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Audience Appeal
November 19th, 2014 by Coral

Today I’m talking and thinking about my audience. And your audience, too. Audience is an important element to a writers success. You shouldn’t, however, tailor your story based off of what you think the audience wants. That will cause unnecessary grief on your part, with your characters being forced into situations un-befitting them and the story. No, see, your audience does not want you to predict their desire.

Typically, the audience wants to be surprised. They want you to throw out new ideas at them, new combinations and realizations and thought. Write for yourself, not the reader. You, the writer, are the most important part of the writing process. If you don’t like what you write, most likely no one else will, either. Treat it as though you are the only audience.

Up to a point, anyway. Don’t let the audience dictate what you write, instead, dictate what the audience feels. You will have to think about what the audience will be interested on occasion, and give thought to what they will understand, so that you don’t end up with a confusing mish-mash of ideas that only you take meaning from. Audience is the end result, so think about it as such. Take your writing in the present, focus on making it good, not making it “right.”

It’s something I think about when I see book reviews for series’ calling them “The next ‘Harry Potter'” or other such nonsense. Because there will never be “another” Harry Potter. That, my friends, would be plagiarism. There will be other books that become great and popular and are fantastic, but Harry Potter will always occupy it’s own niche. A very large niche, at that.  Do not write to become “The next such and such.” Write to be YOU.

Every writer has something unique to bring to the literary world, and the most tragic thing I can think for you to do is to smother that by solely imitating other writers. Imitation is well and dandy in moderation, use some techniques here and there that work for you, but do not drown yourself out of your own work.

When I read your work, it needs to be yours, and not what you think I want to be yours.

That’s my writing thought for today, folks.  I’ll talk to you later, in the meantime, keep writing.


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