If you want your readers to feel connected to you and your work, it’s important for you to have a physical connection to it as well. It’s not just about banging out words on a computer. Painters, photographers and sculptors have it. Writers need to have it also.
Writing fiction? Then step away from the computer, and maybe do your character studies by hand. Use paper, white board, post its, whatever you need to physically connect to your work. Write down everything you know about them, their relationships with other characters, their back stories…hold their lives physically in your hands.
If you’re writing non-fiction, try doing your outline by hand on paper, or at least jot down some notes and ideas. Think about what it is you want to say, how you feel about it, how it affects you…Readers will be much more intrigued and interested in your writing if they can sense a real connection.
Making a physical connection to your work is establishing true ownership. You created it, so make it truly yours. Your readers will be able to tell the difference.
Some great notebooks I love and always carry are Field Notes.
Great advice from famous writers.
Good all around writing info and tools.
Some music from Jimmy Buffet to start your day.