I've heard a theme lately in my conversations with writers. You want to write because you want to connect with others. The admission comes with a hesitant tone, as if you don't want to be presumptuous that you would be published someday.
But you want to entertain people. You want to make them laugh. You want to make them think, consider things from a new perspective, and maybe even learn from your experiences. You want them to feel something when they read your work.
As a writing coach, I love that. It means that you want to give your readers a meaningful experience. And I know that when you do, it will be a meaningful for you too.
IT IS NOT SILLY TO DREAM THAT YOUR WRITING WILL MAKE READERS FEEL. IT'S IMPERATIVE.
You can harness that desire and use it to hone your writing by giving readers the types of details that let them experience the story as if they were really there. Sharing what you or a character saw, heard, smelled, tasted, or touched lets your reader have an actual experience. And when they can see and feel what's going on, they can sense the emotions, understand the lessons, and feel a sense of kinship with you. The writer.
If it sounds like a tall order, remember--it's all about practice. And as you play around with it, I know you'll see a change in the way your writing affects others. You'll see stronger, more powerful connections with readers. In your writing group. On your blog. When you show a friend. And even when you publish.