects the visionary image we seek to communicate.

I am grateful that many of the writers here know and have the experience of expressing themselves in positive ways. It is what makes being here at OMTimes such a unique, blossoming, and creative place to be. There is nothing like our writing community anywhere else! I am thankful every day to have the privilege, as an editor, to read the many perspectives we share.

So, let us always, please, be mindful of how we address our audience in our work. When we speak with 
them in terms that embody our generous, inclusive, and mindful nature, change flows that much more smoothly. For me, as an editor, it takes a lot less critical work on my part to think, "Is this how I would want to be addressed?" Each of us writes from our own unique perspective, granted. It takes a little bit of work to get in the flow of writing with a mindful eye to our "customers," so they keep coming back for more.
Okay, gentle rant over...back to reading more great stuff. ~ Blessings!

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Thank you, great information.

Thank you, Nancy. I feel for how much effort goes into writing, being such a big word fan myself. LOL

Thank-you to the Om Times team for continuing to assist me in becoming a better writer. Namaste!

Thank you, Angela!

Angela Levesque said:

Thank-you to the Om Times team for continuing to assist me in becoming a better writer. Namaste!

Thank you so much, Ann, for all your writing and promotional efforts. Your words about rewriting are very encouraging when it comes to getting work published. The supportive adage, to 'try, try again' comes to mind. When we can, we do let writers know if something needs a little fix; however, each of us can do some practical reflection before the words fly far from our fingers. To use your own words, our intention may be to 'make a difference;' so, is this effort the best it can be? Excellent, and thanks again!
 
Ann Christine Johnson said:

Great article. I have printed a hard copy so I can read it again at my leisure. Guided by Spirit I write with the intention of 'making a difference'. If one person gains from reading a particular article then I have done my job. Everything else is a bonus. The articles I post on the omtimes writers community site I also post on my FB page and the Wayne Dyer Fan Page promoting the group and also the online magazine. I am devoting 2 days a week to this sacred task and it feels 'right' to do so. Lately I have been re-editing articles that didn't make it into the magazine in the hope that the new articles will be more inclusive, unbiased and reader friendly. I love this group. As a self-taught writer all feedback is greatly appreciated. Blessings to you Kathy and fellow group members for the work we do. 

Thank You Kathy for this valuable information and for guide me to be a better writer each day. Carmen :) 

Thank you, Carmen! :) Enjoy your weekend ~ Blessings!
 
Naomi / John Hale said:

Thank You Kathy for this valuable information and for guide me to be a better writer each day. Carmen :) 

Thank you Kathy!

As always, your knowledge, wisdom and expertise are always welcomed in my heart and mind. 

Thanks so much Kathy. It definitely is a challenge. I try to always say "we" instead of "you", but I tend to like to write from "I feel," "I've learned" etc so that it is less me stating everyone needs to agree with me. Since using "I" isn't recommended, I guess it will just take time for me to adjust how I write so that I'm still leaving things open without readers thinking people need to agree with me.

A note of acknowledgement to Yvonne and Mandy for responding. Thank you both so much!

Mandy, if it helps any, when we are mindful of actively switching the "I" to "we," our focus shifts the littlest bit from total ownership to sharing. As mentioned in the initial post, we all write from our unique perspective. How can we help it, when we are who we are? As the writer of the experience we are relaying the ideas, thoughts, and emotions that your "I" lives. Adept writers manage to put things down [on paper] easily, and that is a great skill to have!

It also is important to validate particular experiences that may help others; no doubt about it! So many of us are grateful to be on the receiving end of important impressions and assisted knowledge that comes through. To turn that into text that readers can also identify with, even though it did not happen to them, personally, is another reason for using an inclusive pronoun. It helps open the door for them to see.

You pointed out something near the end about "leaving things open without readers thinking people need to agree with me." When it comes to relaying some experiences, especially something that is really cosmic, controversial, and 'hard to believe,' people are not always going to agree--although they may be curious. In fact, when writing it can sometimes be best not to presume anyone will agree. We do need to present situations, ideas, and possibilities in ways that will open their heart and mind to understand...then maybe we will find agreement.  ~ Blessings!

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