The best way to start this post out is with a disclaimer. I might seem a little harsh when I’m telling writers and authors how much responsibility they have towards their books and their legacy. I don’t mean it to sound that way, except towards myself. I got in touch with my inner drill sergeant a long time ago, and much of who I am and what I have came from letting the guy be a little brutal with me from time to time. In the end that’s what this blog is, one long letter to Yesterday Jay. If it sounds like I’m being a bit forceful about my more than occasional kick in the pants rant, don’t take it personally.
He’s my drill sergeant; that’s my job. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write Bonus Post – If I Just Reach One Person”
If there is one thing that has always been important to me, it’s reading. When I did it for escape, it saved me from the reality that was trying to shape me into something other than I longed to be. Books show us that there isn’t just a whole other world out there; there are endless other worlds out there! Reading can give sweet escape to the overwhelmed, a fresh perspective to an old and tired viewpoint, and a whole new start to what may have otherwise been a dead end life. I should know; it did all those things for me. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #024 – The Blessed Reader”
I’m a big fan of meeting readers. I think it’s important for authors to figure out just who will love their books, and do their best to introduce them to each other. There are a variety of ways to do this, and I’m only barely getting started. However, as I pointed out before, I am here to help the writer who is where I was a few years ago. When I need advice, I look for folks one or two levels up from me. I know that trying to do things like someone five levels up will not work at my level. If you don’t understand levels, think deeply on this subject if you want to get anywhere but where you are. If you deny the existence of levels, or think they aren’t fair to point out, I heartily encourage you to get the hell off my page.
For the rest of us, a good understanding of levels is essential. For authors, a good understanding of their readers is equally important. Some research can be done at home, and it can be done easily once you slap a few labels on your book. Find your genre, and your sub-genre, and then find out what your key demographic is. You can reverse engineer this if you want to write with the reader in mind; pick your audience, and then write what they read. It’s one of the ideas we’ll explore later, when we talk about where authors go for stories. That’s not the kind of writing we’re discussing here, though; we’re talking about that first book, and it is often written for the author more than the reader. It’s also not always the easiest sell. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #016 – Who’s Reading, Anyway?”