EQ for Writers

Emotional Intelligence is something everyone can practice to make themselves more in-tune with themselves. Writers definitely need to be in-tune with themselves before they try to reach others with their writing.

Here are five ways you can use Emotional Intelligence to raise your EQ and use it to make you a better writer.

  1. Self-Awareness
    You have to know how you feel at all times. You have to know what your strengths are in writing and use them to your advantage. You should know your weaknesses in order to work on them to make you a better writer. Being self-aware causes you to be humble and use that to help your readers understand the story you are trying to tell.
  2. Empathy
    You don’t have to be an Empath to show empathy. Showing empathy towards your future readers is an act of compassion and kindness. Put yourself in your readers’ shoes and imagine how you want them to feel during and after reading your work. Then use those emotions to fuel your writing and word choice.
  3. Self-Regulation
    Regulating your own emotions while you write is extremely important. If you want your readers to feel something, you have to feel it first. You want to put your heart into your writing, however, you want to make sure that you’re only putting the emotions you WANT into your writing. If you’re feeling angry but you’re writing a happy story, you have to be able to self-regulate your emotions to make sure your anger doesn’t show in your writing.
  4. Social Skills
    The two key social skills for writers to focus on are conflict resolution and communication. Conflict resolution is a key part to writing any story because you have to solve the conflict that you created in order to get to the ending. Good conflict resolving skills is equal to good writing. Also, writing, in essence, is communication. You have to have good communication skills in order to get your point across to the readers.
  5. Motivation
    In order to consistently work towards your goal of being published, you have to be self-motivated. The keys to being motivated is to know why you’re doing what you do, having hope of accomplishing your goal, and having direction or a step-by-step map to follow in order for you to complete your tasks.

Dawn Zauner – Writing Expert
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