I've never heard of a writer not wanting his or her work to impact their readers. It's true that the best pieces come when authors write for themselves, but that doesn't mean they don't have the desire for their readers to connect with the characters, emotions, or message. Here are a few suggestions that will help add element and flavor to your writing:
Remember Your Audience:
Your topics will not always be liked or suitable for everyone. It's impossible to please the entire world; you should keep that in your mind at all times. For that reason, don't be discouraged or admit failure when someone doesn't get a feeling for something you've written. When you're writing consider what audience you wish to target, and never be scared to hear someone's opinion on your work. Even if the opinions you receive aren't uplifting, it could still aid you in growing toward being a better writer.
Say it Loud:
Read it aloud. Listen for meter, pitch, pace, rhyme, and tone. See if you stumble in any areas. If you stumble over your own words, then there's a chance someone else will do the same. Explore the emotional connotations of the words and phrases to see if you think your message will come across clearly to the reader.
Research is Your Friend:
If you are writing a biographical poem, a poem about a state, or a poem based on actual facts, and you aren't familiar with your topic, then by all means do some research. You don't want to label something as the truth when it's merely fiction.
Never Be Afraid to Edit:
Editing can be a fabulous thing! Even a minor change in wording or punctuation could alter the way something is perceived by the reader. Don't frustrate yourself by thinking that you'll never be finished. Each time you edit a piece of work, you may find that it improves your writing, or that it sparks new ideas in your mind. A little fine tuning could get the motor running in your story.
Save Your Work:
If you have been writing something and choose to not use your current ideas within the piece you are working on, then keep it on the back-burner. Don't throw it away because it's not fitting into your story. Those ideas could be reworked into a later piece. It's always good to revisit ideas you haven't used when you're in search of inspiration.
There are different shades to every story. Explore, experiment, and discover what shade works best for you.
Lexi is an author on http://www.Writing.Com/ which is a site for Creative Writing .