The Importance of Sincerity When Writing Non-Fiction

Synopsis
Sincerity is extremely important to all of us because it helps to build trust with each other. And trust is one the fundamental building blocks to developing a lasting and rewarding relationship. It’s especially important for non-fiction writers to display sincerity with their words. Readers can sense this, and will reward writers that they trust by following them, reading their articles, and buying their books. Here is 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 important to non-fiction writing.
2. You’ll learn how to define and understand sincerity.
3. You’ll learn about the important connection between sincerity and tone in your writing.

Introduction
Sincerity is extremely important to all of us because it helps to build trust with each other. And trust is one the fundamental building blocks to developing a lasting and rewarding relationship. It’s especially important for non-fiction writers to display sincerity with their words. Sincerity, honesty, and respect for the subject matter and for the reader, is essential in order build 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, straight-forward, and honest with their readers. Readers can very quickly sense this, and will reward writers that they trust by following them, reading their articles, and buying their books.

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

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

Term # 1. Writing voice: this refers to when your writing reflects your personality – your individual characteristics – your readers start to understand and connect with you on an emotional level. The tone that you use in your writing helps to reveal to your readers how you feel about the topic you are writing about.

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

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

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

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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, straight-forward, and honest with their readers. Your writing voice helps convey your sincerity 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 in turn will help you sell more books.

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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?
Let me know in the comments section below.

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About Joseph C. Kunz, Jr.

I help those with a desire to share their experience and knowledge - to self-publish nonfiction books that will help them build authority and credibility, establish them as thought leaders, and help them make more money. Kunz is a husband, father of twins, and the co-founder of Dickson Keanaghan, LLC, a medical training and publishing company near New York City.
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