Trusting the ReaderPosted: December 23, 2015
I have trust issues. Goes back a ways.
I have felt for most of my life the need to completely explain a thing – so there is no gray, no miscommunication, no room for error. Thus my often asides.
(Waco hates asides in my writing – but she’s a reader, quite well read, and sees asides as a distraction. Recently read Harper Lee’s new Watchman. Said it was good. I call her Scout now.)
I am trying to learn to trust more. Trust the reader to get it when I am trying to be clever. To fill in blanks because they can. To not worry if they might “miss” the point.
I’m getting there. I just need to believe you readers are smarter than you look.
Pondering this morning I realized a huge reason why I use asides. It’s not just for you, dear struggling reader, it’s so you won’t assume I’m not in on my own joke. That’s ego. Not pretty.