About me: I'm an aspiring author, native Missourian living in southern Utah, and wife of a lovely Brit I convinced to hop countries for me. On any day you can catch me reading, writing, snooping bookstores, and taking advantage of the gorgeous outdoors here in St. George. On bad days, you’ll hear me complain about the driving, the scorching sun, and the fact that I’m hungry and can’t eat what I want (I’m also Celiac and on a strict gluten-free diet!)I've been a member of the LDS church for seven years, and was lucky enough to be married in the Salt Lake Temple over two years ago. No kids yet, but I hope you'll still invite me into the Mommy group! :)
Today I had a reminder on this topic: For whom do you write? I'm not talking about "writing for yourself", which is, of course, very important. The question we must bear in mind is Who is at the other end of my writing? The reason you're writing and the audience you write for are very similar. Today a friend and reader told me he struggled through the first chapter of a WIP. At first, I was injured, bumming around, even hyperventilating (I tend to be dramatic, too). I searched other opinions, and wondered if all this rewriting had been done in vain. Then someone said, "Who do you write for? What's your target audience?"
I realized the friend with the particular bad critique wasn't in my target audience - a good reason why it hadn't sucked him in as it had others. Questions to bear in mind when writing: What sort of expectations will your audience have? Does your audience have pet peeves or certain writing practices? What is your point of view, or that of your characters? Will your audience disagree with it? What's the reading level of your readers? Are your experiences relatable? Are your character sketches clear? Is the voice consistent and does it suit the genre? *Food for thought that I'll be digesting myself!