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Sunday, September 3, 2023

Talking about Labor Day, and the all-important reader/author relationship

 cj Sez: I wish all y'all an enjoyable and safe Labor Day holiday.

And Thank You to all who have to work today!

  Did you know? Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

  The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on a Tuesday in 1882 in New York City, but in 1884, Congress responded to pressure from constituents for a long holiday weekend and passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

  Relationships. . . I’ve written a post about this a couple of times before, but I really love the importance of the message and think it’s worth repeating.
  Over the years, I’ve read some really good articles on this subject, and the following post is a product of some of the things I’ve learned.
The dictionary defines the word “relationship” this way:
1. a connection, association, or involvement.
2. connection between persons by blood or marriage.
3. an emotional or other connection between people:  the relationship between teachers and students.
4. a sexual involvement; affair.
  Really, you don’t need another person to have a relationship. You can have a relationship with anything, animate or inanimate.

  In the movie "Turner and Hooch," Tom Hanks’s Turner character builds a crazy relationship with a big, slobber-faced dog. What you see here is a compulsively neat, bachelor detective whose tidy world encounters household destruction and chaos. . . "The Odd Couple" redux.
  In the 2000 movie "Castaway," Tom Hanks’s marooned character creates a relationship with an inanimate object. A Wilson-brand volleyball takes on a persona. He gives it a face and a name and talks to it as if were another person. . . In the mid-1970s, much of America went through the Pet Rock craze.

  Every day we interact with animals, objects, and people of all stripes—family, friends, coworkers, strangers, et al. Our relationship with each is different, depending on the circumstances and need.

  Authors create relationships (interactions) between characters in their stories.

  If I’ve gotten you interested enough to continue reading this brief post, then I’ve begun to build a relationship with you, my reader. This reader/author relationship is all about how long can I continue to entertain your interest in what I’m saying … the excitement of learning something new or discovering a statement that suddenly makes sense to you.

  That’s how stories must progress if you’re going to keep your audience interested in your work.

  A writer’s skill at creating a story that draws in a reader emotionally and intellectually is what keeps the reader coming back for more. That’s when you’ve got the beginnings of a relationship.

  One of the most important relationships authors can have is the one they have with their readers … the relationship they build with their writing.

  How do you build a relationship and grow your fan base? Know your intended audience as thoroughly as you know your characters, understand their wants, and write the best story you can that will appeal to their emotions and intellect.

  Caveat: It is the author’s responsibility to maintain the relationship. The reader doesn’t owe you anything and can end this promising author/reader relationship at any time—sometimes for no apparent reason.

  If I’ve given you something to think about, then I’ve done my job, and I’m done here.

  Writers, if you want to schedule a post on Lyrical Pens for a blog tour (new book? Refreshing an older book?), drop me a note. (PG13 work, please.)

  Okay, that’s it for today. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. Raising prayers for a happy and safe you!


  THE DAWGSTAR and DEATH ON THE YAMPA are fast-paced, thriller/suspense stories with sassy banter and a smidgen of sweet romance. (Perfect diversions for those quick weekend getaways.)

  The books are available on Amazon or through your favorite eTailer and bookstore. Got a library card? You can read the ebooks free from Hoopla.

  Little note: The Haunted Book Shop has a few signed copies of my books in stock. TO ORDER, contact:  If she happens to be sold out, I have a small stash. Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you any book(s) by any author of your choice.

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