How involved do you want your reader to be in what you write?
A few months ago, I set up a get-together for the ladies in my Bible study class. I wanted to create an environment where we could share and encourage. A place to get to know each other on a deeper level than in the church hallways where only a hello or goodbye gets said.
It hasn't been that easy. I've had to bring ice-breakers and think up games and techniques to encourage them to open up and trust each other enough to go to that next level. It puts a lot of pressure on me and I can't say I always enjoy it. I was hoping it would be more spontaneous but it isn't.
Neither is the involvement we hope for from our readers. Whether it's here on our blogs, an article or in a book, it takes a certain amount of effort to get a reader to react. I've had to learn how to edit my work, come up with good plots, hooks and mostly be sure I pack that emotional factor in there. I want my reader to finish with a feeling--but not boredom.
So how involved do you want your reader to be in what you write? Are you giving it the effort it takes? And what have you found works best?