WRITING TIP: The one thing most necessary for compelling writing

Writers often mistakenly believe that craft and virtuosity with language is most important for compelling writing. Insecurity around this can create a big block, and this is unnecessary. Author Kurt Vonnegut has a better idea of what truly makes for compelling writing: “Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, and not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style. I am not urging you to write a novel, by the way — although I would not be sorry if you wrote one, provided you genuinely cared about something. A petition to the mayor about a pothole in front of your house or a love letter to the girl next door will do.”