What happens when a reader reads your writing? How much stays? How much falls away?
Do you write for impact? To stir the senses? Craft and sculpt a storyline that the reader can follow, evoke feelings using words and images that stay with the reader long after the book, the articles, the essay, the blog post, the speech is back on the shelf? If you do not, why not? And if you do, is it working for you?
Once you have written something and send it out, it is no longer yours: your writing does not belong to you in any way other than the legal way. People will read you or not. Interpret your writing, and take things from it and stick it in their mind to think about. Or not. People will like your writing. Or not.
When you write and invite the 26 letters and some 300,000 – 1 million words to visit with you, and gather up some of them into whatever it is you’re writing, you might want some other people to read your work. And you might want them to finish it with a certain thought or feeling or question or answer. So think about your words.
Let no word be a lost word, no letter a lost letter. You are a writer. Create a safe space for them to be and stay with the reader and be loved.