Wow, what a wild ride. I had no idea that a little blog like mine would ever grace the front page of WordPress. I’m still in shock.
The dear Captain of the Axiom from Wall-E pictured here captures my feelings about this whole experience. The ship is the blog and I’m hanging on for the ride of my life. It’s exhilarating and terrifying all at once.
First things first, a thank you is in order for all you who subscribed – I hope I live up to your expectations and provide the entertaining and insightful posts you crave. Also a big thanks to everyone who left comments, I have had a wonderful time reading everyone’s thoughts on the use of adverbs in writing.
Now to today’s topic – writing for an audience.
When writing do you know who you are writing for? Stephen King talks about this in detail in his writing memoir “On Writing” which I recently reviewed. He pictures a perfect fan and writes for her. He knows what will make her laugh and what will shock her. He makes an effort to create a story that this imaginary person will love. If she loves it, chances are lots of other people will also.
When writing this blog, my audience is other writers. I search for topics that writers might find useful, motivational, or at least humorous. Whenever I find advice or tools that help me improve my writing then I share it here.
When writing fiction my audience changes. I gear my current work in progress towards adults who love epic fantasy but tire of the same story reinvented over and over. My goal is to sell my book to these people – lots and lots of these people.
There are those who say, “I write for myself,” but want to publish their fiction. There is one major flaw to this audience of one – it blinds the writer. When they write, the imagery exists in their heads and struggles to reach the page. Their readers don’t have access to these images and therefore lose the flavor and vitality of the story. It makes for frustrating reading.
The take home lesson – write for someone. See the story through their eyes. Make it come alive!