I get a lot of WRITERS DIGEST ads in my mailbox and I find them fascinating. Usually they are so well written, they hook me in. A recent one taunted me to spend my money to “put more muscle into your writing” As their ads usually do, it got me to thinking. Do I really want muscular writing? Do I want more force and power behind my poetry?
My answer is NO. I don’t want more muscle. I don’t want strong, forceful writing. I want the quiet, subtle writing which lets the reader stumble upon their own meaning. I want, expect my reader to bring something to the writing and if they discover something in the reading, something of their own, then my writing is a success.
What makes for successful writing for you?