Good morning! Who are you and why should I read what you write? Let’s get inside the mind of a reader this morning. I have no idea why I woke up thinking about this question. – I am guessing that I must have dreamed something that correlates to this question but I cannot remember the dream. Though I did capture this lingering question that’s been holding my attention for a few hours. Writers can certainly associate with this question because, after all, we are also avid readers. As a reader we have likes and dislikes, preferences, and standards. Therefore, we have, at some point in our reading history, asked this very same question that is stored somewhere in the depths of our subconscious standing attention as we are selecting the words of another writer to allow to carve out time and pour their words into our mind. Which means that process of chosing what we allow to enter our mind must be important to us. Anything important to us, as a writer, is universally understood to be, likewise, important to our readers. We may not be able to reach every single reader on the globe – but we will reach the readers who value what our written point of view is – in that piece – because we put a ‘reality touch’ on the story. I strongly believe that if we view our writing through this lens, we have the opportunity to increase the chances of a reader stumbling across our piece and saying, “That’s important to me too! I want to hear what this writer is saying about it!” The reader decides to carve out time to read our piece and they learn who this writer is. If the reader likes the piece a lot – Viola’ – chances are high the reader will search for another piece of our work. And if we are truly blessed to have touched their heart with our piece – chances are high that they will share our piece with another reader, thus, we will become recognized to our loyal readers as a writer who values something that is important to them. Thus their question will have been answered – they will know who we are and they will know why they want to read what we write. Happy writing!