---”Shout, shout, let it all out. These are the things I can do without!”
--Tears for Fears (1985)
Writers are natural communicators. It’s how we connect.
In some cases, it’s how we correct!
Whether we’re penning romantic poetry to the object of our affection, writing a complaint letter in an effort to improve poor customer service, or crafting book reviews to share our love of literature, words make us feel empowered, validated and “heard“.
Which is why “RANTS” are a popular choice for today’s bloggers.
A Rant is simply defined as: “Something said in a loud or aggressive manner.” Or think of it as a commentary piece with bite.
Though the reasons for rants are as varied as the people who write them, here are some of the most common reasons writers rant:
- Because “misery loves company.”
- It makes us feel empowered. We can’t control our bosses, work lives, or escalating gas prices, but we do own our thoughts, blogs and opinions.
- It allows us to form alliances with people who share our struggles and philosophies.
- It’s often cathartic and relieves stress.
But, lack savvy here, and you may come across as bitter, emotionally immature, and in need of a good therapist. And even worse, it wastes your readers’ valuable time; which translates into potential lost revenue as well as readers’ confidence.
Here’s an example of a rant I wrote, months ago, (for example) that deals with issues writers face:
Rants are a great way to use your platform to make some noise and make a difference. With this in mind, here are a few practices and principles that can help you
“sound-off” without sounding silly.
2. Stop the profanity insanity!
It’s perfectly possible to get the gravity of your point across without using 4-letter words. Hell! Besides, you just never know who could be reading. A church member? Your in-laws? Your kids? Hello!
3. Use humor when applicable.
Try to show the lighter side of things. A tasteful joke or funny anecdote often works.
4. Remember the acronym W.I.I.F.M.
In other words what’s in it for me as a reader? What’s the value of your vent? What lessons can you impart? Did you enlighten? Entertain? Empower?
5. Remember, rants can be powerful weapons in the daily battles of a writer’s life.
Use them wisely (and sparingly) for optimal results. Elevate…don’t escalate.
So the next time you’re “hot under the collar” about something, rock a Rant.
It might be the perfect way to “ignite” a movement and express your ideas with passion and purpose.
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TEARS FOR FEARS- (My anthem for rants) Shout, Shout!
Have a great week.