if you write it, will they read it?

I do write for myself first.  I admit it.  It’s my process.  As I write for myself, if it feels “right on” in some way, I then have a desire to refine and share it with others.  I can’t keep it to myself if I discover something exciting, intriguing or fun.

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Beyond writing for yourself, do you write for an audience…then, who is your audience? If you are writing a book, an essay, a poem, a trilogy, a novel or nonfiction, do you have someone in mind? By envisioning your readers, might you have a better idea of what and how your writing unfolds?

If you write it, will they read it?
A writer’s voice–it’s tone and cadence, it’s inherent poetry, the subject matter and author’s perspective–are some of the aspects of writing that gather an audience, a following of readers.  Then, there are less obvious things that make a reader choose your book off a bookshelf and take it home.  A connection that is felt…sometimes it’s the book title or cover.  A flip through the pages and a catchphrase that makes a reader curious to know more. Or it could be what you’ve written on the back cover of the book.  Or even the reviews from other authors.

I remember the slogan of a cement truck company in San Francisco from years ago “Find a need and fill it.”  That’s what writers strive to do.  Then, when all the other elements of a book are “in place,”  our audience grows up around this need and the author’s inferred promise of offering a solution.  Even if that solution is solely for the reader’s entertainment.

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Remember this scene from Field of Dreams?  If only we had such a mentor as James Earl Jones when we are procrastinating on writing or hesitant to put it out there.

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “if you write it, will they read it?

  1. Thank you for this reminder. So often it is our own need we fill by writing and yet you do find you attract those looking for that message along the way. And what a perfect video clip to use!

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  2. Thank you, Danielle, for your comment. I find that when I post a blog, or craft a writing workshop, it is usually based in my own experience. It’s always comforting to realize that I’m not alone in what I discover and then share. Some have said, we find our tribe(s).

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