Horace famously wrote “If you would have me weep, you must first of all feel grief yourself.”
It’s no secret. If we writers ever hope to make it we must emotionally move our readers.
Our readers come first. That is who we write for. We may write for ourselves – but we only do so to an extent. We write because we want to inspire or shock or excite others.
No writer writes aspiring to stash his writing into the drawer of his desk.
So once we’re over that hurdle and we’ve acknowledged that we actually want to have readers the next hurdle is to figure out how to attract them.