3.18.2012,8:46 AM
For Whom the Writing Tolls
Forget your generalized audience. In the first place, the nameless, faceless audience will scare you to death and in the second place, unlike the theater, it doesn’t exist. In writing, your audience is one single reader. I have found that sometimes it helps to pick out one person—a real person you know, or an imagined person and write to that one. - John Steinbeck

For those writers who sometimes struggle with the 'other' side of writing -the readers- heed the sage advice of John Steinbeck. Sometimes we as writers are silenced by our own fear of writing for the 'others'. I've always liked the quote (from whom now escapes my failing memory),"Write it..... and they will read." And shied away from "Pick your audience and write for them." The creative process seems to die under the crush of the latter.

More Steinbeck tips on writing at Brain Pickings.


posted by Macrobe
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