Day 1 – “A” Audience
I can’t believe that it is April already! I have been looking forward to this challenge since last years’ ended, and have since been planning and outlining and gearing up for a month of writing-themed blog posts. As I mentioned in my theme reveal post, I had been debating a few theme ideas, but ended up deciding on “Writing” as it is a topic I’m passionate about and hope it will elicit a number of great conversations with my fellow bloggers and writers, comparing tips and motivations, routines and methods.
And so, A. Audience. When trying to decide which direction to go on this, I was initially thinking of the importance of audience. As I pondered this, I thought about the audience I have in mind when I write, whether that be my blog posts, my novel writing, poetry I submit for publication, etc. That made me quickly realize that I typically don’t write with an audience in mind, which got me wondering if this is common. If others write strictly for themselves, and only after the piece is written do they present their work to a specific audience based on the content, or if from the get-go they write for an audience.
During my college career that is all we did. Particularly as an English major, all we did was write. Write to inform, write to persuade, write to elicit an emotion. All different types of writing, but with a target audience of either the professor, an assigned party, or the group of fellow students. In my professional career, I do technical and business writing on a daily basis, writing employment-related documents and articles for a very specific audience. That audience ranges from employees, managers, and executives, to business professionals and potential clients.
For my personal writing however, I write strictly for myself. Of course I love being read, I love discussing my work with my audience (my readers and followers), but I don’t necessarily write for them. Granted, this may change as I get closer to finishing my novel, as I progress further along the path of getting a collection of poetry published, I may realize that I need to edit and tweak my writing for that audience. But, as I write my initial work, I write as I feel motivated and inspired by a variety of random things, people, and places, I write to please the creative gremlins that urge me to get things down on paper, and I write to create a sense of peace and calm within myself.
Is this normal? Is this common? Do you write for an audience and if so, are only certain pieces tailored for that group of individuals? Does it depend on what you’re writing and how it is presented/published? I’m curious to hear your thoughts on this one!
Happy writing and good luck to all my fellow bloggers as we embark on the A-Z Blogging Challenge over the next month! 🙂