Four Keys To Help You Connect With Your Reader’s Heart
In the COMPEL community, we share a common dream: to write words that move people. Specifically, we want to lead our readers to a deeper connection with the Lord.
I’ve discovered crafting life-changing messages doesn’t always come naturally. Mastering the art of moving our readers happens as we learn to connect to their hearts.
Maybe you long to make a difference with your writing but aren’t sure how to reach your readers. These four keys will open their hearts to you and your message:
- Write From Your Heart. When I first started writing, I thought offering information would convince my readers to make lifestyle changes. But I’ve since learned true change grows from deep convictions of the heart. If we want our readers to open their hearts to us, we must be vulnerable with them. This means writing from our hearts, not our heads.
Invite your reader into your heart by sharing personal stories. Aim for transparency as you write your message. What faulty thoughts or erratic emotions did you experience? Whom did you hurt? What hard lessons did you learn? How did you find strength in the Lord?
- Paint a Picture. A picture is worth a thousand words. This familiar saying reminds us some ideas are more effectively expressed through images. How does that apply to writers? If we want to engage our reader’s heart, we need her to experience our lesson as fully as possible. We do this by painting a picture with our words.
As you write, intentionally choose words that will lead your reader to see what you saw, hear what you heard and feel what you felt. The more she interacts with your story and message, the more she will be impacted by it.
- Offer Inspiration. Making lifestyle changes can be challenging. To encourage our reader to make the effort, we need to inspire her with the truths in God’s Word. The Scriptures reveal His holy standards and equip us perfectly. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
As you use Scripture to lead your reader to change, continue to share from your own heart. How did these verses play out in your life? What challenges did you face? What rewards did you reap?
- Instill Hope. God’s standards are perfect, but people are not. To effectively move the heart of our reader, we don’t need to be perfect, but we do need to show her the progress we’ve made.
As you share your message, let your reader know you once stood in her place. Give her a vision of what progress looks like. Consider what she needs to move forward, and offer her some action steps.
As writers, we long to know our words make a difference. When we connect with our reader’s heart and lead her to positive change, she deepens her relationship with the Lord. We become authors who write words that move people.
Shirley Desmond Jackson
Which of these four keys will help you connect to your reader’s heart? Let us know in the comments so we can cheer you on.
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Be vulnerable . . .yes! Good advice, Shirley. Easier said than done, but well worth doing. I found the first few times were the scariest. It gets easier with practice.
You are so right, Shirlee. It is scary to be vulnerable ~ yet so valuable. And it does get easier with practice. Thank you for sharing!