The Reading Corner: What Readers Mean to Me

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What Readers Mean to Me

I Write with Readers in Mind

by J.M. Troppello

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” – Joseph Addison

One of the most rewarding aspects of writing and publishing a novel for me has been the response from my readers. I’m not a famous author. I’ve written 4 books with several works in progress as I write this article. It still brings a smile to my face when I read a comment on one of my articles, a response to an article or book promotion on social media, or receive an email from a reader who loved one of my books.

I feel humbled that they actually read my article or book and were touched and inspired by the story. That inspires me to continue writing.

If no one reads my articles or books, who would I be writing for?

Yes, it is still gratifying to finish an article or a novel and publish it. However, my main goal is to write life-changing content and stories that affect readers’ lives in a positive and productive way. I’m compelled to write and know that God has given me the stories that I need to share with others.

“The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading.” – David Bailey

Readers are number one in my eyes when I sit down to write. As I’m adding to my article topic list or setting up the scene with description, delving into dialogue, and creating compelling characters—I always have my readers in mind.

What will she think about this article? Will he like the characters I create? Most importantly, will I write well enough for them to understand my message?

Life Before Writing

Before I became a writer and published author, I was first a reader—an extremely voracious one. I couldn’t get enough of books, I still can’t. However, now, I need to balance my time between writing and reading and everything else that’s on my plate.

As a reader, I know what it’s like submerging myself into a story and getting so wrapped up in it, that I can’t wait to finish. When I read the last line, I wish the author wrote more. I want to devour even more of the character’s story.

“Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while.” – Malorie Blackman

Writing as a Reader for Other Readers

Now that I’m on the other side of the fence, I want to always keep that perspective of the reader’s mindset in mind when I write my articles and stories.

I write because it is my mission in life to share faith-filled content and stories and because I love to write.

But I will always write for my readers. I hope to bring a smile to their faces and encouragement to their spirits. For all the readers out there, you have my undying gratitude for continuing to devour articles online and print and eBooks.

I hope you keep your love for reading alive and well.

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About the Author

JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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