It is understood in the industry that you will need to know the answer
to this questions: who is your target audience? Even if you don’t
have a specific audience in mind, think about why you wrote your
If you wre writing a self help guide for teenagers and your
inspiration was your young niece about to enter that period of her
life then say that. Every writer writes for some reason even if it’s
just for themselves.
Emily Dickenson only wrote for herself. Her poems never saw the light
of day until AFTER she passed away. Stephani Meyer, author of
Twilight, said, “What’s funny about that is when I was writing Twilight just for
myself and not thinking of it as a book, I was not thinking about
publishing…” She had a dream of a girl talking to a beautiful man
in a forest. When she woke up, she couldn’t get the image out of her
head and also wanted to find out more so she started to write.
But when it comes to the wire, you shouldn’t say that you were writing
it for yourself. It doesn’t help publishing houses know where to
market your work.
If you do find that this is your answer the ask yourself why someone
like you would read your work? I will use myself as an example:
When I first started Volocio, I was very heavy into reading Young
Adult. The stories drew me in more. I did venture into more adult
fantasy but I found their info dumps to be a little too much for me at
times. In my experience the adults fantasy worlds tend to be a little
more complex. Don’t get me wrong, they are complicated because the
writers create such real and vivid worlds with its own vast history
and culture and prophecy. It is wonderful what these writers can come
up with but sometimes the back story is a little too much more me.
Other times I loves it. Depends on my mood. Even today I am still
more drawn to books that sit in the Young Adult section.
So I guess my work will be geared as YA.
So there you have it. One of your first homework assignments as you
write your work. Even if you are writing forself, remember that there
are others like you with your similar tastes. Figure out what that
means to you.
Until Next Time,
Right now, I am flooded with ideas. So many ideas that there is not enough time in the day to get it all down in writing. Trouble is: I currently make my living at a pharmaceutical company where I work a normal 9-5. That’s 40 hours a week that I don’t get to write. ARGH!
Aye, there’s the rub.
I’ve known since I was young that writing was my passion. However, I’ve always known that the chances of making a living off of writing was slim to none which was why I went for my second passion: science.
Yes, I make good money, but I do have to work. I am not the only one who works to live and spends the rest of her time living her dream. One of my co-workers spends his free-time on his productions.
I know this is a shameless plug, but go and check out his skits: http://www.youtube.com/user/PlusKewlFilms
Anyway, with this influx of ideas and a full-time job…how do I manage? You have to do what you can. Me, I always carry a notebook. If I get an idea, I jot it down (even if I have to take a quick restroom break to do it). Obviously, I have to be serious about my job, so I try to take advantage during a tea break (yes, I take tea breaks as I don’t drink coffee) or lunch break. That way when I get home my ideas are written down and not forgotten. It’s hard but you have to do what you have to do.
One of my besties is a playwright in New York. She’s getting her masters at Queens and is getting so much exposure. I am so happy and slightly jealous. I want that kind of exposure but I have my job. Ugh. She deserves great things, she is such a wonderful writer.
I will get there. I know I will, it will just take longer.
But I know that I am not the only one going through this. I know there are people out there working for the man while trying to live the dream. It’s hard. But never stop. The important thing to remember is this: when it comes to art, you have to do it for yourself. Honestly, don’t do it for the fame or the glory or for anyone else. You have to do it for you. You. You. You.
I know this is quick, but I had to mention it.
That’s all for now.