01 Μαρ Honoring a precious relationship
Writing could be, first and foremost, a relationship: between us and the people who read what we create. It’s a dynamic process of communication and sharing that affects all the participants involved.
In fact, I would like to think of this process as a walk of two or more people. We take our readers by the hand. We walk with them side by side through the end of our story. We make them understand, feel, or think. We may trigger them, provoke them, pose questions but also, soothe them, create for them a comfort atmosphere if they are anxious, mind their feelings, apologize or take one step back, if needed.
Readers, as equal counterparts of the relationship, have free will to do as they wish: Walk away or stay with us, agree or disagree, keep their own opinion or seriously consider our point of view.
What comes to me as important, after all, is to be always grateful for the very fact that they chose to have this walk with us, for as long as they wanted, if they wanted to. For, any kind of control and pressure could only damage this precious cord; the walk along the sea shore would go terribly wrong; or the sea itself, in this peculiar writing universe, might be drained. Both for the writer and the reader.
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