The Importance of Sincerity When Writing Non-Fiction

Synopsis
Sincerity is crucial to all of us because it helps build trust. And faith is one of the fundamental building blocks to developing a lasting and rewarding relationship. Non-fiction writers need to display sincerity with their words. Readers can sense this and reward writers they trust by following them, reading their articles, and buying their books. Here is a short discussion on the importance of writing with sincerity.

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What You Will Learn In This Post
1. You’ll learn why sincerity is vital to non-fiction writing.
2. You’ll learn how to define and understand sincerity.
3. You’ll learn about the critical connection between sincerity and tone in your writing.

Introduction
Sincerity is crucial to all of us because it helps build trust. And faith is one of the fundamental building blocks to developing a lasting and rewarding relationship. Non-fiction writers need to display sincerity with their words. Sincerity, honesty, and respect for the subject matter and the reader are essential to building up a tribe of followers, readers, and buyers.

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One of the main ways non-fiction writers display sincerity is by being transparent, straightforward, and honest with their readers. Readers can quickly sense this and reward writers they trust by following them, reading their articles, and buying their books.

Your writing voice, and the connection you make with your reader, are heavily influenced by your sincerity for the subject matter, your sincerity in your desire to help the reader, and the tone you use when you write.

Thank you to Joel Friedlander of TheBookDesigner.com for linking to my blog post from his blog Carnival Of The Indies #113

Thank you to Joel Friedlander of TheBookDesigner.com for linking to my blog post from his blog Carnival Of The Indies #113

Here are three terms that you must understand in order to write with sincerity:

Term # 1. Writing voice refers to when your writing reflects your personality and characteristics. The tone you use in your writing helps reveal how you feel about the topic you are writing about and how you think about the reader. Your writing voice will help your readers understand and connect with you emotionally.

Thank you to best-selling author Elizabeth Spann Craig for sharing and linking to my post.

Thank you to best-selling author Elizabeth Spann Craig for sharing and linking to my post.

Term # 2. Sincerity means having no pretense, deceit, or hypocrisy. And, for example, being honest, genuine, truthful, open, transparent, and candid with the reader. Sincerity should never be faked or feigned because, for your readers to believe what you’re writing about, they must genuinely believe that you’re being honest with them.

“Sincerity is one of the fundamental building blocks to developing trust between you the writer, and your readers.” (Tweet)

To write with sincerity, you must first respect yourself, the subject matter, and, more importantly, the reader. Once you lose the reader’s respect, they’ll never come back to you to read your articles, or buy your books, ever again. Readers, especially today, can detect phony-baloney (aka hypocrisy – sorry I couldn’t resist – I’ve never written that word in a sentence, and it’s such a fun word) a mile away.

Term # 3. Tone: reflects your attitude toward your subject matter AND your attitude toward the reader and will significantly influence how your readers interpret your message. Tone refers to your perspective, such as formal, informal, ironic, serious, sophisticated, comedic, sarcastic, sad, dark, or cheerful.

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Conclusion
Sincerity is one of the fundamental building blocks to developing trust between you, the writer, and your readers. One of the main ways non-fiction writers display sincerity is by being transparent, straightforward, and honest with their readers. Your writing voice helps convey your seriousness and attitude for the subject matter and your sincere desire to help the reader. All of this will help you build a following of readers that will respect you and what you do, which will help you sell more books.

Talkwalker Alerts for Joel Friedlander's Carnival of the Indies #113

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Questions For Us To Think About And Discuss
1. What specific techniques have you used to improve your writing voice?
2. What are some of the changes you’ve made to your tone when writing?

This article also appears in Joel Friedlander’s online publication Carnival of the Indies – Issue #113

This article also appears in Elizabeth Spann Craig’s “Twitterific Writing Links” issue #278

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About Joseph C. Kunz, Jr.

I am a husband, father of twins, grandfather, and co-founder of a medical training and publishing company near New York City. With this website, I hope to encourage others who have a passion for a subject and a desire to help others - to also self-publish to achieve their own personal, financial, and creative goals.
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