Kevin Bell

My Wife Might Not Like My Writing

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My wife reads my newsletters.

She is not my target audience, nor does she subscribe to any other newsletters. So she’s not even a newsletter reader in general. I knew that she had been getting them, but I hadn’t talked to her yet to see what she thought.

I asked her today.

She responded with “do you want my honest opinion?

That’s always a great start!

I told her I did.

She said “well, first, I’m not your target audience, but there are a few that I thought were interesting. Truthfully though, you’re a little wordy.”

Yep, totally fair!

I am a little wordy.

I write like I talk. And sometimes I go off on tangents and filibusters. She’s 100% right. I told her that was a fair assessment and she’s right, she’s not my target audience.

I know my target audience, but I’m still trying to figure out how to transfer the words in my head to the words on the page in a way to really GRAB that audience.

It’s a work in progress… for both newsletters BUT, if I would have waited until I had all this figured out in order to start writing, I wouldn’t be writing ANYTHING yet.

We got talking a little more and she asked If I truly wanted her feedback after she reads them.

I told her of course I do.

So that’s the deal, as soon as she reads them, she’s going to give me feedback in real time. I love this plan.

It’s probably not going to be the feedback I want, but it will be the feedback I NEED. How I know that I’m on the right path and doing the right thing is because when I hit publish, I am personally very happy and proud of the product. I’m intrinsically motivated to write, even though I’m writing to very few right now.

Every writer that’s a household name starts writing with only one person in their audience; themselves.

You might be in the same boat and think “what’s the point.” And you’d be right. What IS the point?

This doesn’t just apply to writers, this is the anthem of entrepreneurs..

The point is that you think differently. You can’t get these ideas out of your head You go to bed with that fire inside you and when you wake up, it’s still there

You have GOALS bigger than some can even dream

And you won’t stop until you get there. The point is that you owe it to yourself and EVERYONE else out there to keep charging forward.

“One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will be someone else’s survival guide.” —Brene Brown

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